Writer for the Month at Ghana Voices Series – Boakyewaa Glover

The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly book reading series organised by the Writers Project of Ghana, in partnership with the Goethe Institute Accra. The series is always on the last Wednesday of each month (March – November), from 7 – 8 PM at the premises of the Goethe Institute, Cantonments Accra (adjacent NAFTI). It is a free event.

For May, the reading is scheduled for 29 May 2013. We received the following release from Writers Project.

The Writers Project of Ghana is happy to present as writer for the month of May, Ghanaian writer and organisational psychologist, Boakyewaa Glover.

Boakyewaa studied psychology both for her first degree at the University of Ghana and her graduate degree at New York University.

Boakyewaa Glover has worked as an organizational psychologist/consultant for a number of consulting firms in New York, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was a news anchor for TV3 Network in Accra and a presenter for the show Smash TV on Metro TV, Accra.

Boakyewaa’s passion and love for writing has grown steadily from when she started writing at age 6. Her novel, Circles, was published in 2009. Boakyewaa is also the author of several other novels and short stories including Unspoken Words, published by StoryTime Publishing in 2009.

Boakyewaa Glover has two new books slated for publication later this year.

Boakyewaa also maintains a blog of short stories, articles, poetry and other content such as movie reviews. Beyond writing, Boakyewaa has three other passions: her dedication and commitment to her family and God, her avid interest in psychology, and entertainment – particularly movies, TV, music and books.

Boakyewaa Glover is currently a Change Management Manager with Newmont Ghana Gold Limited.

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Yari Yari Ntoaso Confab Kicks Off Today in Accra – Programme Line-up

The Yari Yari Ntoaso: Continuing the Dialogue kicks off today at the College of Surgeons, No. 54 Independence Avenue, Ridge, in less than an hour. The conference is bringing together women writers of African descent, writing organisations among others to deliberate on chosen topics.

As you would notice, the topics are very interesting, and the 4-day conference is interlaced with workshops for writers of all categories. It is a free, open event as long as you register. We understand, as Ghanaian Book Blogger and an organiser of the conference Kinna Likimani reveals in her post this morning that, the American scholar, author and political Activist, Angela Davis, will be speaking at the Opening Plenary at the conference.

Creative Writing Ghana received a copy of the programme line-up. Below, we publish the complete list.

Thursday, 16 MAY
10:00am-4:30:  Registration
10:00am-4:30pm:  Book Tables & Vendors
10:30-11:00:  Welcome & Orientation
Welcome from representatives of the conference sponsors and collaborating organizations
11:00-1:00pm:  Master Translation Class. This class is first-come, first-served; please arrive a few minutes early.  Led by Wangui wa Goro (Kenya)
1:00-3:00pm:  Performance Art Workshops Workshops are first-come, first-served; please  arrive a few minutes early. Led by Gabrielle Civil (USA/Haiti) and Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria/USA)
3:15-4:30pm – Identity & Creativity
How authors’ and characters’ identities affect the creative process.
Gladys Francis (Guadeloupe); Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (Puerto Rico); Mamle Kabu (Ghana);
Cheryl Sterling (USA); Helen Yitah (Ghana)
4:45-6:15pm – Opening Plenary
Greetings from representatives of The Republic of Ghana & Conference Organizers
Plenary Speakers: Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Sapphire (USA), Angela Davis (USA),
Rosamond S. King (The Gambia/Trinidad & Tobago/USA)
6:30-8:00pm – Opening Reception Sponsored by NYU Accra
8:00-9:00pm – Open Mike
Friday, 17 MAY
9:00am-5:00pm:  Registration
9:00am-5:00pm:  Book Tables & Vendors
9:30-11:00am:  Roundtable: Getting the Work out (for emerging authors)
Writers, editors, and administrators discuss the many venues through which emerging authors can put their work in front of readers.
Doreen Baingana (Uganda); Latasha N Nevada Diggs (USA); Kadija George (Sierra Leone/UK);
Nana Ayebia Clarke (Ghana/UK); Writers’ Project of Ghana representative
Moderator: Tara Betts (USA)
11:00am-12:15pm:  Ghanaian Writers & Scholars in Conversation
Authors and scholars discuss their work and the current literary scenes in Ghana.
Amma Darko (Ghana); Faith Ben-Daniels (Ghana); Ruby Yayra Goka (Ghana); Famia Nkansa
(Ghana), Naana Opoku-Agyemang (Ghana)
Moderator: Ghana Association of Writers representative
12:15-1:30pm – Lunch – Visit the book tables and vendors, and network!
1:30-1:45pm – Author Portrait Slide Show Presentation: “Her Word as Witness: Women
Writers of the African Diaspora” – African Premiere!
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn (USA)
2:00-3:15pm: African & Diaspora Children’s & Young Adult Literature, Now & in the Future
Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana), Ayo Ayoola-Amele (Ghana); Akachi Ezeigbo (Nigeria), Michelle
Martin & Rachelle Washington (USA), Esi Sutherland-Addy (Ghana)
3:30-4:45pm:  Authors & Action
How authors respond to environmental and man-made disasters.
Angelique Nixon (Bahamas/USA); Tess Onwueme (Nigeria); Hermine Pinson (USA); Eintou Pearl
Springer (Trinidad & Tobago); Dzodzi Tsikata (Ghana)
Moderator:  Ira Dworkin (USA/Egypt)
5:00-6:30pm: Tribute to the Life, Writing, & Activism of Jayne Cortez (1934-2012)
7-8:30:  Pan-African Writers Association and Ghana Association of Writers Reception, Reading
At PAWA House; address: Roman Road, Roman Ridge, Accra
Hosted by PAWA Secretary General Atukwei Okai, Featuring Natalia Molebatsi, Angelique V.
Nixon, Hermine Pinson, & Ghanaian authors TBA
Saturday, 18 MAY

