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Ayesha Harruna Attah
Sex or genderfemale Edit
Country of citizenshipGhana Edit
Name in native languageAyesha Harruna Attah Edit
Given nameAyşe Edit
Family nameAttah Edit
Date of birth1983 Edit
Place of birthAccra Edit
Languages spoken, written or signedEnglish Edit
Occupationnovelist, writer Edit
Educated atMount Holyoke College, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York University Edit
Personal pronounL484 Edit

Ayesha Harruna Attah (dem born am December 1983) be Ghanaian-born fiction writer.[1][2] She dey stay Senegal.[3]

Ein early years den education

Dem born Ayesha Harruna Attah for Accra, Ghana, insyd de 1980s, under military government, to mummie wey na be journalist den puppie wey na be graphic designer.[4] Attah talk say: "My parents be my first major influences. Dem run literary magazine wey dem bell am Imagine, wey get stories about Accra; articles for art, science, film, books; cartoons—wey I love especially. Dem be (wey still be) my heroes. I discover Toni Morrison na wen I dey thirteen, wey I hook. I devour everytin she wrep. I dey kai say I read Paradise, wey ein meaning evade me then, e make me feel like na ebi de most amazing book dem wrep wey one day I want wrep world full of strong female characters, just lyk Ms. Morrison do."[5]

After she grow insyd Accra, she move go Massachusetts wey she study biochemistry for Mount Holyoke College,[6] den she get ein Masters degree insyd magazine journalism for de Columbia University,[7] wey she receive MFA insyd creative writing for New York University.[3][8]

Ein writing

She publish five novels.[3] She wrep ein debut book Harmattan Rain (2008) secof fellowship from Per Ankh Publishers — wey be under de mentorship of Ghanaian novelist Ayi Kwei Armah — den TrustAfrica,[9] wey dem shortlist am for de 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Africa Region).[10] Ein second novel Saturday's Shadows, World Editions publish am[11] insyd 2015,[12] dem nominate am for de Kwani? Manuscript Project,[13] wey dem san publish am for Dutch (De Geus) insyd.[14] Ein third novel be The Hundred Wells of Salaga (2019), wey dey deal plus "relationships, desires den struggles insyd women demma lives for Ghana inyd de late 19th century during de scramble give Africa".[15] She wrep The Deep Blue Between, novel give young adults. Den ein fifth novel, dem go release Zainab Takes New York insyd April 2022.

As 2014 AIR Award laureate, na Attah be writer-in-residence for de Instituto Sacatar insyd Bahia, Brazil.[16] She san so chop Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship insyd 2016 for proposed non-fiction book for de history of de kola nut.[17]

Harmattan Rain (2008)

Saturday's Shadows (2015)

The Hundred Wells of Salaga (2019)

The Deep Blue Between (2020)



  • Harmattan Rain. Popenguine, Senegal, West Africa: Per Ankh, 2008. ISBN 9782911928123, OCLC 310739454
  • Saturday's Shadows. London: World Editions, 2015. ISBN 9789462380431, OCLC 903399393
  • The Hundred Wells of Salaga. New York: Other Press, 2019. ISBN 9781590519950, OCLC 1035458812
  • The Deep Blue Between. London: Pushkin Press, 2020. ISBN 9781782692669


  • "Skinny Mini", Ugly Duckling Diaries, July 2015[18]
  • "The Intruder", The New York Times Magazine, September 2015[19]
  • "Cheikh Anta Diop – An Awakening", Chimurenga, 9 April 2018[20]
  • "Opinion: Slow-Cooking History", The New York Times, 10 November 2018[21]
  • "Inside Ghana: A Tale of Love, Loss and Slavery", Newsweek, 21 February 2019[22]

Oda writing

  • "Second Home, Plus Yacht", Yachting Magazine, October 2007[23]
  • "Incident on the way to the Bakoy Market", Asymptote Magazine, 2013[24]
  • "Unborn Children", in Margaret Busby, New Daughters of Africa, 2019.


  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/nyregion/young-african-writers-hold-forth-in-brooklyn.html?_r=0
  2. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/60288-african-american-books-around-the-world-african-american-interest-books-2013-14.html
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 https://web.archive.org/web/20220625074649/https://www.pontas-agency.com/authors/ayesha-harruna-attah/
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20160731211132/http://www.worldeditions.org/blog/ayesha-harruna-attah-why-i-write
  5. Daniel Musiitwa, "Interview with Ghanaian Author Ayesha Harruna Attah", Africa Book Club, 1 May 2015.
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20160427092544/https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/english/event-archive
  7. https://alumni.columbia.edu/bookshelf?author=ayesha+attah&title=&keyword=&affiliation=All&school=All&year=All&genre=All&subject=All
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20160910115324/http://www.cp-africa.com/2010/04/01/ayesha-ghanas-rising-literary-icon/
  9. https://geosireads.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/interview-with-ghanaian-writer-ayesha-harruna-attah/
  10. http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2010/02/18/shortlists-for-the-2010-commonwealth-writers-prize-africa-region/
  11. https://www.thebookseller.com/news/vissner-de-geus-launches-english-language-publisher
  12. Attah, Ayesha (2015). Saturday's Shadows. World Editions. ISBN 978-94-6238-043-1.
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20191121154928/http://manuscript.kwani.org/kwani-manuscript-project-shortlists.php
  14. https://web.archive.org/web/20160814234608/http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/53187
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20190804141239/http://www.pontas-agency.com/books/ayesha-harruna-attah/one-hundred-wells/
  16. http://www.africacentre.net/introducing-the-2014-artists-in-residency-award-laureates/
  17. http://milesmorlandfoundation.com/-scholarship-announcements/
  18. https://web.archive.org/web/20200211051148/http://uglyducklingdiaries.com/blog/ayesha-harruna-attah
  19. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/magazine/the-intruder.html
  20. chimurengachronic.co.za/cheikh-anta-diop-an-awakening/?sslid=MzEwMDU2tjQ1MjU0AwA&sseid=MzS1NDc1MDAxMgAA&jobid=1a7ef79b-0155-419c-827e-c0e65ee51c85
  21. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/opinion/sunday/slow-cooking-history.html
  22. https://www.newsweek.com/ghana-ayesha-harruna-attah-1335709
  23. https://www.yachtingmagazine.com/second-home-plus-yacht/
  24. https://www.asymptotejournal.com/special-feature/ayesha-harruna-attah-incident-on-the-way-to-bakoy-market/