Google doodle celebrates the birth of  Ghanaian playwright Efua Theodora Sutherland. Sutherland, born June 27, 1924, is most acclaimed for such works as Foriwa (1962), Edufa (1967), and The Marriage of Anansewa (1975).

Also a director, dramatist, children’s author, poet, educationalist, researcher, child advocate, and cultural activist, the literary icon is credited with founding the Ghana Drama Studio, the Ghana Society of Writers, the Ghana Experimental Theatre, and a community project called the Kodzidan (Story House).

Sutherland was born in Cape Coast, and studied at St Monica’s Training College in Mampong, Homerton College, Cambridge University, and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

A pan-Africanist, she inspired the  Pan-African Festival of Theatre Arts (PANAFEST) in the 1990s, and collaborated with leading personalities in the movement, including interations with Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Maya Angelou, W. E. B. Du Bois and Shirley Graham du Bois, Margaret Busby, Tom Feelings, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, Femi Osofisan, Felix Morisseau-Leroi, Es’kia Mphahlele, Wole Soyinka and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. 

In Ghana, several edifices have been named after Sutherland, including a Drama Studio on the campus of the University of Ghana, 12-acre space in central Accra reserved as a children’s park, and student halls at  the Ghana Institute of Journalism and Ashesi University.

In Amsterdam, Efua Sutherland also has a street named after her  for her legacy in writing and activism.

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