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Amma Darko

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The Ghanaian writer Amma Darko

Amma Darko (born June 26, 1956 in Koforidua, Ghana) is a Ghanaian author. She published her first novel in 1995. For her works, she received the Ghana Book Council Development Award. Her books have been translated into many languages.


Amma Darko was born Ophelia Darko. The name "Amma" is used in the Akan culture for a girl born on a Saturday. Usually, this day-name is more common than the official name.

Her mother comes from Saltpond (Central Region, Ghana) and belongs to the Fanti people, her father was born in Aburi (Eastern region, Ghana) and belongs to the Akwapim. Because of matrilineal lineage, Amma Darko is a Fanti.

From Northern Ghana, she moved to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. She studied at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where she received her diploma in 1980. Afterwards she worked for the Technology Consultancy Centre.

From 1981 until 1987, she lived in Germany. Since 1988, she has been living in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

In 1999, she won the Ghana Book Award.