40-Page Excerpt of Serwa Akoto’s Diary by Mary Ashun. Giveaway

Ghanaian writer, and Canadian resident, Dr Mary Ashun has a new book out: Serwa Akoto’s Diary. However, that is not the news since she is well known for her prolific writing.

Dr Mary Ashun

Dr Mary Ashun

Mary Ashun is giving out a 40-page excerpt of her book through a mini project in partnership with the Writers Project Project of Ghana. She is scheduled to appear on Ghana’s flagship radio programme for writers in Ghana, Writers Project on Citi FM, on Sunday, 8 December 2013, from 8.30 – 9.30 PM. Call in or tweet your questions and comments to her on the day of the show!

How to get your hands on a copy? Tweet your email address to @writersPG ; or email to radio@writersprojectghana.com; or drop your email address on their wall on Facebook “Writers Project on Citi” (like the page if you have not already). On Twitter, look up the hashtag #SerwaAkotosDiary for more details.

We are lucky to have landed a copy. Download the pdf version of the excerpt here: SerwaTeaserfor WPG

Here is a message from the author herself:

Hello Readers
I'd love for you to get started right away reading Serwa Akoto's Diary so working
with WPG, we have a 40-page excerpt for you! Download the excerpt (and the cover!)
read away and then call in with your comments and questions on 8th December when I
will be in the studio. As well, there's a Pinterest Secret Board that I'd love for
you to be part of - its the Serwa Fan Club and on there, you'll see images of
Serwa-related stuff for the upcoming Webisodes and you'll have a chance to Pin
images to the board yourself. Just email asabeaashun@gmail.com and answer the
question..."On what day did Tunde propose?" to be invited to the Serwa Akoto Fan
Club! Happy Reading....
Cover of Serwa Akoto Diary

Cover of Serwa Akoto Diary


Malaka Grant is Author of the Month at Ghana Voices Series

The Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute present Ghanaian-American writer, Malaka Grant, as guest writer for the regular monthly reading series, Ghana Voices Series. The event comes off at the Goethe Institute in Cantonments, Accra (near NAFTI) on 27 November, 2013 from 7 PM – 8 PM.

Malaka’s first novel, The Daughters of Swallows (CreateSpace, 2013), is a fictional account of three women in Ghana who struggle with desire, ability, and promise in their lives. The author wrote this novel with the intention to “spark conversation and provoke thought, and… have people look at African women and their experiences in a wider [focus]…”.

The reading is the last for the calendar year and will return next year in March 2014. From all indications, it is also the last free, public book reading you will get in Ghana for 2013. The event starts on time so please endeavour to be there on time. The novel, The Daughters of Swallows will be available for sale at the reading as well. It is also available on amazon.

Malaka Grant is author of Daughters of Swallows

Malaka Grant is author of Daughters of Swallows


Winners of the Golden Baobab Prize 2013 Announced!

Golden Baobab has announced the winners of its 2013 Prizes. One hundred and eighty (180) stories were submitted to this year’s Golden Baobab Prizes. Of these, 25 made it onto the the longlist and 8 to the shortlist.

Liza Esterhuyse, winner of the 2013 Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book. Liza is a qualified occupational therapist who has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Intervention. Liza is many things: a daydreamer, a book junkie, a red wine drinker, a world lover, a tree hugger, a dog enthusiast, a horse admirer and a Capetonian.

The Little Hippo: Faraway in the savannah a little hippo sighed. The rains were late and the hippo-pool was getting very crowded. Then he notices the wildebeest, zebras and antelope gathering for their annual migration and he decides to join them. However, the little hippo quickly realises, that the journey is not as esy as he thought and it’s filled with danger. Luckily, he meets friends along the way who help and guide him through the migration.

Karen Hurt, winner of the 2013 Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Book. Karen is an independent writer, editor materials developer and writing workshops facilitator who lives in Johannesburg. She was born in Zambia where she spent her early childhood before moving to South Africa. Whenever Karen can carve out the time, she loves to slip into her ‘other world’ and write fiction.

