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Kofi Awoonor
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8th Ghana Permanent Representative to the United Nations
In office
1990–1994
President Jerry Rawlings
Preceded by James Victor Gbeho
Succeeded by George Lamptey
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Born
George Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor-Williams

(1935-03-13)13 March 1935
Wheta, Gold Coast, Ghana
Died 21 September 2013(2013-09-21) (aged 78)
Nairobi, Kenya
Nationality Ghanaian
Alma mater
Occupation Poet, author, academic and diplomat

Kofi Awoonor (born George Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor-Williams; 13 March 1935 – 21 September 2013) was a Ghanaian poet and author whose work combined the poetic traditions of his native Ewe people and contemporary and religious symbolism to depict Africa during decolonization. He started writing under the name George Awoonor-Williams, and was also published as Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor. He taught African literature at the University of Ghana. Professor Awoonor was among those who were killed in the September 2013 attack at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was a participant at the Storymoja Hay Festival.

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