Amina Mama – some resources

The following resources are available online:

1. Mama, A. & Salo, E. Talking about Feminism in Africa

2. Where we must stand: African women in an age of war

3. Amina Mama on Gender, religion and militarism

4. What does it mean to do feminist research in Africa




‘For Bessie Head’ by Ama Ata Aidoo

A is for Ama Ata Aidoo, Ghanaian poet. Her other major works include hanaian professor, author, playwright and poet. Her major works include Anowa (1970) which is attached, No Sweetness Here (1970), Our Sister’s Killjoy (1977), and Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint (1977

Kinna Reads

The following was written by Ama Ata Aidoo in 1988.

For Bessie Head

To begin with
there’s the small problem of address:

calling you
by the only name some of us
knew you by,

hailing you by titles
you could not possibly
have cared for,

referring you to
strange and clouded
origins that eat into
our past our pain
like prize-winning cassava tubers in
abandoned harvest fields…

Some of us never ever met you.

And who would believe
that but those who know
the tragedies of our land
visions unopening and other such
abortions are
every day reality?

To continue a
confession of sorts,

‘Miss Head’ will just not do
‘Bessie’ too familiar
Bessie Head,

your face swims into focus
through soft clouds of
cigarette smoke and from behind the
much much harder barriers erected by some
quite unbelievable
20th. century philosophy,

saying more of
your strength

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