This week, we will publish short interviews with some of the Ghanaian authors on the Golden Baobab Prize longlist released a few weeks ago. It is our hope that this introduces the authors to you. As this is only the longlist, we are not looking to pose probing questions, but rather intend the questions to be quite cursory in their outlook.
Today, we start with Ricky Ansong, a young Ghanaian writer and author of Koryor and the Sea. We (CWG) started by asking Ricky how he heard about the prize and why he decided to send in his entry.
Ricky Ansong (RA): I heard about the Prize through Twitter. I decided to enter this category because I love writing for children and I wanted validation from Golden Baobab. I wanted to know if what I wrote for children was good enough.
CWG: How did you receive the news about the longlist, where were you and how did you feel?
RA:I received the news about the longlist through an email. I was then at the Vodafone Café at Cantoments. I felt like my heart would explode. I had to take a walk around the compound to calm my racing heart.
CWG: Is this your first time making a Longlist? What are writing at the moment?
RA: Yes, this is my first time making a longlist. I am working on a young adult novel currently.
CWG: In the past prizes, very few Ghanaians have made the Longlist. Are you confident you’ll make the shortlist?
RA:Yes, I’m confident I will make the shorlist.
CWG: Thank you for making the Writing community in Ghana proud. Any final words?
RA:I would like to thank everyone at Golden Baobab for this opportunity. To the other writers in the competition, I say “congratulations”.