Nigerian Author Chuma Nwokolo in Ghana, February

Nigerian author, and acclaimed short story writer, Chuma Nwokolo, will be in Ghana on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. Chuma will be reading at an event organised by the Writers Project of Ghana at the International House on the University of Ghana campus, Legon.

chumaThe short story writer extraordinaire, who published a collection of short stories in 2013 on Nigeria titled “How to Spell Nija in 100 short stories”, is set to release the other half of the collection this year. He is author of The Ghost of Sani Abacha and Diary of a Dead African and many others.

He was once a guest author on the Ghana Voices Series, a monthly book reading also organised by the Writers Project of Ghana in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, Accra.

*We do not know the time the reading will commence, but it will most likely be in the evening. We will keep this page updated with the latest information.

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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

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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.

 

Taiye Selasi, Chibundu Onuzo, Emmanuel Iduma and Nana Malone in Accra

The month of July is really rocking the literary weather out of all in Accra. Yesterday, we received a tweet from Book Blogger, Nina Chachu, who blogs at Accra books and things and tweets at @adjoaofoe, which carried the feeling in Accra at the moment: “we all want cloning abilities to show up at all the events.” And she may be right. Taiye, Chibundu and Emmanuel aside, Ghanaian but US-based author Nana Malone is in the country and we hear she may even read at Ghana Voices Series.

Before we get ahead of each other, we should like for you to follow these Twitter accounts of the writers: @ChibunduOnuzo; @emmaiduma; @taiyeselasi; @writersPG; and of course our own account @writingGH. We suspect Book Blogger @Kinnareads might live-tweet as well.

Wednesday, 17 July, 2013

Taiye Selasi

Ghanaian-Nigerian writer Taiye Selasi makes a return to Ghana to promote her novel “Ghana Must Go” at the Tavern Tropicana. Taiye will be reading from her novel for the first time as a published novel (we will return to this in a bit).

Taiye Selasi

Taiye Selasi

Tickets are available for about GHC115 ($60) and comes with a copy of the much-praised novel Ghana Must Go. We urge you to hurry and grab a ticket. The event is somewhat targeted at a small audience. It starts at 7PM

For those of you who frequent the Ghana Voices Series, a series of monthly book reading organised by the Writers Project of Ghana in partnership with the Goethe Institut, you would remember that Taiye featured on the programme last year, prior to the publishing of her novel. If you missed, this is that opportunity to catch what you missed.

Wednesday, 17 July, 2013

Chibundu and Iduma

Young Nigerian writer of the novel, described by the Guardian as  “A fiery Nigerian revenge tragedy…”  The Spider King’s Daughter, Chibundu Onuzo, and compatriot writer and co-founder of Iroko Publishing, Emmanuel Iduma, are scheduled for a reading event in Accra. The writers will be holding a read-out hangout at the W.E.B. du Bois Centre, near the American Embassy at Cantonments, from 6PM.

Emmanuel Iduma

Emmanuel Iduma

The event is free and open to the public. This is a rare opportunity to meet two distinguished writers at one central location. And as you can imagine, we expect writers and readers in the city to fill the venue.

Friday 19 June, 2013

Chibundu is expected to do another reading at Sytris Bookshop, Mark Cofie House in Osu. The programme starts at 7PM and is free as well. In the spirit of youth and flare, Chibundu put up a video on YouTube about her Ghana trip.

From what we hear, there are arrangements to put Ghanaian writer, poet and author of Mr Happy and the Hammer of God, Martin Egblewogbe, on the evening reading as well. Very promising night.

Chibundu in Accra

The Palmwine Drinkard is Book for June #WPGHBOOKCLUB

The Book Discussion Club of the Writers Project of Ghana has selected the stunning novel “The Palmwine Drinkard” by Nigerian Amos Tutuola as book for their June discussion. The main discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 6 – 7 PM, at the University of Ghana, Legon.

As you may be aware, the Twitter version of the physical meet-up is a week before 25 June. We anticipate the date for the Twitter discussion of “The Palmwine Drinkard” will be on Thursday, 20 June from 6 – 7 PM.

In line with the format which the Writers Project announced the May event, we can expect the date of the discussion, among other details, to be announced on Twitter via the organisation’s Twitter page (@writersPG). If you are on Twitter, be on the look out for this, or search the hashtag #wpghbookclub and #TPD (for The Palmwine Drinkard).

