Ghana Writers Awards to honour Mandela and Nkrumah in 2017

Ghana Writers Awards to honour Mandela and Nkrumah in 2017

By
Portia Nartey

Mr Zadok Kwame Gyesi, the President of the Ghana Writers Awards (GWA) has
hinted that 2017 GWA will introduce more award categories.

He explained that the 2017 edition would see the addition of more award
categories of which two would focus on the African continent for both
Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian writers.

“One of the categories will be called ‘Kwame Nkrumah Literary Prize for
African Unity’ and the other ‘Nelson Mandela Peace Prize for African
Literature’”, he stated.
Mr Gyesi said this in his address at the maiden edition of the Ghana
Writers Awards which was held at the Marvels Mini Golf Course in Accra over
the weekend.
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Speaking on the theme: “Preserving the Ghanaian culture through creative
writing: the role of writers”, Mr Gyesi said people who do well must be
honoured when they are still alive but not when they are dead and gone.

“We the organizers of the Ghana Writers Awards believe that the culture
where we spend much of our resources and energies in celebrating people
posthumously should be discouraged,” he said.

Mr Gyesi said the management of the Ghana Writers Awards would continue to
introduce programmes to champion the promotion of the Ghanaian literary
arts industry.

This year’s winner of the Ananse Prize for Literature, the highest award
being awarded by the Ghana Writers Awards went to Dr Michael Osei Agyapong,
a junior medical doctor at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in
Kumasi.

Ghana Writers Awards is a literary prize instituted by some young Ghanaian
literary compatriots to celebrate and promote Ghanaian writers and
literature.
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Other writers who picked awards at the ceremony, included Mr Bawa Sadique
Anyame, winner of the poetry category with his poem: “Ruses of the gods”
and Ms Rachel Lawerh, winner of the short story category with her story:
“Give them my other leg”.

In a related development, some individuals and cooperate bodies, including
Efua Sutherland, Nana Asaase, Adjei Agyei Baah, Citi FM, Graphic
Communications Group Limited, and Karis were also presented with citations
for their contributions towards the promotion of the Ghanaian literary arts
industry.

In their quest to get more writers for the preservation of the Ghanaian and
African culture, Mr Gyesi said plans were far advanced for the management
of the Ghana Writers Awards to embark on writing seminars for Senior and
Junior High School students as well as tertiary students who wish to become
writers.

That, he said, would be done in partnership with other literary groups
both home and abroad.

“We want to create more opportunities for Ghanaian creative writers,” he
said.

Mr Gyesi, however, called on corporate bodies in Ghana to support the
growth of the Ghanaian literary arts industry, particularly the Ghana
Writers Awards by sponsoring some of the award categories.

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The maiden edition of the Ghana Writers Awards was put together by the GWA
team in partnership with KARIS, Viva-Ghana, Writers International Network
(Canada), Mensa Press (USA), The Arachneed (India), Media Mall, Bea Works,
and Tangent Studios.
Pix shows some of patrons at the maiden Ghana Writers Awards.

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21 thoughts on “Ghana Writers Awards to honour Mandela and Nkrumah in 2017

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    How can a medical doctor win a literary prize/award of a country full of talented writers?

    Hope there was no manipulation in it?

    What was the criteria for the awards?

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