8:45am-5:00pm:  Registration
9:00am-5:00pm:  Book Tables & Vendors
9:00-10:45am:  Screening of Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years – 1984-1992 – African Premiere!
Discussants: Gina Dent (USA) & Olumide Popoola (Nigeria/Germany/UK)
9:00-10:30am:  Children’s Storytime (boys and girls welcome!)
Ayo Ayoola-Amele (Ghana); Ruby Yayra Goka (Ghana); Akachi Ezeigbo (Nigeria); Eintou Pearl
Springer (Trinidad & Tobago); Elizabeth-Irene Baitie (Ghana)
9:00-10:30am:  Writing Workshop for Youth (young men and young women ages 13-19 welcome!) Workshops are first-come, first-served; please arrive a few minutes early.
Poetry workshop led by Natalia Molebatsi (South Africa); Fiction workshop led by Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana)
11:00am-12:15pm:  The Creative Process Writers discuss craft and the creative process in written and oral literature.
Camille Dungy (USA); Rashidah Ismaili (Benin/USA); Natalia Molebatsi (South Africa); Monica Arac de Nyeko (Uganda/Ghana); Wanguri wa Goro (Kenya)
Moderator: Madhu H. Kaza (India/USA)
12:15-1:45: Lunch – Visit the book table and vendors, and network!
2:00-3:15pm: Writing Sexuality
Samiya Bashir (Somalia/USA); Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe); Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah (Ghana); Lola Shoneyin (Nigeria); Anita Cobbinah (Ghana)
Moderator: Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe (Ghana) 
3:30-4:45:  Youth Open Mike
Writers under 20, whether or not they attended the workshop, are invited to read short pieces – everyone else, cheer them on!
5:00pm-6:30pm:  Writing Through the Body: Performance Art
Gabrielle Civil (USA/Haiti); Rosamond S. King (USA/Trinidad/The Gambia); Wura-Natasha Ogunji
6:00-7:30 SABLE Reading
Hosted by SABLE Editor Kadija George & Featuring Nana Akosua, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro,
Khadija Ibrahim, Mamle Kabu, Lola Shoneyin, & Dorothea Smartt
Sunday, 19 MAY
9:30am-1:00pm:  Registration
9:30am-6:00pm:  Book Tables & Vendors
10:00-11:15am – Configuring the Past & the Future
Zetta Elliott (Canada/USA); Lucía Charún-Illescas (Peru/Germany); Gina Athena Ulysse (Haiti/USA), Ishraga Mustafa Hamid (Sudan/Austria)
Moderator:  Dorothy Randall Tsuruta (USA)
11:30am-1:00pm – New Venues, New Audiences; Literature and Technology.
These speakers discuss editing, publishing, distribution, and the use of other media to network and communicate.
Joanne Braxton (USA); Khadija Ibrahiim (UK); Fungai Machirori (Zimbabwe); Wana Udobang
Moderator: Jason King (USA)
1:00-2:00pm – Lunch – Visit the book table and vendors, and network!
2:15-3:30 – Continuing the Dialogue: Keeping Our Work in the World.
Editors and arts administrators discuss the logistics of keeping women’s writing available.
Janet Badjan Young (The Gambia); Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (Nigeria); Margaret Busby (Ghana/UK);
Roshnie Moonsammy (South Africa); Ghana Writers Association representative
Moderator: Maureen Ngozi Eke (Nigeria/USA)
3:45-5:00pm – Closing Plenary
Doreen Baingana (Uganda); Tess Onwueme (Nigeria); Véronique Tadjo (Cote d’Ivoire); Évelyne
Trouillot (Haiti); María Teresa Fernández de la Vega (Spain)

