Three Events: Launch of “A Heart’s Quest”; Writer Erections; ALEWA

The literary scene in Ghana this July has been more than electrifying in many ways. With its paling shadow disappearing rapidly, let us usher in August with the announcement of two events: the launch of a poetry collection, and an evening of poetry performance.

To start with, sitting on the edge between July and August, poet Elikplim Akorli launches a collection of his poetry, A Heart’s Quest, on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 at the British Council, opposite Cedi House. The launch will start at 5.30PM and it is open to the public.

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A Heart’s Quest is a publication of 51 poems that traverses subject areas including Philosophy, Change, Love, Human Nature, Sexuality and Abstractness.

You can follow Elikplim on Twitter: @thegodofpoetry

If you follow the poetry scene in Ghana, you should by now have come the poet Nana Asaase. He is the man behind Asaase Inscriptions and the literary workshop, Creative in His Presence. We reported on it here.

On 17 August, the second edition of Mental Pictures, which is being called Writer Erections, will come off at the College of Surgeons and Physicians, Ridge. The event starts at 6PM. Fee for this event is GhC20


Finally on 31 August, the powerful poetry gathering, ALEWA, comes off at the Grand Mensvic Hotel at East Legon, from 6.30PM.

We cannot tell for sure why the event moved from its location at Sytris Osu. However, Mensvic is not a bad location for a fee of GhC20

Do let us know if you make it to any of these programmes.

Vocal Portrait Live – A Lyrical Celebration Of The Compilation

A spoken word event dubbed “VOCAL PORTRAIT LIVE: A LYRICAL CELEBRATION OF THE COMPILATION)” will take place on Thursday, 25 July 2013, at 6PM, at TAVERNA TROPICANA (near the Nima Police Station).

The show, which is being organised by INKFLUENT and VINTAGE GH, will showcase some of Ghana’s finest performance poets and artist on the night including Ms. Ndabi, Chief Moomen, Kwame Write, Jojo Abbot (Guest Artiste) and Manchilde (Hip hop artiste from Toronto, Canada).

You will be expected to pay Ghc10 to enter the venue. However, what is great about the gate fee is that each ticket entitles you to a free copy of the Vocal Portrait collection, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a 2-hour performance event.

Vocal Portrait is a spoken word/poetry compilation involving 15 artists from Africa, United States and Europe.


Nana Malone is Writer for the Month

Ghanaian pop fiction and romantic-comedy writer, Nana Malone is the writer for the month of July at Ghana Voices Series. Malone will be reading to an audience at the Goethe Institut, Cantonments, on 24 July 2013. The reading is scheduled to start from 7PM and will run for an hour.

Malone has published three series: The Love Match; which includes Game, Set, Match and Mismatch (out this year), In Stilettos; and The Protectors. She also writes under the name Q. Malone.

It is astonishingly refreshing to see a Ghanaian in such a genre generally un-associated to Ghanaian writers, much less African. This yet proves again that writing from Africa or by Africans are as eclectic and of varied tastes than we are made to perceive or think. Given that Malone is a prolific writer in this field makes it much more exciting to attend this reading.

Nana Malone

Nana Malone

She is expected to read from some of her books, especially from Mismatch. Following from that, she will take questions and comments from the audience. She will also autograph copies of her books so carry some cash along for copies.

The event is free and is organised by the Writers Project of Ghana, in partnership with the Goethe Institut. We hope to see you there. As usual, follow on Twitter @writingGH and @writersPG for updates.

Cannot find Goethe Institut? Follow the map.

Update of Book Launch and Reading by Taiye Selasi

We are receiving updates and changes concerning the book launch and reading event by Ghanaian-Nigerian Taiye Selasi, author of the novel Ghana Must Go

First off, we had publicised the event as happening at Movenpick Hotel, with $60 plus copy of the novel. We also said it was scheduled for Wednesday, 17 July, 2013. All that has changed.

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Taiye is reading at Taverna Tropicana, Nima, on Tuesday, 16 July, from 8PM. The programme will feature singer Jojo Abbot, DJ Kobina Graham, Minou Keks and Sewor Okudzeto.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013
The second event, a reading and discussion together with Eric Don-Arthur, is slated for Wednesday, 17 July at Villa Monticello.

We hope these are the final changes. Spread the word, so that we do to have bibliophiles, erroneously, flooding Movenpick Hotel.

What is good about these new arrangements is that there will be no need to worry about how to attend Taiye’s launch and reading, as well as the Hangout with Nigerians Chibundu Onuzo and Emmanuel Iduma at the Du Bois Centre on Wednesday, 17 July.

Creative Writing Curator Named Golden Baobab Search Hero

English: Logo of The Golden Baobab Prize

English: Logo of The Golden Baobab Prize (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our founder and resident curator, Nana Yaw Sarpong, was recently named Search Hero for the Golden Baobab Prize for Children’s Literature. If you have not seen our tweets to promote the call for submissions (twitter handle: @writingGH), read the message below from Nana Yaw. You can also read about the Prize on his blog, or that of Golden Baobab.


“I am honoured to have been selected as a Search Hero for the 2013 Golden Baobab Prize. If you have not heard about it yet, read more here.

This means I’ll be supporting in the search for the very best writing talent with the greatest potential across the length and breadth of Ghana. If you are a writer or an aspiring writer, I want to keep you on my radar.

Personally, this means a lot. It means that I don’t get to just yap about how we should build a great future for our children, but I get to contribute directly towards that real possibility.

Connect with me here and let’s get more Ghanaian writers to submit to the Golden Baobab Prize.

I say this year’s winner is coming from Ghana. Let’s make it happen, guys!

