It was with great sadness that we learned that the Ghanaian High Commission in Nairobi confirmed news of the death of the poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor in the Westgate Mall siege. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
We were honoured to be graced by his appearance at Storymoja Hay Festival 2013, and deeply humbled by his desire to impart knowledge to the young festival audience. Professor Awoonor was one of Africa's greatest voices and poets and will forever remain a beacon of knowledge and strength and hope.
In honour of the late Professor Kofi Awoonor, Storymoja and the Hay Festival held a memorial tribute at the National Museum on 23 September 2013. A report can be read on our International Hay Festival blog.
Listen here to the BBC's recording of Kofi Awoonor reading his poetry.
For news and tributes click on links below:
The Telegraph Ghana Presidency Ghana Business News
The Guardian The Guardian The New Yorker
Wall Street Journal University World News
Watch the Google Hangout videos from Storymoja Hay Festival 2012.