Already, we have seen the hashtags flying around on Twittersphere, with many readers talking about venues for the sale of the books. Only today, we saw a tweet from @mnhye which quoted the opening sentence of the classic novel. Another tweep and #wpghbookclub-er @amma_konadu was caught talking about how her mother loved this incredulous book.

You can pick up your copy of “The Palmwine Drinkard” from the University of Ghana bookshop at Legon (and its annexes at the Jones Quartey Building JQB at Legon and Accra City Campus) and Sytris bookshop at Osu. Hurry, we hear it’s running out. The book is available on Amazon and Kindle too.

To participate on Twitter: tweet your intention to @writersPG (they will reserve a tweet reminder for you) or simply tweet quotes from the novel or your impressions about it using the hashtags #wpghbookclub and #TPD.
To participate in the meet-up at Legon: email the coordinator edzordzi@gmail.com

We wish you a happy reading and discussion.

Yari Yari Ntoaso Confab Kicks Off Today in Accra – Programme Line-up

The Yari Yari Ntoaso: Continuing the Dialogue kicks off today at the College of Surgeons, No. 54 Independence Avenue, Ridge, in less than an hour. The conference is bringing together women writers of African descent, writing organisations among others to deliberate on chosen topics.

As you would notice, the topics are very interesting, and the 4-day conference is interlaced with workshops for writers of all categories. It is a free, open event as long as you register. We understand, as Ghanaian Book Blogger and an organiser of the conference Kinna Likimani reveals in her post this morning that, the American scholar, author and political Activist, Angela Davis, will be speaking at the Opening Plenary at the conference.

Creative Writing Ghana received a copy of the programme line-up. Below, we publish the complete list.

Thursday, 16 MAY
10:00am-4:30:  Registration
10:00am-4:30pm:  Book Tables & Vendors
10:30-11:00:  Welcome & Orientation
Welcome from representatives of the conference sponsors and collaborating organizations
11:00-1:00pm:  Master Translation Class. This class is first-come, first-served; please arrive a few minutes early.  Led by Wangui wa Goro (Kenya)
1:00-3:00pm:  Performance Art Workshops Workshops are first-come, first-served; please  arrive a few minutes early. Led by Gabrielle Civil (USA/Haiti) and Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria/USA)
3:15-4:30pm – Identity & Creativity
How authors’ and characters’ identities affect the creative process.
Gladys Francis (Guadeloupe); Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (Puerto Rico); Mamle Kabu (Ghana);
Cheryl Sterling (USA); Helen Yitah (Ghana)
4:45-6:15pm – Opening Plenary
Greetings from representatives of The Republic of Ghana & Conference Organizers
Plenary Speakers: Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Sapphire (USA), Angela Davis (USA),
Rosamond S. King (The Gambia/Trinidad & Tobago/USA)
6:30-8:00pm – Opening Reception Sponsored by NYU Accra
8:00-9:00pm – Open Mike
Friday, 17 MAY
9:00am-5:00pm:  Registration
9:00am-5:00pm:  Book Tables & Vendors
9:30-11:00am:  Roundtable: Getting the Work out (for emerging authors)
Writers, editors, and administrators discuss the many venues through which emerging authors can put their work in front of readers.
Doreen Baingana (Uganda); Latasha N Nevada Diggs (USA); Kadija George (Sierra Leone/UK);
Nana Ayebia Clarke (Ghana/UK); Writers’ Project of Ghana representative
Moderator: Tara Betts (USA)
11:00am-12:15pm:  Ghanaian Writers & Scholars in Conversation
Authors and scholars discuss their work and the current literary scenes in Ghana.
Amma Darko (Ghana); Faith Ben-Daniels (Ghana); Ruby Yayra Goka (Ghana); Famia Nkansa
(Ghana), Naana Opoku-Agyemang (Ghana)
Moderator: Ghana Association of Writers representative
12:15-1:30pm – Lunch – Visit the book tables and vendors, and network!
1:30-1:45pm – Author Portrait Slide Show Presentation: “Her Word as Witness: Women
Writers of the African Diaspora” – African Premiere!
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn (USA)
2:00-3:15pm: African & Diaspora Children’s & Young Adult Literature, Now & in the Future
Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana), Ayo Ayoola-Amele (Ghana); Akachi Ezeigbo (Nigeria), Michelle
Martin & Rachelle Washington (USA), Esi Sutherland-Addy (Ghana)
3:30-4:45pm:  Authors & Action
How authors respond to environmental and man-made disasters.
Angelique Nixon (Bahamas/USA); Tess Onwueme (Nigeria); Hermine Pinson (USA); Eintou Pearl
Springer (Trinidad & Tobago); Dzodzi Tsikata (Ghana)
Moderator:  Ira Dworkin (USA/Egypt)
5:00-6:30pm: Tribute to the Life, Writing, & Activism of Jayne Cortez (1934-2012)
7-8:30:  Pan-African Writers Association and Ghana Association of Writers Reception, Reading
At PAWA House; address: Roman Road, Roman Ridge, Accra
Hosted by PAWA Secretary General Atukwei Okai, Featuring Natalia Molebatsi, Angelique V.
Nixon, Hermine Pinson, & Ghanaian authors TBA
Saturday, 18 MAY

