Nesta Jojoe Erskine is an Occupational Health and Safety professional who loves to write. He’s also a trained speaker, Toastmaster, and a social media enthusiast. His everyday desire is to build a connection with everyday people through sharing of stories, personal failures and the various victories life offers as we move along.
Adewale Maja-Pearce was born in London, England in 1953 and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a B.A. from the University College of Swansea, Wales and an M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He was editor of the Heinemann African Writers Series (1986-1994), and Africa editor of Index on Censorship (1987-1997), the London-based magazine of free expression.
Kwame Adika, P. earned his PhD in African and African Diasporan Studies from the Illinois State University, and currently lectures in the Department of English, University of Ghana, Legon where he teaches courses such as Ghanaian Literature, Studies in African Prose, Practice in Criticism, Poetry and Society in Africa, Literature for Critical Thinking and Analysis, Critical Issues in African Literature, Oral Literature, The Short Story and Literatures of the African Diaspora.
Adjei Agyei-Baah is a lecturer and translator at the University of Ghana School of Distance Education, Kumasi Campus and teaches Academic Writing and Introduction to Literature. He is also the co-founder Africa Haiku Network and Poetry Foundation Ghana, and serves as the managing co-editor of The Mamba, Africa’s first international haiku Journal.
Professor Ama Ata Aidoo is a Ghanaian author, playwright, and an accomplished poet. She is also the author of a number of children's books. She attended the Wesley Girls' High School and received her bachelor of arts in English from the University of Ghana where she wrote her first play, The Dilemma of a Ghost, in 1964. Her works of fiction particularly deal with the tension between Western and African world views. Many of her protagonists are women who defy the stereotypical women's roles of their time.
Delali Avemega is a dad, artpreneur, producer, illustrator and children's book writer. On a quest for children's books when he had his first child, he realised a lot of the children's books he came across were foreign and the local ones he found did not hold much interest for his daughter. Being an illustrator, he thought, why not create a story that was interesting and had characters his daughter could relate to. On why the character Lulu, Delali had quite a bit to say. While he initially chose the name Lulu because it was catchy and fairly common, he soon realised that the name had very positive meanings (gem, brave, fame) in different places.
Bright Ackwerh is a 28 year old artist from Ghana. He is a product of the art faculty at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology where he earned a BFA and MFA in painting and sculpture. His versatile practice is situated in the field of painting, illustration and street art. He was the recipient of the Kuenyehia prize for Ghanaian Contemporary art in 2016 and one of the top 10 finalists in the 2017 Barclays L'atelier art competition.
Chinweizu is an anti-Continentalism Pan-Africanist, as well as a historian. He is writing a seven-volume book titled A Maafa-centric History of Pan-Africanism, 1440-2015. His books include, The West and the Rest of Us (1975); Decolonising the African Mind (1987); Voices from 20th-Century Africa (1988); Anatomy of Female Power (1990); Caliphate Colonialism - The Taproot of the Trouble with Nigeria (2015). Chinweizu will give a talk titled, "50-centuries of Black African Literature and its future - from the Pyramid Texts to Ayi Kwei Armah and beyond" on Saturday, 21st October, 2017 from 5.00 PM to 6.05 PM.
Chuma Nwokolo was born in Jos, in 1963. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the NIgerian Law School. He was called to the bar in 1984 and was managing partner of the C&G Chambers in Lagos. He was writer-in-residence at The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He co-founded the literary magazine African Writing. His first novels, The Extortionist (1983) and Dangerous Inheritance (1988), were published in the Macmillan Pacesetter Series. Other books include, African Tales at Jailpoint (1999), One More Tale for the Road (2003), and Diaries of a Dead African (2003).
Comfort Arthur has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Central St Martins and a Master’s Degree in Animation from the Royal College of Arts. She has worked on several award winning Ghanaian films whilst also editing top TV series. In 2015 her short animated film “The Peculiar Life of a Spider” was nominated in the animation category at the Ghana Movie Awards and The Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Elikem M. Aflakpui is a Data Analyst with PEG Africa in Accra, Ghana. He completed the University of Cape Coast in 2014 with a degree in Economics and Geography. In 2016, Elikem together with his friends (Leslie, Isaac and Perk) started www.2eweboys.com -- a blog committed to creative writing, social empowerment, entertainment and education.
