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The greatest influence on Rev Addo,  as he puts it,  was the encouraging words of the Founder of  the Republic of Ghana,

Dr.  Kwame Nkrumah,  after the publication of  his  poem on the  first anniversary of the Independence of Ghana 

in 1958.  He has authored one anthology of poems,  Talking Drums,1999, and   two collections  of   folktales,

Ghana Folktales, 1968   and  How the Spider Became Bald,  1993,

 

 

 Peter Eric Adotey Addo Bio

Books by Peter Adotey Addo

How the Spider Became Bald: Folktales and Legends from West Africa  /  Talking Drums An Anthology of Poetry

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P E  Adotey Addo  was announced as a promising poet  and  a story teller  in a 1957 symposium of  Ghanaian writing called  Voices of Ghana. He  has traveled  and experienced much  since his poem  about the founding father of  Pan Africanism was published in that publication. Most of his career had been  as  a  College   teacher  of Religion  and Science . He is  a poet, a storyteller and writer, a folklorist, a theologian, and a biologist.

His works  have been published by  The Daily Graphic, in Accra, Ghana,West Africa;  The Ghanaian Times,  Accra,  Ghana, West Africa; The Scope, Purdue  University, West Lafayette, Indiana; The Palmetto Leader, Columbia, South Carolina; The Charlotte Poetry Review, Charlotte, North Carolina; The North Carolina Christian Advocate,  Greensboro, North Carolina, The Greensboro Daily News and Record  and The Yale University School of Medicine, to mention just a few. 

The greatest influence on Rev Addo,  as he puts it,  was the encouraging words of the Founder of  the Republic of Ghana, Dr.  Kwame Nkrumah,  after the publication of  his  poem on the  first anniversary of the Independence of Ghana  in 1958.  He has authored one anthology of poems,  Talking Drums,1999, and   two collections  of   folktales, Ghana Folktales, 1968   and  How the Spider Became Bald,  1993, and  his numerous writings  have  appeared in several countries and languages. On a more personal note,  Addo is  a retired United  Methodist  Minister and College  Chaplain and now devotes  all of his time  visiting schools and colleges and Churches  for readings and talks. He lives with his  family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Rev P E Adotey Addo /  http://www.retirementwithapurpose.com/africanchristmas.html 

www.addo.ws / P O Box 13356,Greensboro NC27415 / 336 375 5761 /  Fax 336 375 0068

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