Answer: Kofi Awoonor.
Kofi Awoonor was listed as an influence by nineteen different OGOV poets, followed closely by Anyidoho, Brew and Okai.
The top ten:
Most Influential Ghanaian Artists
1. Kofi Awoonor, mentioned by 20% of poets
2. Kofi Anyidoho, 14%
3. Kwesi Brew, 12%
3. Atukwei Okai, 12%
5. Ayi Kwei Armah, 8%
6. Kobena Eyi Acquah, 4%
6. Ladé Wosornu, 4%
8. Ama Ata Aidoo, 3%
8. Efua Sutherland, 3%
10. Martin Egblewogbe, 2%
Not surprisingly, almost all these poets are from the last great age of Ghanaian poetry, and the two most popular are associated with the University of Ghana, Legon. Awoonor's influence was felt by all in the outpouring of grief and celebration following his recent death (you can read some tribute poems to Kofi Awoonor here).
It's nice to see a younger poet (and OGOV contributor), Martin Egblewogbe, sneaking in at the end of the list. It makes one wonder: what will this list look like in 20 or 30 years?
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