Biography

Kojo Laing

B. Kojo Laing or Bernard Kojo Laing (1 July 1946 – 20 April 2017) was a Ghanaian novelist and poet, whose writing is characterised by its hybridity, whereby he uses Ghanaian Pidgin English and vernacular languages alongside standard English. His first two novels in particular – Search Sweet Country (1986) and Woman of the Aeroplanes (1988) – were praised for their linguistic originality, both books including glossaries that feature the author's neologisms as well as Ghanaian words.

Kojo Laing was the author of Search Sweet Country, Women of the Aeroplanes, and Major Gentl and the Achimota Wars.

He was educated in both Ghana and Scotland, completing his M.A. degree at Glasgow University in 1968.