This is embarrassing and borderline inexcusable. You can’t honour someone and not know how to spell their name!
This is how we treat our heroes?
Legendary Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo walked out of an event in her honour over the weekend after the both the banner and event program brochure spelled her name wrongly.
It had her middle name ‘Ata’ spelled out as ‘Atta’.
University of Ghana’s Centre for Gender Studies & Advocacy (CEGENSA) organised a short story competition as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, with the competition being in honour of Ata Aidoo.
At the event, held at the African Regent Hotel Saturday, Ama Ata Aidoo was supposed to be recognised for her role in literary development in the country, but she walked out when the mistake became clear.
“My mother walked out of a CEGENSA event today [Saturday] meant to celebrate her and the winners of a short story competition in her honor,” her daughter, Kinna Likimani explained.
“Both the banner (hanging in the hall at the African Regent Hotel) and the programme cover had her name as ‘Ama Atta Aidoo’ and not ‘Ama Ata Aidoo’, which is the correct spelling of her name.”
“This peculiar and contrived confusion over the spelling of her Ata is a uniquely Ghanaian problem. And this sloppiness is even a recent thing. She’s been battling this for a while now, culminating in her walking out of an event in her honor…”
“[The] whole thing is messy.” she added. “We must really pay more attention to the details of things. It’s more disheartening because CEGENSA is an academic institute. They know her, her name and her work.”