Kwaku Feni Adow is a writer and poet from Ghana. A student of the University of Education, Winneba, he is a member of Africa Haiku Network, Ghana Haiku Society and UHTS (United Haiku and Tanka Society, America). He writes Haiku from his home country and has publications in haiku journals such as The Mamba, Brass Bell, Under the Basho, Frameless Sky, Cattails, Failed Haiku, including Honourable Mentions in online haiku contests.
A Personal Development expert, Jennifer possesses a combination of skills which she uses to provide powerful insights in thinking, behavior and results. She develops and delivers training in communication and other soft skills for dynamic organisations who believe in and act to equip their staff adequately in order for them to produce results. Her corporate clients include Tullow Oil, Vodafone, L’Aine Services and OML Africa to name a few. She also coaches driven individuals to better understand themselves and achieve their desired outcomes.
Kirsty Osei-Bempong but is also known by her nickname MisBeee. She is a London-born writer and bookworm who originates from Ghana. Her passion for writing comes from a desire to share knowledge and inspire others through the fascinating stories of ordinary people. Kirsty has a BA (Hons) in English Literature & Linguistics, an MA in International Communications and Development and a print journalism qualification from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
Kobena Eyi Acquah is a poet, novelist, Fante language scholar and lawyer. He was born in Winneba and was educated at the University of Ghana, Legon and the Ghana Law School. He has worked as a legal and investment consultant and with the National Development Bank of Ghana as a lawyer. As a writer, Kobena Eyi Acquah is best known for his poetry. His poetry collections include The Man Who Died (1984), Music for a Dream Dance (1989), Rivers Must Flow, and No Time for a Masterpiece (1995). In 1985, his poetry collection won the British Airways Commonwealth Prize (Africa). Many of his poetry pieces have been reviewed, translated and dramatized as well as broadcasted.
Kofi Akpabli is a media consultant and travel writer whose latest work has been published in a new Commonwealth Non-Fiction Anthology launched in the UK in May 2016. He is a two-time winner of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist for Arts and Culture. Kofi has also won GJA and National awards in Culture and Tourism. He writes a travel column Going Places in The Mirror newspaper, published weekly in Accra.
Kwesi Amoak is a Documentation Specialist, ghostwriter, and journalist with expertise in Creative Education. Apart from The Unfinished Journey - Biography of V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe, he is also the author of The Creative One - Life and Works of Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, Quest for Excellence - Biographies of 15 Alumni of Legon, Arise Ghana Youth, Social Accountability through Active Citizenship - The Shama Model, and other publications.
Mary Ashun is Principal of Ghana International School in Cantonments, Accra. Mary holds a BSc from Univ. of East London (UK), a B.Ed. from Univ. of Toronto and a Ph.D from SUNY Buffalo, NY. Prior to taking up this current role, she was Principal of Philopateer Christian College in Toronto, Canada and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Redeemer University in Canada. Mary has over 20 years of experience in International Education as a teacher, administrator and researcher.
Dr. Mawuli Adzei (BA, MPhil., MA, PhD) is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the Department of English, University of Ghana, Legon. He currently teaches Practice in Criticism, Studies in African Poetry, Studies in Popular Genres, Introduction to Oral Literature, Life Story, Creative Writing and Life Story at the undergraduate level; Post-Colonial Literature, Popular Genres, Poetry and Society in Africa and Studies in Oral Literature at the graduate level.
Sabata-mpho Mokae is a novelist, translator and academic. He writes in English and Setswana (a southern African language). He is the author of a teen novella Dikeledi and a biography The Story of Sol T. Plaatje. His first novella, Ga ke Modisa [I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper] won the M-Net Literary Award for Best Novel in Setswana as well as the M-Net Film Award in 2013. He also won the South African Literary Award in 2011.
Nana Awere Damoah holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Operations and Supply Chain Management from the University of Liverpool. A British Council Chevening alumnus, Nana works as a publisher, bookseller and technical services consultant.
Nana Nyarko Boateng is a Writer, Poet and an Editor. She is C.E.O. at Gird Center, a Writing, Editing, and Training Services Company in Accra. Nana has over a decade of experience working in diverse roles in communications, literary and media organizations. She has taught creative writing workshops in schools across Ghana and at the University of Lomé.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian writer, senior editor at flipped eye publishing, a socio-cultural commentator and a performance poet. In 2007 he received Ghana's national ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy. Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a former International Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton and writer-in-residence at California State University, Los Angeles and holds an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck (University of London).