Closing remarks by OWWA members Rashidah Ismaili & Rosamond S. King
5:00-6:15 – Closing Reception

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WPG Book Discussion Club Picks Bessie Head’s A Question of Power

The Writers Project of Ghana (WPG) Book Discussion Club, a monthly book club, has selected the novel A Question of Power by South African writer, Bessie Head, as the book for their May discussion at the University of Ghana campus. The discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, 28 May 2013, from 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM.

Information available to Creative Writing Ghana indicates that the WPG is in the final stages of holding discussions on social media platforms on books selected by the Book Discussion Club. The discussion will start with Twitter most likely this month, ahead of the main discussion on 28 May. The official Twitter account of WPG – @writersPG – as well as the hashtag #wpgbookclub, will be used to coordinate the discussion. We expect the group to announce a date for discussion on the novel so be on the look out.

The Book Discussion Club is a closed event because of its nature; however, it is open to all readers to join the discussion at the Legon campus of the University of Ghana. Earlier this year, the Book Discussion Club launched an initiative to use Skype (add wpgbookclub) as an additional tool in order to expand the discussion to online platforms and to reach readers who would wish to participate, but cannot be physically present.

To join the discussion of A Questions of Power, email the coordinator: edzordzigh@gmail.com . You can pick up copies of the novel at the University of Ghana bookshop or on Amazon and join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #wpgbookclub or tweet your thoughts and comments at the WPG account @writersPG .

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Ghanaian-Malagasy Poet Crystal Tettey Launches Album

Ghanaian and Malagasy Poet, Spoken Word artist and singer, Crystal Tettey, will be launching her first album titled “Faith, MadaGhana” on 6 July 2013, at Café de la Gare in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Speaking exclusively to Creative Writing Ghana, the Spoken Word dynamo revealed that the recording, which is a 15-track album, comprises Spoken Word and soul/folk music performed in English, French and Malagasy. Half the album was recorded in a live acoustic environment. One half of the album was recorded in Ghana, and the other in Madagascar.

Crystal (centre) performing on stage accompanied by two guitarists.

Crystal (centre) performing on stage accompanied by two guitarists.

Clearly, the influences on the poems and songs will be varied.

Crystal relocated to Madagascar some time in the last quarter of 2012 in an apparent attempt to seek new artistic paths and regenerate her career. She has plans of returning to Ghana later this year. To like her Facebook page, click here.

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Stakeholder Forum on Transforming the Culture and Creative Arts Sector in Ghana

The Ghana Culture Forum, as part of marking Ghana Culture Day (14 March) and its first anniversary celebration, will hold a stakeholder forum under the theme “Transforming the Culture and Creative Arts Sector: Policies, Strategies and Initiatives”.

The event, which is being organised in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, will take place on 7 May 2013, from 9.30AM to 12.30PM, at the National Theatre in Accra.

The special guest of honour, Honourable P. V. Obeng (Presidential Advisor and Chair of the National Development Planning Committee), will be joined by members of civil society organisations in culture and creative arts, Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Parliament, Ghana National Commission on UNESCO and many others.

According to the Ghana Culture Foundation (GCF), the forum is in “furtherance of the GCF’s determination to place culture squarely on the National Development Agenda”. In addition, the deliberations at the forum is geared towards the creation of “coherence on policies and actions and drawing…synergies between culture and other sectors of national development”.

The Ministry of Tourism has itself undergone a re-designation, adding quite noticeably “Creative Arts” to its name. Often in the past, efforts by government directed at the publicly undefined “creative arts” has benefited film or music, leaving out “writing” in the process.

The forum is expected to be followed by an emporium of exhibitions and performances to contextualise the discussions.

The Ghana Culture Forum is a membership based civil society consultative and advocacy network of cultural practitioners, activists and organisations united around a common vision of affirming the cultural foundations of development and enhancing the cultural sector.

This event is open to public participation. For any further details, please contact Mr Akunu Dake, the Vice Chair/Convenor of the GCF, on the following details.
Phone: 0302-760441/ 770808
Email: akunudake@yahoo.com