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

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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).

 

PRESS RELEASE: WORLD POETRY DAY

The Goethe Institut and G3 Channels in conjunction with The Ghana National Theatre, Talk-Fact3, Writers Project Ghana, IUB and Inkfluent bring to you World Poetry Day. World Poetry Day runs through 18th and 22nd March, 2014.

Outlined below are programmes scheduled for the celebration:

SHS’s in Sogakope, Dodowa & Adenta (18th-20th March): Spoken Word Workshops
Various Points in Accra (20th March @6am): Flash Mob, Street Performances
National Theatre (21st March @3pm): National SHS Slam Championship
Goethe Institut (22nd March): Final Concert

This year it’s even bigger and better! The word art is being taken to a whole new dimension by spicing the shows up with the best performance spoken word artists in the country. Also, trophies and consolation prices will be awarded to the winning poets at the slam.

Call 0205663172/0207388236 or visit wix.ehalakasa.com/ehalakasa

Please download the flyer below onto your smartphones and share.

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Jojo Cobbinah Reads at Ghana Voices Series

Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute are pleased to announce the acclaimed travel writer and novelist, Jojo Cobbinah, as writer of the month on Ghana Voices Series. The reading will take place at the Goethe Institute at Cantonments, Accra on 30 October, 2013, from 7 PM – 8 PM. Each reading will be followed by an interaction with the author.

The reading a free public reading event.

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Jojo Cobbinah at Citi FM. Photo Credit: WPG

Jojo Cobbinah at Citi FM. Photo Credit: WPG

Jojo Cobbinah was born in Bogoso in 1948. After schooling in Tarkwa and Takoradi, he went on to study at the universities of Cape Coast, Abidjan and Dijon. Moving to Germany in 1973, he settled in the Rhein-Main Region, mastered the German language, and began working as a teacher, translator, and journalist.

In 1993, on appointment as translator at Mannesmann’s in Frankfurt, he started his writing career with the first and only travel guide on Ghana written in German, which is now in its eleventh edition. The German chapter of UNESCO acclaimed this book as the best and most profound on any African country. Jojo went on to write further guidebooks on Senegal-Gambia and Madeira and also wrote a cookbook on West African food.

Jojo chanced on the life-story of Dr. Anton Wilhelm Amo, the first African to have lived, studied and lectured in Europe (1706-1749). Fascinated, Jojo went on to research the story, and wrapped up the results of his work in an extensive novel, Dr Amo’s Lonely Planet (Peter Meyer Verlag, Frankfurt (2013)). Dr Amo’s Lonely Planet is available on Amazon.

After almost four decades in Germany, Jojo Cobbinah, now on retirement, has resettled in Ghana. He still keeps close links to Germany and also continues to write regularly for the African Courier, an international magazine published in Heidelberg, Germany. He has three adult children.

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.

 

Award-Winning Author Nii Ayikwei Parkes Reads at Goethe

The Writers Project of Ghana has scheduled the award-winning Ghanaian writer, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, as author for the month of August for its monthly book reading series, the Ghana Voices Series.

The reading, which takes place on Wednesday, 28 August 2013, at the premises of the Goethe Institute from 7 – 8PM, will witness Parkes read from his latest writings. Information we have suggests that the author is working on poetry as well as some stories.

On Sunday, 25 August, Mr Parkes read from the story “The City Will Love You” when he appeared on Writers Project on Citi FM, a radio literary weekly in Ghana. If that is anything to go by, the book reading at the Goethe Institute should follow a similar pattern in terms of choice. For those hoping to hear Parkes read from his seminal and most celebrated work, Tail of a Blue Bird, yet that could still be possible.

The Ghana Voices Series is a monthly reading for published Ghanaian authors (mainly – it occasionally features writers of other nationalities) organised by the Writers Project of Ghana, together with the Goethe Institut Accra. Admittance to the reading is FREE