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Ama Ata Aidoo. Image from Darren Hercher Fadoa Films.

The 2018 Accra International Book Festival will be held from 6-9 September, to coincide with the International Literacy Day on September 8. The festival theme is “Amplify,” which “emphasises the power of the writer to shape the destiny of his people by capturing their hurts, pains, and worries in their projects.” The programme is aimed at promoting a culture of reading and ideas in Ghana, inspiring writing, promoting authors’ books, and making books affordable and accessible to students.

The Festival has secured the participation of the iconic Ama Ata Aidoo as well as that of Haruna Ayesha Attah, author of The Hundred Wells of Salaga and former Miles Morland Scholar. Other guests include authors Nana Damoah Awere, Brooke C. Obie, and Chief Moomen, and actor Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku and Joy FM radio personality Manasseh Azure Awuni.

Haeuna Ayesha Attah.

At the Festival’s launch last week, its West Africa Coordinator, Kwabena Brakopowers, stated, “We’re working with some writers and organisations to turn our literature into the next cocoa, gold, and oil for Ghana.”

The partners for the 2018 Accra International Book Festival are Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies (IAS), and the Tourism Ministry. The event’s Internet Sponsor is Busy Ghana.

Visit the Festival’s Website.

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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