Which female artist most influences Ghanaian poetry?

Answer: Maya Angelou.

More detail:

Maya Angelou was listed as an inspiration by thirteen differen OGOV poets, far more than Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath, who placed second with four mentions each.

The top ten:

Most Influential Female Artists
1. Maya Angelou, mentioned by 14% of poets
2. Emily Dickinson, 4%
2. Sylvia Plath, 4%
4. Ama Ata Aidoo, 3%
4. Efua Sutherland, 3%
6. Gwendolyn Brooks, 2%
6. Nikki Giovanni, 2%
6. Adrienne Rich, 2%
6. Wisława Szymborska, 2%


Almost all the writers listed are American, and of the Ghanaians (Aidoo and Sutherland), while both are poets, neither would traditionally be identified first and foremost as such. A lack of Ghanaian female poet-role models is evident here.

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