Submit to the Golden Baobab Prize NOW! Deadline -14th July, 2013″


Now let us make it happen indeed!

Taiye Selasi, Chibundu Onuzo, Emmanuel Iduma and Nana Malone in Accra

The month of July is really rocking the literary weather out of all in Accra. Yesterday, we received a tweet from Book Blogger, Nina Chachu, who blogs at Accra books and things and tweets at @adjoaofoe, which carried the feeling in Accra at the moment: “we all want cloning abilities to show up at all the events.” And she may be right. Taiye, Chibundu and Emmanuel aside, Ghanaian but US-based author Nana Malone is in the country and we hear she may even read at Ghana Voices Series.

Before we get ahead of each other, we should like for you to follow these Twitter accounts of the writers: @ChibunduOnuzo; @emmaiduma; @taiyeselasi; @writersPG; and of course our own account @writingGH. We suspect Book Blogger @Kinnareads might live-tweet as well.

Wednesday, 17 July, 2013

Taiye Selasi

Ghanaian-Nigerian writer Taiye Selasi makes a return to Ghana to promote her novel “Ghana Must Go” at the Tavern Tropicana. Taiye will be reading from her novel for the first time as a published novel (we will return to this in a bit).

Taiye Selasi

Taiye Selasi

Tickets are available for about GHC115 ($60) and comes with a copy of the much-praised novel Ghana Must Go. We urge you to hurry and grab a ticket. The event is somewhat targeted at a small audience. It starts at 7PM

For those of you who frequent the Ghana Voices Series, a series of monthly book reading organised by the Writers Project of Ghana in partnership with the Goethe Institut, you would remember that Taiye featured on the programme last year, prior to the publishing of her novel. If you missed, this is that opportunity to catch what you missed.

Wednesday, 17 July, 2013

Chibundu and Iduma

Young Nigerian writer of the novel, described by the Guardian as  “A fiery Nigerian revenge tragedy…”  The Spider King’s Daughter, Chibundu Onuzo, and compatriot writer and co-founder of Iroko Publishing, Emmanuel Iduma, are scheduled for a reading event in Accra. The writers will be holding a read-out hangout at the W.E.B. du Bois Centre, near the American Embassy at Cantonments, from 6PM.

Emmanuel Iduma

Emmanuel Iduma

The event is free and open to the public. This is a rare opportunity to meet two distinguished writers at one central location. And as you can imagine, we expect writers and readers in the city to fill the venue.

Friday 19 June, 2013

Chibundu is expected to do another reading at Sytris Bookshop, Mark Cofie House in Osu. The programme starts at 7PM and is free as well. In the spirit of youth and flare, Chibundu put up a video on YouTube about her Ghana trip.

From what we hear, there are arrangements to put Ghanaian writer, poet and author of Mr Happy and the Hammer of God, Martin Egblewogbe, on the evening reading as well. Very promising night.

Chibundu in Accra

Interview with Poetra Ama Asantewaa

Poetra (a name culled from poetry) Ama Asantewaa belongs to a a class of emerging poets whose style little has been documented of in academic circles, yet pervades the impressive literary scene in Accra specifically, and Ghana in general. She is known for her straight-language and “in-your-face” social commentary that so forms the basis of her poetry.

In the past few months, Ama Asantewaa has been working on her fashion line called Alikoto Clothing, which in part tosses the bow-tie on top of indigenous Ghanaian fabric, creating an urban design that is both very Ghanaian and exotic at once.

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When we received an email from her concerning her latest project, Jill of All Trade, from 1 – 12 July 2013, we thought we might as well broaden the scope and catch up with the fiercely charming  poet.

Creative Writing Ghana: Let’s start off with a summary of what you have been up to recently on the literary scene in Ghana

Poetra Ama Asantewaa: In summary, I’ve been underground. Not so much in the light of the media. I led a poetry workshop that was organized by Inside the Moskito Net in the foreign language department of the University of Ghana, performed at a few poetry events, and currently working on two scripts

CWG: When did you start Alikoto? We know it is a clothing line, why did you do it?

PAA: Alikoto started 2 years ago. My mother has been sewing for over 40 years, everything I know, I learnt from her. I was always sketching designs, threading needles and sewing shoddy versions of my sketches around the house. So it came as no surprise when I started a clothing line of my own.

CWG: We know you as a poet. We also know that many poets in Ghana indulge in other day jobs. But clothing/fashion? Really unheard of. Any comments?

PAA: My official day job is as a Networks and Systems Admin. I juggle that with poetry and fashion. I get less sleep and rest, but each of them is like babies, I can’t starve any of them. The satisfaction they each bring me is worthwhile.

CWG: This event that is coming up, what are the details?

PAA: Jill of All Trades is the name of the event, inspired by the current bowtie collection (which is also called Jill Of All Trades).  It is an event to celebrate women who are challenging the status quo and doing more than one activity (their individual interests) and doing each of them successfully. The event will run online and on a tv screen near you in ten days; with each day revealing a Jill Of All Trade, their journey, challenges and triumphs. There will be a networking event on the 20th of July at Taverna Tropicana to bring together people from all professions, to interact, network, share ideas and enjoy some music and poetry

CWG: You say it is for women doing more than one job/activity and doing each successfully; you are talking about yourself right and others like you?

PAA: Yes. More about others like me, than myself.

CWG: Should the men come? We know many men who run more than a single job and do it successfully.

PAA: Yes! Yes! The men are invited! Come in your numbers. We’re celebrating the women for now, but your time will come J

CWG: Any poetry event planned for the year?

There will be poetry and music on the 20th! There will also be a major event in the latter part of the year, details will be communicated once planning is fully done.

NB: entry to the networking event is by ticket, call 0269138921 for yours.