Afetsi Awoonor

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Afetsi Awoonor
Born
Afetsi Besa Awoonor

(1982-08-31) August 31, 1982 (age 37)
Accra, Ghana
NationalityGhanaian
Alma mater
OccupationWriter, Entrepreneur, Petroleum Trader
Known forProfessor Kofi Awoonor's son
Spouse(s)Adaku Abimbola Ufere[1]
Parents
  • Professor Kofi N. Awoonor (father)
  • Margaret Oduro (mother)
Websitewww.afetsiawoonor.com

Afetsi Besa Awoonor (born August 31, 1982) is a Ghanaian entrepreneur and writer specialized in petroleum trading and security technology.[2] Awoonor is a surviving victim of the September 2013 attack at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya where he was participant at the Storymoja Hay Festival with his Father Prof. Kofi Awoonor.[3]

Early life and education[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Afetsi B. Awoonor, the fourth son and fifth child of the late Professor Kofi Awoonor was born in Accra, Ghana. His childhood was spent in Ghana, Brazil, Cuba and the United States of America.[4][5]

Afetsi Awoonor then proceeded to studying Marketing at the Central University College in Accra whilst pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He went on to pursue a dual Executive Master of advanced studies (MAS) in international Oil and Gas leadership at the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies in Geneva Switzerland and the IFP school in Rueil-Malmaison, France. He is currently pursuing a PhD in view in Business Administration from the Geneva Business School, Switzerland.

Westgate Attack[edit | hide | edit source]

During an interview with BBC's journalist, Komla Dumor, Afetsi describes the events that led to the death of his father, the late Prof. Kofi Awoonor, as well as his near-death experience during a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya.[6][7][8]

The terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping mall claimed the lives of many. According to him, they had gone to the mall on that day for lunch when the attack which lasted days begun. He recalled that the moment they alighted from the vehicle, they heard gunshots with people running helter-skelter for safety.[9][3]

“…I found somewhere to hide and tried to look back to see if I could see any sign of my father but I didn’t,”

Fearing for his life, he said, he decided to "run for cover" and in the process lost communication and contact with the father during the chaos. In the process of running from the scene, seeking for cover, he was shot in the back but managed to make it to a hideout. After making it to the hideout, he looked around for signs of his father but couldn't find him.[3]

“…I was shot twice in the back and suffered grenade shrapnel in the leg”

His father's remains were flown to Ghana from Nairobi to Ghana on 25th September 2013. His body was cremated and buried in his hometown at Wheta in the Volta region of Ghana.[10]

Works/Literature[edit | hide | edit source]

Poetry Pieces

  • Nairobi Calls Again (2015) A tribute poem to the victims of the 2013 Westgate mall and the 2015 Garissa University attacks in Nairobi and Garissa, Kenya[11]

Quotes:

  • Our inheritance as a new generation of African writers is to emulate and tap into the works and legacy of our father” – Kofi Awoonor Memorial Lecture 2015[12]
  • “To draw inspiration as African writers from the words of those before us is our purpose, our heritage, our history and our legacy, to “weave new ropes from where they have left off”. It is our promised hope, that we may have a deeper understanding of who we truly are.” - Writivism 2018[13]

Reference[edit | hide | edit source]

  1. "Afetsi Awoonor and Adaku Ufere's Colourful Traditional Marriage at Arondiuzuogu, Imo State". Nigeria News Today 2017. 2018-04-07. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  2. "Afetsi Awoonor brings StoryMoja Festival to Ghana - AmeyawDebrah.Com". AmeyawDebrah.Com. 2016-02-09. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
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  4. Obour, Samuel K. "How I escaped death during Westgate Mall terrorist attack – Kofi Awoonor's son". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  5. Elabor, McKnight. "Afetsi Awoonor Takes After Dad, Turns Poet". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  6. Vincent, Alice (2013-09-22). "Kofi Awoonor, Ghanaian poet, killed in Westgate Attack". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  7. "Life of Westgate victim Prof Awoonor to be celebrated". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
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  11. "Come Out and Live, Shabab Told Kenya Students. It Was a Lie". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
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  13. "Afetsi Awoonor". #Writivism2018 Festival. 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-11-13.