Filmmaker/Writer Yaba Badoe’s Indiegogo crowdfunding efforts to raise 45,000USD for the completion of “The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo” continues. She had this to say when I asked her about the project during an interview in September 2011:
As a novelist with roots in both Ghana and Britain, I’m acutely aware of the significance of women’s voices in recounting alternative histories. Ama Ata Aidoo’s life and writing give those of us working on Women Writing Africa: Ama Ata Aidoo at 70 – Amina Mama, poet and critic Abena Busia, and myself – the opportunity to profile an African literary icon as a means to tell the story of post-colonial politics and culture in Ghana through the eyes of a prolific, colourful, Ghanaian intellectual. Her short stories novels and plays have achieved international acclaim.
However, Ama Ata Aidoo is a writer with a difference: an artist prepared to dip her toes in the turbulent waters of ‘revolutionary’ change to serve her country as Minister of Education. The idea that creativity can be used as a force to lambast, expose and fight corruption and authoritarianism, as well as instigate change through action, is a form of creativity that is fascinating.
Visit The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo Indiegogo webpage for details about the fundraising efforts and to make a contribution.