What’s Going on at 179 Jabulani Street? (Summary): Jama’s life is upside down and going down further until he reluctantly accepts the pink jacket his father insists on buying him from a secondhand clothes seller on a freezing evening in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. He finds keys and an address in Yeoville in the pockets. This is the beginning of a dangerous adventure that leads to a new friendship with a girl called Sophie who Jama discovers the jacket belonged to. Parting with the truth when it comes to telling their parents what they are up to, Jama and Sophie discover a Mozambican craftsman at 179 Jabulani Street who has been trapped in the rhino horn trade by a fierce poacher. They come up with a plan to help him escape and get the syndicate bust. Along the way they make partners with and inherit a dog they rename Licks.

Kanengo Rebecca Diallo, winner of the 2013 Golden Prize for Rising Writers. Twelve year old Kanengo Rebecca Diallo lives in the city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with her mother, Nuru, her father, Anthony, and her two siblings. Since she was eight years old, Kanengo’s dream has been to become a world renowned author of books and if lucky, best-selling books. Kanengo discovered that she has a unique talent of drawing manga or anime comics. Usually when she writes her stories, she turns them into anime cartoon drawings.

Pieces of Africa (Summary): This is a story about four children with diverse backgrounds who are from different parts of Africa. They are chosen to find all the magical puzzle pieces scattered around Africa in order to save the world. They all came from a long lineage of puzzle finders that started since the beginning of time but in trying to find the pieces, all their ancestors failed and died. Now it was up to them to gather all the pieces within a set period of time or else they, and the whole world, will perish.

Golden Baobab Shortlist Announced – No Ghanaians

180 stories were submitted to this year’s Golden Baobab Prizes. Of these, 25 made it onto the longlist (which included some Ghanaians) and eight to the shortlist. The 8 shortlisted stories are:

The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books

The Princess with a Golden Voice by Philip Begho (Nigeria)

The Little Hippo by Liza Esterhuyse (South Africa)

Grandma Mimo’s Breakfast by Carol Gachiengo (Kenya)

The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books

Seven by Sabina Mutangadura (Zimbabwe)

Rhino by Richard Street (South Africa)

What’s going on at 179 Jabulani Street? by Karen Hurt (South Africa)

The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers

The Little Secret by Fego Martins Ahia (Nigeria)

Pieces of Africa by Kanengo Rebecca Diallo (Tanzania)

Chair of judges for the Picture Book Prize, Zetta Elliott, whose first picture book, Bird, won the Honor Award in Lee and Low Books’ New Voices Contest, commented on the shortlist saying, “I’m very impressed with the range and originality of the stories. This year’s shortlist suggests that there are plenty of emerging authors who take seriously the task of nourishing the imagination of African children. These stories have magic, mystery, and important lessons about the value of community. They confirm what we already know: Africa’s literary landscape is rich and diverse!”

The Golden Baobab Prizes, now in its fifth year, were set up to find the very best writers of African children’s literature. This year’s shortlist suggests that the judges; Bernardine Evaristo, Esi-Sutherland-Addy, Nonikiwe Mashologu, Zetta Elliott, Annette Hansen and Osayimwense Osa, all have varying ideas about what constitutes good fiction for children. This has ensured a very diverse 2013 shortlist.

Osayimwense Osa, founding author of the Journal of African Children’s and Youth Literature (JACYL), is a firm believer in the power of literature. He says, “It transform the world from confusion and violence to peace is immense and so it is wise to get children reading in their formative years. They must have access to literature which is in touch with social functions, individual lives, and world realities and some of the stories in the shortlist do just that.”

The shortlist comes out after over 8 weeks of the rigorous Golden Baobab Prizes evaluation process. It is evident that African writers are passionate about creating beautiful stories to ignite the imaginations of African children everywhere. The winners of the 2013 prizes will be announced on 13 November.

About the Golden Baobab Prizes

The Golden Baobab Prizes for literature was established in July 2008 to inspire the creation of enthralling African children’s stories by gifted African writers. The Prizes invite entries of unpublished stories written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin. The Prizes are organized by Golden Baobab, a Ghana-based pan African social enterprise dedicated to supporting African writers and illustrators to create winning African children’s books. The organization’s Advisory Board includes renowned authors Ama Ata Aidoo, Patrice Nganang, Jay Heale and Maya Ajmera. Golden Baobab is proudly supported by Echoing Green, Reach for Change, The Global Fund for Children and The African Library Project.

For further information, photos or to arrange interviews, please contact: Nanama B. Acheampong via info@goldenbaobab.org

Tel: +233302 265215

Visit: www.goldenbaobab.org