For the 3rd time, Ghana Reads Initiative hosts its communal reading project dubbed ‘Ghana Reads!’. As an annual project of the 2016 Pan African Poet/Spoken word artiste, Oswald Okaitei.
‘Ghana Reads!’ seeks to revive the dying library culture in the country and help create a new generation of readers in Ghana. Adapting to the New Normal, this year’s edition of the project is set to have two phases—the Physical session and virtual sessions.
The Physical session will be held on the 7th of October, 2020 to commemorate the International Reading Day at the Korle Gonno Community Library and is set to engage children from Chorkor, Korle Gonno, Jamestown and other suburbs within the Mamprobi Community to interact literarily with societal icons as Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Prof. Lade Wosornu, Manasseh Awuni Azure, Ruby Goka, Dr. Gheysika Agambilla, Blakk Rasta among others.
Other personalities that will have sessions with the children in the form of workshops and conversations include Nii Odartey Lampety, ace GBC Newscaster and currently Channel Manager for Obonu Tv, Thelma Naa Tackie, Valerie Danso, Abdul Hayi-Moomen (Broadcast jounalists with GBC), Ridwan Kaim-Dani-Osman (Senior Broadcast Journalist with GHOne Tv), Kwame Owusu Danso (Broadcast Journalist with Pan-African Tv/ Youth & Political Activist)
Other dignitaries that will grace the physical session of the 2020 Ghana Reads!’ include Naana Kabukuor Dumaaley I [Paramount Queen of Ada Traditional Area], Hon. Theophilus Isaac Quaye [Assembly Member for Chorkor Electoral Area], Mr. Asare Konadu Yamoah [President, Ghana Book Publishers Association & Chairman, Ghana Cultural Forum] and Dr. Wale Okediran [Secretary-General of the Pan-African Writers Association] who is the Keynote Speaker. These dignitaries would have reading sessions with the children to encourage them to cultivate the habbit of reading during their leaisure.
Other activities for the day will be the launch of e-books by Foundation for Security and Development in Africa and Drich Discount Account and Rad2Play video game sessions.
The virtual sessions which be from 8-10 October, will host Abdul Hayi-Moomen, Manasseh Azure Awuni, Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong Abbey and Dr. Gheysika Agambila in reading sessions on zoom and an Online Review of Bureau of Ghana Languages’ Book
of Prof. Lade’ Wosornu’s Poems Translated into Ghanaian languages.
Details of the sessions can be accessed by visiting Ghana Reads!’ timeline on Facebook and twitter.
Partners of the 2020 edition of the project are e-Ananse Libraries, Drich Discount App, Rotary Club of Accra-Industrial, Bureau of Ghana Languages and the Wosornu Foundation.
Supporters are Yumvita, A.A Reading Club, Adwinsa Publications Ghana Ltd, Mamprobi Gale School Community Library and the Korle Gonno Community Library. For more information one can contact +233 244 174 908.