The Legacy of Efua Sutherland: Pan–African Cultural Activism


ISBN: 978-0-9547023-1-1

Author: Co-edited by Anne V. Adams & Esi Sutherland-Addy


The Legacy of Efua Sutherland – this unique book published 11 years after ETS’s death will rekindle an awareness of the cultural dynamism, activism and Diasporic connections that Efua Theodora Sutherland achieved through her lifetime’s work.

Efua Sutherland, Ghana-born educator, publisher, artist, activist, director, dramatist and writer, holds a special place in twentieth-century African studies. This timely volume provides a comprehensive appreciation of her creative life and concerns. The many respected and eminent contributors gathered here pay tribute – in essays, poems, reminiscences and research – to the unparalleled influence Dr Sutherland’s innovatory work continues to exercise internationally. Situating her achievements within their appropriate ideological and historical contexts, The Legacy of Efua Sutherland reaffirms the importance of the critical connections this extraordinary woman made between Africa and its Diaspora, reflecting her deep passion for Pan-African and specifically Ghanaian cultural values, as well as for theatrical cultures around the world.

Key Selling Points

• This much-awaited book will make a significant impact and contribution to the cultural history of Ghana, Africa and the Diaspora.
• A paperback edition will make it more accessible to college and university students studying Ghanaian colonial and post-colonial history and Diasporic African cultures.
• Efua Sutherland, award-winning playwright, poet, teacher and children’s author is celebrated in this book for her contributions to Ghanaian cultural heritage as a pioneering institution-builder and includes tributes and interviews from distinguished African and Diasporic writers and scholars in the field.


Esi Sutherland-Addy is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Language, Literature and Drama, Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. She is also Associate Director of the Institute’s African Humanities Programme. The eldest daughter of Efua Sutherland, she brings fresh insights and academic verve to her mother’s legacy as a cultural activist. Sutherland-Addy has published widely and she is co-editor of Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel.