Literary Events to Top December Holidays in Ghana

The year has been long, but 2015 is definitely ending and there is nothing we can do to stop it. So we are elated to catalogue these events starting from tonight with the EHALAKASA Slam Finale at the Nubuke Foundation, East Legon, 7pm.

Of course throughout this period, the Writers Project on Citi fm will be live on 97.3fm and online at http://www.citifmonline.com

Nana Awere Damoah and Kofi Akpabli will be at PaJohn’s tomorrow, 28th December, 2015, evening from 5pm for a serenading public reading to top the literary year in Ghana. (Photo attached).

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After reading with Nana Awere Damoah & Kofi Akpabli tomorrow, what a way to begin 2016 with ROOTS by the Sasa Movement on 3rd January, 2016, from 5pm. (See photo below).

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Meanwhile, tonight on the Writers Project on Citi 97.3 fm, the producers will open the phone lines for you to talk to us about your literary year! And your expectations for 2016. The phone numbers will be announced during the show. The WhatsApp line is 0549986996. The show airs between 8.30 and 9.30pm each Sunday. Listen live on radio and online at http://www.citifmonline.com.

Follow the show also on Twitter and Instagram at @writersPG and Facebook at “Writers Project on Citi fm”.

Writers Project Hosts Zambian Author Ellen Aaku

This is a special reading programme organised by the Writers Project of Ghana, with support from Vidya Bookstore.
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The programme will feature readings from Zambian author, Ellen Banda Aaku, interspersed with Q&A sessions.

The venue for the reading, Vidya Bookstore, is a serene atmosphere at Osu surrounded by an array of books, perfect for a book reading event. This will be the second time the Writers Project of Ghana is hosting a book reading at Vidya Bookstore (fifth junction on the left from Danquah Circle on the Oxford Street). Last month, they hosted Nigerian author Dami Ajayi. It’s an alternative to the usual monthly reading at the Goethe Institute and adds to Accra’s literary landscape.

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The reading is free and open to the public. It will start at 4.30pm

South African Poet Phillippa Ya de Villiers Reads on the Ghana Voices Series

The Writers Project of Ghana presents Phillippa Yaa de Villiers as author for the month of April on the Ghana Voices Series at the Goethe Institut, Cantonments.

The hour reading with de Villiers will take place Wednesday, 29th April 2015, at the serene atmosphere at the Goethe Institut, from 7PM. The reading is a free event, open to the public and will feature a series of readings and performances from de Villiers.

Speaking on the flagship radio literary show on Sunday, 26th April, Martin Egblewogbe, host of the Writers Project on Citi FM, indicated that the Ghana Voices Series, which is mainly an event for novelists and short story writers, was “featuring a major poet for the first time since the reading series began some five years ago”.

Phillippa (left) with Ghanaian poet Delalorm Semabia Credit: Writers Project of Ghana

Phillippa (left) with Ghanaian poet Delalorm Semabia
Credit: Writers Project of Ghana

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Joe Frazier to Kickstart Ghana Voices Series for 2015

The Writers Project Ghana has announced Ghanaian columnist and novelist, Joe Frazier, as author for March to set off the monthly reading series, the Ghana Voices Series, for 2015.

The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly book reading series organised by the Writers Project of Ghana, together with the Goethe Institute, Accra. This month’s reading will take place at the Goethe Institute as usual, starting at 7PM prompt and will go on for an hour. The Goethe Institute is next to NAFTI at No. 7 Kakramadu Road, East Cantonments.

According to a tweet from the Writers Project (@writersPG), the Ghana Voices Series, this year, is paying attention to authors who have done little or no public readings over their career. April will, therefore, feature poet Phillippa Yaa de Villiers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with Joe Frazier. There will be short discussion sessions after the readings. Copies of books will also be on sale. Please do make it on time as the programme is regimental about time.

For more information, email info@writersprojectghana.com

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The name Joe Frazier immediately brings up the boxer or the Ghanaian hiplife artist. But the author Joe Frazier is quite different from these other public figures. Born Silva Kwabla Lumor, he is the fifth child of cattle rearing and tobacco farming parents of Zemu in the southern Volta Region. Dispatched to Atiavi at the age of seven to be apprenticed to a master goldsmith, he managed to attend school and proceeded to the University of Science and Technology where he obtained a BSc in Applied Biochemistry in 1971.

Mr Frazier joined Guinness Brewery as a Technical Management Trainee, rising to the rank of Technical Director, at which position he served on the board of Guinness Ghana Ltd for 10 years, retiring in 1999 to pursue training as a mediator in the lower courts of Ghana where he currently practices. He is a Non-Executive director of two public-listed manufacturing companies.

Joe Frazier writes My Blog, a weekly column for the Daily Graphic, and has over 400 articles and opinion pieces in print. His first novel, Blame not the Darkness was published in 2011, followed by Akora in 2013. A third novel, The Sissain Bridge is currently in press.

Joe Frazier is married with three children and lives in Kumasi.

Ghana Voices Series Presents Dr Samuel Duh as Author for October

The Writers Project of Ghana, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, wishes to invite you to their regular monthly reading series at the Goethe Institute in Accra, dubbed the Ghana Voices Series, as they present the Ghanaian physician and novelist Dr. Samuel Duh as author for the evening reading, on 29 October 2014.

Samuel Duh was born at Domeabra, Asante Akyen, in Ghana. He left Ghana when he was a teenager in 1971 for the United States, and completed secondary school at Mainland Senior High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. He then pursued further education in science and medicine, obtaining a BSc degree in Biology at Duke University; MSc in Microbiology at North Carolina Central University; MD in Medicine at University of North Carolina Medical School; and MPH in Epidemiology at University of Oklahoma.

Dr Samuel Duh

Dr Samuel Duh

Dr. Duh has published widely in leading medical journals and is the author of several books. However, his first novel, One More Time, was published in 1991, and his latest novel, God is too Busy, was published in 2013, last year. He has done very little public readings of his works and this is definitely a big opportunity to catch up with the author in a rather relaxed atmosphere.

Dr. Duh worked in several clinical and public health establishments in several states in the USA and returned to Ghana in 2001 to work for CARE International as HIV/AIDS and Health Advisor for Ghana, Togo, and Benin. He is currently the Country Director for Global Health Systems Solutions in Ghana.

The reading will start exactly at 7pm and will go on for an hour featuring readings and audience interactions. It is FREE and open to the public so bring along a friend or two. The Goethe Institute is at 30 Kakramadu Road, East Cantonments (near NAFTI).

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Ghana Voices Series Presents Benjamin Kwakye as Author

The Writers Project of Ghana presents as author on the Ghana Voices Series for September, Benjamin Kwakye, who will read tonight at the Goethe Institut.

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The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly book reading series organised by the Writers Project of Ghana together with the Goethe Institut, Accra.

The reading tonight, will start at 7PM and end at 8PM. It is a free event. However, books will be made available for purchase.

You can follow the event on Twitter by following @writersPG; and the hashtags #GhanaVoicesSeries, #GVS and #bookreading.

As always, tell us if you liked the programme should you be able to attend.

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Former National Security Co-Ordinator is Author on the Ghana Voices Series

Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute proudly present, Kofi Bentum Quantson, former National Security Co-ordinator, as writer for the month on the Ghana Voices Series.

The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly book reading series for mainly Ghanaian writers. The reading, which takes place at the Goethe Institut (near NAFTI), will start at 7PM and last for an hour.

Very rarely do you see a professional in the intelligence business write about their experiences at all. And Quantson is probably the only Ghanaian from the secret profession to have written on the subject. It is therefore a great opportunity to get close to such an experienced intelligence official at a relaxed atmosphere.

Former NSC Boss, KB Quantson. Credit: Writers Project of Ghana

Former NSC Boss, KB Quantson. Credit: Writers Project of Ghana

He has recorded his work experiences in several books, including Chapters From A Career, later re-issued as Ghana: Peace and Stability. He has also written on drug abuse in a collection, Cocaine Hits Drug Family. His concerns for the security and stability for the country has led him to write other books, such as National Security: The Dilemma. The latter was reviewed in the International Journal for Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence. Kofi Quantson has also recorded his travel experiences worldwide in the book Travelling and Seeing. His other works include The Fury of The Prophet.

Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with Kofi Bentum Quantson. There will be a short discussion session after each reading. Copies of his books will be on sale. Follow @writersPG on Twitter for more details. We will also push updates on our Twitter page: @writingGH

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Mr Quantson is a product of the University of Ghana, Legon. He worked as features editor for the Ghanaian Times before joining the Special Branch of the Ghana Police Service, rising to become its director in 1979, a position he retained when the Special Branch became the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI). He retired in 1989 as the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), but was recalled to duty to establish the Narcotics Control Board (NCB), of which he became the Executive Secretary. From 1997 to 2001, he doubled as the National Security Co-ordinator.

On March 6th 1997, Mr Quantson was awarded the state honour of the Companion of The Order of The Volta (Civil Division).