The National Theatre of Ghana was built in 1992. But before it was built, Efua Sutherland with funding from Ghana’s Art Council and the Rockefeller Foundation in the U.S., had established the Ghana Drama Studio at the very same spot.
Efua Sutherland was a Ghanaian playwright, director, dramatist, children’s author, poet, educationalist, researcher, child advocate, and cultural activist.
She opened the Experimental Theatre Players in Accra in 1958 which later in 1960 became the Ghana Drama Studio.
Plays were produced and stage at the Ghana Drama Studio until 1990 when the building was demolished for the National Theatre to be built.
An exact replica of the Ghana Drama Studio was built next to the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. The Drama Studio was later named after her and is now called the Efua Sutherland Drama Studio.
Apart from spearheading the establishment of the Ghana Drama Studio, Efua Sutherland also formed the Ghana Society of Writers (not the Association of Ghana Writers) to promote creative writing and storytelling in Ghana to promote local culture and tradition.
Some of her notable works include Foriwa (1962), Edufa (1967), and The Marriage of Anansewa (1975).
On 27th June 2018, search engine giant Google celebrated Efua Sutherland. Google honoured her with a doodle to mark what would have been her 94th anniversary.
The great works and legacies of Efua Sutherland will never be forgotten.