Ellis Ayitey Komey’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroGhanaian writer






Birth 1927
Death 27 July 1972
(aged 45 years)

Ellis Ayitey Komey (1927–1972) was a Ghanaian writer and poet.

Early years and education

He was born in 1927 in Labadi a suburb of Accra in the British colony of the Gold Coast.

He had his early education at Methodist Senior Boys’ School then the Accra Academy then later proceeded to the University of London.

Career and works

He spent sixteen years of his life in England. For six years, he was editor of the international black magazine Flamingo. He was manager of Ludeco, an organisation that deals with publishing, public relations and tourism.

His short stories and poems appeared in anthologies and journals like Flamingo and West African Review. He compiled the anthology: Modern African Stories with Ezekiel Mphahlele who later became known as Es’kia Mphahlele.

Some of his poems are also found in the anthology Messages: Poems from Ghana, compiled by Kofi Awoonor and Geormbeeyi Adali-Mortty.


Komey passed away on 27 July 1972 at the Korle Bu Hospital in Accra, Ghana.