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”.

Kofi Anyidoho Reads Tonight on the Ghana Voices Series

The Writers Project of Ghana, together with the Goethe Institute, will host the world-renowned poet and academic, Kofi Anyidoho, on this month’s Ghana Voices Series, a monthly book reading series organised by the Writers Project of Ghana.

Kofi Anyidoho is an accomplished poet of international repute. The inaugural Kwame Nkrumah chair of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Professor Kofi Anyidoho has won many awards for his poetry and academic work.

Prof Anyidoho has impacted many Ghanaian poets and students, directly and indirectly, through his semester Creative Writing class at the Department of English at the University of Ghana.

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The venue as usual is the Goethe Institute (near NAFTI at East Cantonments) and it’s about a few minutes away to the start of the programme at 7PM.

Go to this amazing reading for an opportunity of a lifetime to interact with Kofi Anyidoho.

Admittance 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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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.

Happy New Year – Report

As the year 2014 ends, Creative Writing Ghana is grateful for what has been a rather challenging year – yet a very eventful one for writing and literature in Ghana.

During the period, there were writing workshops organised including those from the Gird Center, and, more recently, the workshop with crime fiction writer Kwei Quartey, organised by the Writers Project of Ghana. There were the book readings, the Golden Baobab Prizes, book discussions and a plethora of poetry events. It was a great year, simply put.

For our blog, the guys at WordPress sent us an amazing report including some statistics on how we did. As we thank you for your patronage of this blog, our Facebook and twitter, we would like to share with you a summary of the report, while wishing you a Happy New 2015!

“A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

There were 34 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 24th with 135 views. The most popular post that day was Interview with Golden Baobab Prize Longlist Author Ricky Ansong.”

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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Interview with Golden Baobab Prize Longlist Author Kwame Aidoo

This is second in our series of interviews with some Ghanaians on the longlist of the Golden Baobab Prize announced recently. Kwame Aidoo (KA), popularly known as Kwame Write, is famous for his poetry and street name within the spoken word community in Ghana. This time, he has broken the stereotype by making the list.

CWG: How did you hear about the Prize and why did you decide to enter this particular category?
Kwame Write and Deborah Ahenkorah on Writers Project on Citi fm

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KA: I remember hearing Deborah Ahenkorah, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Golden Baobab talk about the prizes on Citi FM’s Writers Project Ghana radio show, and also on social media, especially twitter. I followed on to the website where I read more about how it functions. I actually wrote for all the categories and even entered the Illustrations category, except Rising Writers category, of course.

CWG: How did you receive the news about the longlist, where were you and how did you feel?

KA: Truth is, the Golden Baobab team sent me an e-mail about it and I was really excited. I was working from home, and I was actually shocked because I didn’t think I would make the longlist. I put in as much time as I do with some of my poems. I only attempted entering when the deadline was almost up, typed it out quickly in about an hour or two when the creative juice flowed, edited briskly and hit send. The media buzz about it; radio, Internet, newspaper and having friends and admirers call from all over adds to the honour and I must say I am very humbled.

CWG: Is this your first time making a Longlist? What are you writing at the moment?

KA: For children’s literature, this is the first time I’m making a longlist. I usually don’t work on just one item in a day. I attend to one writing at a time and give it as much focus and move to another, usually of a different genre depending on priority, deadline, drive or creative buzz. At the moment, of course I am working on more children’s literature and some may evolve into animations in the near future. I am, as well, putting together some works for a personal audio recording project under the auspices of Inkfluent (producers of Vocal Portraits spoken word series in conjunction with Akwaaba Music). Also, I am doing some music journalism for the Music in Africa project for Goethe South Africa. My debut anthology and a mini ‘zine’ that projects the Ghanaian street art and music trend as well as lifestyle of the popular not forgetting the underlying grapevine groove are also in the works.

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CWG: In the past prizes, very few Ghanaians have made the Longlist. Are you confident you’ll make the shortlist?

KA: Yes, I am confident, because my work “The Tale of the Busy Body Bee” has the African folklore/storytelling touch and is carved out for the target age group.

 

CWG: Thank you for making the Writing community in Ghana proud. Any final words?

KA: I’m excited to be part of the writers making the longlist. Golden Baobab in its 6th year is ever passionate about putting blue-ribbons in the hats of African writers and illustrators of children’s stories. These are seeds being sown for this generation and progeny. I would say, particularly to fellow writers and the youth that we are unrestricted in any way to dream big but realistically; make focused plans, especially with our community in mind, achieve them and repeat the cycle.