Ghana Voices Series Presents Esther Armah as Author for August

Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute have announced the Ghanaian journalist and author, Esther Armah, as author for the month of August on the reading series, the Ghana Voices Series.

Esther Armah: photo credit: Esther Armah, Writers Project

Esther Armah: photo credit: Esther Armah, Writers Project

On August 26th, 2015, from 7.00 PM, Esther Armah will read for an hour, interlaced with question and answer session and an interaction event after the reading at the Goethe Institute in East Cantonments, Accra.

We are expecting that Esther would read from her works, including a novel that is currently working on. You can follow @writersPG on Twitter for more details and sign up on the event page of the Writers Project of Ghana on Facebook.

Whatever you do on Wednesday evening, do not miss this reading. Call 0261695952 or 0207994590 if you get lost.

Brief of the Author

Esther Armah is an international award-winning journalist working in print, radio and television. She is also a playwright, writer and lecturer.

Esther teaches at Ashesi University, African University College of Communications and Webster University in Ghana. She is host and executive producer of the weekly radio talk show ‘The Spin’, a global production via BBC Accra and NPR New York which airs on Ghana’s Citi FM every Wednesday at 7.05 PM, and across the USA in New Jersey, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Iowa and Mississippi.

Esther lived and worked as a journalist, playwright, television commentator and multi-media producer in New York for 8 years, hosting the daily breakfast radio talk show on WBAI99.5FM for which she was awarded ‘Most Valuable New York Radio Host’ by the prestigious The Nation‘s 2012 Progressive Honor Roll. She also worked for 10 years as a print, radio and TV journalist with BBC in London and has been on BBC Focus on Africa, CNN, MSNBC, HuffPostLive as a TV political commentator. In addition, Esther has written for Gawker, Gawker review, AlterNet, Essence magazine, Ebony.com, Salon.com, Huffington Post, The Network Journal, The Guardian newspaper, and West Africa magazine. In her work as a journalist, she has reported from London, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Lesotho and Ghana.

Esther Armah is the author of four plays: Can I Be Me?, Forgive Me?, Entitled!, and SAVIOUR?, all of which have been produced and performed in New York and Chicago.

Esther lives in Accra, Ghana.

Esther Armah

Esther Armah

Date: Wednesday, 26th August, 2015.
Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Location: Goethe-Institut Accra, 30 Kakramadu Road, (next to NAFTI), Cantonments, Accra.
Admission is free

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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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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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).

 

Award-winning Author Sefi Atta Reads on Ghana Voices Series

Award-winning novelist and playwright, Sefi Atta, is the writer for the month September on the monthly book reading series, Ghana Voices Series.

imageSefi Atta received the 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and the 2009 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.

The reading, which is scheduled for 25 September 2013, will see the acclaimed Nigerian author read from her works and take comments and questions from the audience.

The reading will start exactly at 7PM and will last an hour. Books by Sefi Atta, including Everything Good Will Come, will be available for purchase. Admittance for the reading is free and open to the public.

The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly book reading programme for mainly Ghanaian writers, organised by the Writers Project of Ghana, and in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, Accra.

 

Ghanaian Writer Agyei-Agyiri Reads at Ghana Voices Series

Ghanaian novelist and poet, Alex Agyei-Agyiri, was the guest writer for the Writers Project of Ghana’s flagship monthly reading series called the Ghana Voices Series.

Agyei-Agyiri, who authored the award-winning novel Unexpected Joy at Dawn, and poems, including “Passover” and “This Death Call”, read from his most latest novel Rubble. He also read from the novel Coffee Shop and some selected poems.

Speaking at the reading, Agyei-Agyiri opined that writing was a serious business in which “writers should consider what the African would evolve into”. He said it was his observation that Ghana and Africa’s development was stagnant albeit with some pots of growth at certain areas.

The reading attracted a wide-ranging audience that engaged Agyei-Agyiri on topics from his choice of names for his characters to development issues. Turnout for the reading was not massive; however, given that it was the first for the year, it cannot be used as a yardstick.

Co-founder of Writers Project of Ghana, Martin Egblewogbe, announce that the Ghana Voices Series may host Ghanaian writer Taiye Selasie, who’s novel Ghana Must Go was recently published with tremendous reviews. Selasie read her  unpublished manuscript last year at the Ghana Voices Series.

The Ghana Voices Series takes place on the last Wednesday of each month from March to November, at the Goethe Institute 30 Kakramadu road in Cantonments near NAFTI, from 7 – 8 PM. Books by the writer of the month are always available for purchase.