In Anowa, her second play, Ama Ata Aidoo borrows heavily from the heritage of oral literature for the structure, the language, the themes and the characters of. Anowa: African theatre: Ghana: of a Ghost () and Anowa (). Both, however, are works of great stature. The Dilemma of a Ghost is concerned with the. Prologue Summary. Anowa is Ama Ata Aidoo’s play about the conflicts which arise when a woman named Anowa rejects tribal conventions, marries the man of .

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Anowa is a play by Ghanaian playwright Ama Ata Aidoo published in Anowa is disappointed by her parents’ reaction and leaves the family, setting off with Kofi Ako. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Anowa. This article includes a list of referencesrelated reading or external linksbut its sources remain unclear abowa it lacks inline citations.

abowa The strong, wilful title character of Anowa causes her family concern because she is not yet married as the play begins, “six years after her puberty”. Anowa argues with him and finds out that he had lost his ability to bear children and the fault was in him and not in her.

Anowa also greatly resents being told that she no longer needs to work as they have slaves to do it.

The strange fates of the couple, and the odd way of getting to this moral are a bit peculiar, but there is decent drama to it. There is one oddity in the village, though, and that is the girl named Anowa.


Introduction & Overview of Anowa

It is as she says “more or less my own rendering of a kind of. But Kofi Ako, too, seems to have sacrificed a great deal for his wealth; he has sacrificed his manhood and as a result Anowa learns that he is impotent. Anowa is not solely a historical tale; by using oral literary techniques, Aidoo portrays a sort of symbolic history of events which forces her audience to reflect on anoww social issues.

Anowa is Ama Ata Aidoo’s play about the conflicts which arise when a woman named Anowa rejects tribal conventions, marries the man of her own choice and is forced to live with the consequences due to her inherent pride. Anowa represents the modern woman who pllay to make her own decisions and live life as per her choice.

He requests her to be like other normal women. The Dilemma of a Ghost – India. Her attitude leads to her destruction. They become successful — rich, even. An independent spirit, Anowa has her own ideas.

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Fairly well written, neatly presented and with some interesting characters in Anowa and Kofi Ako, Anowa is a fairly powerful piece of theatre. She determines to run away with Kofi Ako and vows never to return home.

Anowa | Introduction & Overview

pplay The play has a unique trait where a couple, an old man and an old woman, play the role of the Chorus. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Kofi Ako and Anowa leave and start their own business, trading with the white foreigners. She consciously uses these art forms and effectively shows the merits and intricacies of these traditional art forms while adapting them to deal with modern issues in Ghanaian society such as the effects slavery and capitalism have had on the Ghanaian people.


The play is set in the s on the Gold Coastand tells the story of the heroine Anowa’s failed marriage to the slave trader Kofi Ako. The Dilemma of a Ghost – Canada. What Do I Read Next?

Drawing on the tradition of oral literature, through the means of which many societies passed on their histories from one generation to the next, Plag portrays a crucial historical moment in Ghanaian history through the personal tragedy of Anowa and Kofi Ako.

Anowa opens in a village called Yebi on the Ghana coast of Africa in the year This page was last edited on 7 Aprilat The old couple tells of the providence of the village brought by the creator and that everything is lived in znowa. Aidoo based the play on regional legends and folktales, some of which were about the “disobedient daughter.

They have slaves to do their work and can indulge in indolence — or at least Kofi Ako can. Order our Anowa Study Guide. View the Study Pack. Anowa by Ama Ata Aidoo.