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Rest in Peace, Kofi Awoonor

Ghanaian Kofi Awoonor among the 69 murdered in Nairobi mall massacre - peoplewhowrite

Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor, 78, was in Nairobi for Kenya’s Storymoja Hay writers festival when he was murdered in a terrorist attack at Westgate Mall.


“If I turn here, the rain beats me

If I turn there the sun burns me

The firewood of this world

Is for only those who can take heart…”

— from “Songs of Sorrow” by Kofi Awoonor

You can read more about the moments before the massacre, as told by Ghanaian poet Nii Ayikwei Parkes & Ghana’s High Commissioner to Kenya Kingsley Karimu, in a piece I wrote for


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