EFO KODJO MAWUGBE (21 April 1954 – 14 September 2011)
Efo Kodjo Mawugbe was a multitalented pioneer of Ghanaian theatre. An award-winning playwright and director of the National Theatre of Ghana.
He was also a judge of TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful Television show. He started a theatre company called Theater Kilimanjaro in the early 90s.
Efo Kodjo Mawugbe is a prolific author of over twenty plays, hundreds of articles.
His play, The Prison Graduates, won the BBC World Service/British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009 in the English as a 2nd Language category.
He passed away leaving behind a treasure trove of unpublished plays including Aluta Continua, Ananse Kweku Manse, Blemazado, Cinderama, Free Juice for All, Once Upon a Time in Lagos, Queen Zariba of Zariba, Sister, Take Me to the Altar, Tata Amu, The G-Yard People and Upstairs and Downstairs.
His play, Upstairs and Downstairs, was among the top ten shortlisted plays by the BBC in 2002.
He was a student of Mawuli School where he got his General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary and Advanced Levels before proceeding to study Theatre Arts at the University of Ghana from 1975 to 1978.
He later studied a certificate programme in Theatre Management and Audience Development at the British Council in Glasgow and London.
In 1991, Efo Kodjo Mawugbe pursued a certificate course in Senior Management Development at the Ghana Institute of Public Management (GIMPA).
He also studied at the Bauff Centre for Management, Calgary, Canada in 1995.
Some of his top books, plays are;
• In the Chest of a Woman (Play), 2008.
• My Father’s Song (Fiction), 2015.
• Prison Graduates, 2015