J. Benibengor Blay


J. Benibengor Blay (born 1915) was a Ghanaian journalist, writer, publisher and politician, who has been called “the father of popular writing in Ghana”.

Life

Blay was born in Half Assini and educated at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London.[2] He began writing poetry in 1937, publishing stories from the early 1940s onwards.[3] Some of his work was published by his own publishing company, the Benibengor Book Agency, Aboso. In 1958 Blay was elected to the Ghanaian National Assembly, and later served as Minister for Art and Culture under Kwame Nkrumah.

Works

Stories
  • Emelia’s Promise, 1944
  • Be Content with Your Lot, 1947
  • Parted Lovers, 1948
  • Dr Bengto Wants a Wife’, 1953
  • Operation Witchcraft, 1956
  • Tales for Boys and Girls, 1966
  • After the Wedding. (Continuation of Emelia’s Promise.)
  • Emelia’s Promise and FulfilmentAccra: Waterville Publishing House, 1967
  • Coconut Boy, Accra: West African Publishing Company, 1970
  • The Story of Tata, ca.1976
Poetry
  • Immortal DeedsIlfracombe: Stockwell, 1940.
  • Memoirs of the War, Ilfracombe: Stockwell, 1946
  • King of the Human Frame, Ilfracombe: Stockwell, 1947
  • Thoughts of Youth, Aboso: Benibengor Book Agency, 1961
  • Ghana Sings, Accra: Waterville Publishing House, 1965. With an introduction by Kwame Nkrumah.
Other
  • The Gold Coast Mines Employees’ Union, Ilfracombe: Stockwell, 1950
  • Legend of Kwame Nkrumah, 1973