B. Kojo Laing
B. Kojo Laing is now acknowledged as one of the great literary innovators of the past 25 years. Flamboyantly inventive, learned, ironic, whimsical, political in the widest sense, his work challenges received notions of literary technique as well as the tame demarcation 'African literature'. Born in Kumasi, Ghana, in 1946, Laing was educated in both Ghana and Scotland, completing a Master of Arts degree at Glasgow University in 1968. After a decade as a government administrator, in 1980 Laing was made Secretary to the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. Following a long spell as Chief Executive of St Anthony's, a leading private school, in 2005 Laing devoted himself to writing full time.
Laing's first novel, Search Sweet Country, appeared in 1986 to great acclaim. Woman of the Aeroplanes was published in 1988, with Godhorse, his first collection of poems, following in 1989. His third novel, Major Gentl and the Achimota Wars, was published in 1992, and 2006 saw the publication of Big Bishop Roko and the Altar Gangsters. B. Kojo Laing currently resides in Accra.