8:45am-5:00pm:  Registration
9:00am-5:00pm:  Book Tables & Vendors
9:00-10:45am:  Screening of Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years – 1984-1992 – African Premiere!
Discussants: Gina Dent (USA) & Olumide Popoola (Nigeria/Germany/UK)
9:00-10:30am:  Children’s Storytime (boys and girls welcome!)
Ayo Ayoola-Amele (Ghana); Ruby Yayra Goka (Ghana); Akachi Ezeigbo (Nigeria); Eintou Pearl
Springer (Trinidad & Tobago); Elizabeth-Irene Baitie (Ghana)
9:00-10:30am:  Writing Workshop for Youth (young men and young women ages 13-19 welcome!) Workshops are first-come, first-served; please arrive a few minutes early.
Poetry workshop led by Natalia Molebatsi (South Africa); Fiction workshop led by Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana)
11:00am-12:15pm:  The Creative Process Writers discuss craft and the creative process in written and oral literature.
Camille Dungy (USA); Rashidah Ismaili (Benin/USA); Natalia Molebatsi (South Africa); Monica Arac de Nyeko (Uganda/Ghana); Wanguri wa Goro (Kenya)
Moderator: Madhu H. Kaza (India/USA)
12:15-1:45: Lunch – Visit the book table and vendors, and network!
2:00-3:15pm: Writing Sexuality
Samiya Bashir (Somalia/USA); Virginia Phiri (Zimbabwe); Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah (Ghana); Lola Shoneyin (Nigeria); Anita Cobbinah (Ghana)
Moderator: Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe (Ghana) 
3:30-4:45:  Youth Open Mike
Writers under 20, whether or not they attended the workshop, are invited to read short pieces – everyone else, cheer them on!
5:00pm-6:30pm:  Writing Through the Body: Performance Art
Gabrielle Civil (USA/Haiti); Rosamond S. King (USA/Trinidad/The Gambia); Wura-Natasha Ogunji
6:00-7:30 SABLE Reading
Hosted by SABLE Editor Kadija George & Featuring Nana Akosua, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro,
Khadija Ibrahim, Mamle Kabu, Lola Shoneyin, & Dorothea Smartt
Sunday, 19 MAY
9:30am-1:00pm:  Registration
9:30am-6:00pm:  Book Tables & Vendors
10:00-11:15am – Configuring the Past & the Future
Zetta Elliott (Canada/USA); Lucía Charún-Illescas (Peru/Germany); Gina Athena Ulysse (Haiti/USA), Ishraga Mustafa Hamid (Sudan/Austria)
Moderator:  Dorothy Randall Tsuruta (USA)
11:30am-1:00pm – New Venues, New Audiences; Literature and Technology.
These speakers discuss editing, publishing, distribution, and the use of other media to network and communicate.
Joanne Braxton (USA); Khadija Ibrahiim (UK); Fungai Machirori (Zimbabwe); Wana Udobang
Moderator: Jason King (USA)
1:00-2:00pm – Lunch – Visit the book table and vendors, and network!
2:15-3:30 – Continuing the Dialogue: Keeping Our Work in the World.
Editors and arts administrators discuss the logistics of keeping women’s writing available.
Janet Badjan Young (The Gambia); Bibi Bakare-Yusuf (Nigeria); Margaret Busby (Ghana/UK);
Roshnie Moonsammy (South Africa); Ghana Writers Association representative
Moderator: Maureen Ngozi Eke (Nigeria/USA)
3:45-5:00pm – Closing Plenary
Doreen Baingana (Uganda); Tess Onwueme (Nigeria); Véronique Tadjo (Cote d’Ivoire); Évelyne
Trouillot (Haiti); María Teresa Fernández de la Vega (Spain)

Closing remarks by OWWA members Rashidah Ismaili & Rosamond S. King
5:00-6:15 – Closing Reception

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