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"Going home is another story": Constructions of Nation and Gender in Ama Ata Aidoo's Changes

Jane Bryce


Both the title and the epigraph quote from Aidoo's last collection of poems, an Angry Letter in January (1992), a volume in which the experience of exile, questions of place and belonging, of home and identity, reverberate like wailing off a wall. A committed political activist in the Ghanaian revolution of 1981, for several years subsequently, Aidoo lived elsewhere than Ghana (in Zimbabwe, to be precise). Though Aidoo merits a place in the company of her peers - those African writers like Achebe, Soyinka, Armah, Sembene, Farah, Ngugi et al, whose work has proceeded in step with the post-Independence histories of their countries - she has until recently been similarly displaced in terms of her literary reputation.

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West Africa Review. ISSN: 1525-4488 (online).
Editors: Adeleke Adeeko, Nkiru Nzegwu, and Olufemi Taiwo.

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