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    Africa is not fulfilling people's hopes and aspirations. African leaders have not had an agenda that included governing Africa so that people would find their careers, their life, dreams and visions fulfilled here.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    Because I am an African, I am a Ghanaian.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    At the age of 15, a teacher had asked me what I wanted to do for a career, and without knowing why or even how I replied that I wanted to be a poet.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: age  knowing  career  poet 
     
    The very old certainly do not go back on lunch remains but they do bite back at old conversational topics ...
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    Politicians are easy to attack, but frankly, we are all guilty of not meeting the needs of Africa's young people properly.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: people  young  africa  meeting 
     
    Once in a while I catch myself wondering whether I would have found the courage to write if I had not started to write when I was too young to know what was good for me.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: young  write  courage 
     
    Soyinka's Death at Dawn, Auden's Musée des Beaux Arts, Stevie Smith's Not Waving but Drowning and Wislawa Szymborska's Some People come to mind immediately. But there are plenty, plenty more that I enjoy.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: death  people  mind 
     
    No matter what anybody says, we can't have it all. Not if you are a woman. Not yet.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: women 
     
    Things are working out... towards their dazzling conclusions.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    Ghana is like a lion without a head
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    I always wanted to write poetry, even when I was very young.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: young  poetry  write 
     
    Its a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: children  sad  moment  child  parent 
     
    They had always told me that I wrote like a man.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: men 
     
    Once an interesting idea or theme occurs to me then I would want to write a poem about it. The rest, frankly, is not difficult.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: write  poem  ideas 
     
    Love is fine for singing about and love songs are good to listen to, sometimes even to dance to. But when we need food for our stomachs and clothes for our backs, love is nothing. Ah my lady, the last man any woman should think of marrying is the man she loves.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: men  women  food  song  dance 
     
    the best way to sharpen a knife is not to whet one side of it only. And neither can you solve a riddle by considering only one end of it.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    I've written poems about gifts. Life is inspirational; sometimes it comes from the most unlikely places.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: gift  poem 
     
    money-making is like a god possessing a priest. He never will leave you, until he has occupied you, wholly changed the order of your being, and seared you through and up and down. Then only would he eventually leave you, but nothing of you except an exhausted wreck, lying prone and wondering who are you.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: lying  god 
     
    Time by itself means nothing, no matter how fast it moves, unless we give it something to carry for us; something we value. Because it is such a precious vehicle, is time.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: time  value 
     
    For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism. It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: fight  literature  artist 
     
    Sometimes a word or an argument will trigger a poem.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: poem 
     
    People are worms, and even the God who created them is immensely bored with their antics.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: people  god 
     
    There are powerful forces undermining progress in Africa. But one must never underestimate the power of the people to bring about change.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    Humans, not places, make memories.
    — Ama Ata Aidoo
    tags: memory 
     
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    ama ata aidoo
    Birth    : March 23, 1940
    Occupation  : Author