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Tuesday, October 2 • 11:00 - 11:30
Incidental archiving of indigenous knowledge: a re-reading of Ama Ata Aidoo’s The Dilemma of a Ghost

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The birth of Art appears to be the beginnings of archiving, which is now a deliberate collection and preservation of indigenous knowledge and knowledge systems for posterity. This is because creative works are the artists’ vocabulary of experience in life and its living, in the context of their cultural milieu. The dramatist, as a chronicler of developments in life reflects details beyond the obvious story to give expression to cultural specifics. This paper demonstrates how the performing arts in general, and Aidoo’s play The Dilemma of a Ghost (1965) in particular serve as a reference point for indigenous knowledge in the form of Akan/Fanti philosophies. The paper concludes that beyond its posture as a repository of Akan/Fanti worldviews, The Dilemma of a Ghost, in performance, gives the worldviews a fresh life and opens opportunities for contemporary interpretations.


Dr. Sarah Dorgbadzi

Theatre Arts Department, School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana-Legon

Tuesday October 2, 2018 11:00 - 11:30 GMT
Main Hall / Auditorium Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon

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