A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo. BOY 2 Two children in a dream. The boy being the. GIRL, ghost of Ato’s former self. The Bird of the Wayside. The Dilemma of a Ghost was first presented by the . The Dilemma of a Ghost: Ama Ata Aidoo: recognition with a problem play, The Dilemma of a Ghost (), in which a Ghanaian student returning home brings.

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Two powerful plays by a leading African author about conflicts between spouses and between parents and children. I have read and enjoyed her writing before, especially her novel Changes.

Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa, by Ama Ata Aidoo.

I just wrote a review of Japanese novel which complicates the picture for me. Dilemma of Ghost is a well done, penetrating play about a Ghanaian man who marries an Africa-American woman and the challenges of living life in Ghana during the early years of independence.

Both plays deal with the legacy of slavery in Africa. Of course, it would be even better to see these plays staged!

The Dilemma of a Ghost – Ama Ata Aidoo

Interracial marriages are common now in Ghana but I dare say that much adaptation and accommodation on both sides dilejma required to make it work. I think a richer experience would be had by a reader with some understanding of the friction between Africans and African Americans on the point of slavery, but even without that background the writing is beautiful and the literary merit obvious.


So, uh, here is a compressed weasel in a top jat. Both are mildly sympathetic with the independence of sons and daughters, but for me their real strength lay in the ability to convey positively why the parents were justified in trying to keep them within the family.

Feb 15, Sarah Norman rated it it was ok.

Reasonably well-crafted, some interesting aspects. Dilemma of a ghost – 3. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

ANOWA tells the story – I think traditional – of a woman who rebelled against her family, and chose her own husband; and then, when her husband to everyone’s surprise became successful, rebelled against him too. No one seems able to move out of the impasse, until the mother offers to teach the bride about family traditions. More deserving writers got attention.

These are a pair of charming little plays written by a Ghanaian woman in the s. The debates around language and orality which have been at the anlwa of much of the discussion surrounding African Literature resonate in much of Ama Ata Aidoo’s work.

I preferred Anowa to The Dilemma of a Ghost, but overall, both were good, easy reads.


Which mean this is the bibliophile version of Kilroy Was Here. Well that sounds a bit dramatic, but you know what I mean. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The story in Dilemma of a Ghost happens even to Africans who marry from different ethnic groups. About Ama Ata Aidoo. Feb 07, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 30, Breanna Morgan rated it really liked it. An interesting play, a bit more than a period piece it was written in the early sbut not truly compelling.

The first is modern, the later is based on tradition story; both speak to acculturation and lack thereof. It was interesting to read about the expectation expected from family. She was sent to a convent school, and her headmistress there gave her her first typewriter. I strongly recommend them to all readers, especially to non-Africans seeking to understand African dilemmas in their own terms. Read this at BCC. Aidoo wrote Dilemma of a Ghost in the s when she was still a college student. The Dilemma of a Ghost – US.