To read the poems in Traces of a Life is to receive a heroic and tender gift – the language for times that renders us wordless. This is a treasure of precious memories, especially those of the poet, carefully and lovingly presented. Frustrations of history and politics jostle with the nobler passions that define our fundamental humanity so that in some of the poems, there is a swift transition from elation and hope to anxiety and despair.
Yes, let’s light another candle for women poet warriors because Abena Adompim Pokua Busia is certainly one of them.
Abena Pokua Adompim Busia (born 1953) is a Ghanaian writer, poet, feminist, lecturer and diplomat. She is a daughter of former Prime Minister of Ghana Kofi Abrefa Busia, and is the sister of actress Akosua Busia. Abena Busia is an associate professor of Literature in English, and of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University. She is currently Ghana's ambassador to Brazil, appointed in 2017, with accreditation to the other 12 republics of South America.