Ama Ata Aidoo Walks Out Of CEGENSA Event At University Of Ghana
Ghanaian author and poet Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo walked out of a programme organized by the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) at the University of Ghana in her honor.
She walked out after noticing that her name was wrongly spelt on both the programme cover and the banner.
Daughter of the celebrated author and poet, Kinna Kintu took to twitter to announce that, “My mother walked out of a CEGENSA event today meant to celebrate her and the winners of a short story competition.” She again tweeted “Both banner and programme cover had her name as ‘Ama Atta Aidoo’ and not ‘Ama Ata Aidoo’, which is the correct spelling of her name.”
She took time to explain why her mother took that decision to leave the programme. “She’s been battling this for a while now, culminating in her walking out of an event in her honor today.” She further wrote on twitter, “Of course, she couldn’t have stayed. I know my mum. She would have felt bad throughout the event.”
Kinna Kintu appeared appalled by the fact that CEGENSA being an academic institute could be that “sloppy” “Messy. We must pay more attention to details of things. Disheartening as CEGENSA is academic institute. They know her, her name, her work.”
The event was organized in her honor for her multiple roles as a pan-African feminist, an author, poet, playwright and academic as well as her contribution to Africa’s renaissance and also to award the winner of a short story competition organised by the Centre as part of their 10th anniversary celebration.