Ghana mourns loss of poet killed in Westgate
25 September 2013, 21:28
Accra — The body of one of Africa's best-known poets, who was killed in the Kenya mall attack, has arrived back in his native Ghana.
Kofi Awoonor was shot down by Al-Shabaab extremists at the Westgate mall, where he was in town to take part in a literary festival.
On Wednesday, Awoonor's body was flown back to the Ghanaian capital. Mourners gathered at the airport sang funeral songs in his native Ewe language.
Awoonor is credited with translating the rhythms of his native Ewe people into English, using traditional dirges and wedding songs as the backbone of his poetry.
The 78-year-old poet and professor also had served as Ghana's ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and the United Nations.