Efua Sutherland

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Efua Theodora Sutherland (June 27, 1924--January 2, 1996) was a Ghanaian playwright, children's author, and dramatist. Her best-known works include Foriwa (1962), Edufa (1967), and The Marriage of Anansewa (1975).


She was born Efua Theodora Morgue in the Cape Coast region and moved to England to study at Homerton College of Cambridge University. After graduation, she moved back to her home Ghana and co-founded the cultural newspaper "Okyeame". Sutherland then taught at St. Monica's Training College before settling in Accra. In 1954 she married William Sutherland, for whom she had 3 children. During this time Sutherland experimented with drama, founding the Experimental Theatre Players in 1958 which later became the Ghana Drama Studio. Her plays were often based on traditional tales, but also borrowed from Western literature.

She founded the Ghana Drama Studio,

Efua Sutherland was born in Cape Coast, Gold Coast (now in Ghana). She studied at the Teacher Training College in Ghana. She then studied at Homerton College, Cambridge and at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University......
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