Ama Ata Aidoo - "The Message." During our discussions this week we will explore the relations between language and culture, oral communication and written communication, and also modern and traditional cultures. After reading the story and reviewing the questions provided, you will acquire a better understanding of how culture, language, and tradition influence one another.start by reviewing the study questions below
"The Message" by Ama Ata Aidoo (E-Reserve, the password is "worldlit" - follow the link to Achebe, "Dead Man's Path")
Ama Ata Aidoo (b. 1947) was born a daughter of a chief in central Ghana; she went on to study at the University of Ghana where she produced her first play. She has since become an important African writer, producing plays, poems, short stories, and novels that explore questions of political and cultural autonomy as well as women's liberation. Though Ghana received independence in 1957, the period that followed was one of disillusionment. In "The Message," a story from No Sweetness Here (1970), Aidoo explores the challenging intersection between Western and African cultures with wit and insight.
Image source: www.ghanaweb.com
Gwynn, R.S., Campbell, Wanda. Fiction: A Pocket Anthology. Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson, 2002.
The Republic of Ghana - quick facts:
"Ghana" means Warrior King
Became independent in 1958
Population: 24 million, 100 different ethnic groups
Official language - English
Number of languages spoken - 250
Adult literacy rates - male: 71%, female: 58%
Postcolonial Africa - Find the Republic of Ghana on the map of Africa
Africa Map Quiz - test your knowledge of African geography