Kofi Awoonor was born George Awoonor-Williams in Wheta, Ghana, in 1935. In addition to translating poetry from the local Ewe dialect, Awoonor wrote and published novels, plays, political essays, literary criticism, and several volumes of poetry, including Night of My Blood (1971), The House by the Sea (1978), and, posthumously, The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems (2014). In addition to serving as editor of Okyeame and associate editor of Transition Magazine, Awoonor also taught English and African literature at the University of Cape Coast and the University of Ghana. From 1984 to 1988, he was Ghana’s ambassador to Brazil; he later served as ambassador to Cuba and, from 1990 to 1994, was Ghana’s permanent representative to the United Nations. He died in the Westgate shopping mall attack in Kenya in September 2013.