Niq Mhlongo is a Sowetan-born writer and journalist known and loved for the piercing way in which he tackles current affairs and the madness of contemporary South Africa. He has written three novels – Dog Eat Dog (2004), After Tears (2007) and Way Back Home (2013) - and a collection of short stories, Affluenza (2016).
Agyeman Ossei is a lecturer at the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ghana, where he has been teaching since 1999. He is an expert in Aesthetics, Visual and Performing Arts and was educated at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he obtained a B.A, M.F and PhD. Agyeman Ossei’s cross-disciplinary practice attempts a linkage of the symbolic, semiotic and metaphysical in art. He dialogically relates painting, collage and sculpture as mediums of expanding Asante linguistic proverbial and philosophical ideas. His works celebrate cultural classics, literature, poetry, etc and memorializes them through carving, modeling, painting and dramaturgy.
Portia Dede Opare is an academic, drawn to the arts and to literature primarily through her appreciation and critique of literary works. She is a student of the University of Ghana, pursuing an MPhil in African Literature and Development Studies. When she isn’t spending most of her time being uncomfortable with tags and the expectations that comes with it, she calls herself a writer and writes creative non-fiction. Some of her works have been published on the Gird Blog (girdblog.com).
Raymond Tuvi was educated at the Morning Star School, Accra, St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast and the University of Ghana, Legon. During his high school days, Raymond won several episodes of the popular national radio quiz programme "What-Do-You-Know?" and the television equivalent, "Best Brain", winning the 1985 KLM Royal Dutch Airline-sponsored competition as the youngest-ever champion in the history of the competition, with a trip to Britain as his prize.
Aisha Nelson dreams, writes, thinks and lives in Accra, Ghana, where she is also a college tutor of English Language and Literature. Her poems were shortlisted by Poetry Foundation Ghana and Erbacce Press in 2012 and 2014, respectively; Stag-nation was the winning entry in Akwantuo Writing’s inaugural Harmattan Poetry Contest.
Ebenezer Amankwah has an uncanny passion for reading and writing. Growing up in Accra, books always held a fascination for him. With a strong desire for a total economic emancipation of the African continent, he believes writing is one way to achieving this. Ebenezer holds degrees from University of Ghana and University of Birmingham, UK.
With a rich experience spanning more than a decade, Nana Asaase blends the English Language with local languages, employs vivid metaphors and music to present a bridge between tradition and modernity, providing tasteful African/Ghanaian Literary Art, suitable for all audiences. Until recently, Nana Asaase worked as a Public Relations Executive with Global Media Alliance but has now dedicated his full attention to the arts. He has started a rural literary coaching initiative (Poetry For Development).
Eli Tetteh is a lecturer at Ashesi University where, in addition to managing the Writing Centre, he teaches Written & Oral Communication, Text & Meaning and African Literature & Film. A writer and editor, Eli is also the author of the chapbook Ellipses and has been published in GOOD magazine, DUST magazine and nKENTEn.
Hajara Lydia Daniel is a Saltpond born author, poet and playwright. The former student of Mfantsiman Girls Secondary School, Tamale Secondary School (Ghana) and the University of York (United Kingdom) began writing at the age of 5. By the age of 12, she had written her first book, Endless Love. After two decades of working at EW FACT and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the married mother of two left the corporate world and followed her passion for writing. Hajara is the founder and Executive Director of the Creative Writing Academy in Accra.
Maame Adwoa Marfo is the last of seven children and a member of a remarkably large extended family. Her childhood was characterized by a profound love of the written word and a need to consume as much reading material as possible. This early love for reading gave birth to an even greater love for creative writing. Her work is informed by her lived experiences and the literary pieces that she herself has read and loved. She hopes to continue in her growth and development as a writer and an appreciator of literature.
Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo is a Ghanaian writer and poet. Her works of fiction have appeared in The Kalahari Review, Brittle Paper and Afridiaspora, with her poems forthcoming in the PRAXIS response chapbook, Around The Fire 5. She has recently been shortlisted and published in the anthology, ‘The Different Shades of a Feminine Mind’; an AfriWowri Literary Project, and is currently a finalist in the 2017 RL Poetry Award.
Rita Nketiah is a creative writer, academic and feminist. She has published in various outlets including This Is Africa (TIA), Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women and Pambazuka. Rita is also a VONA alum (Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshop) participating in the 2012 Political Content in Memoir Writing cohort. She is currently completing her PhD research in Critical Human Geography at York University, with a focus on second-generation immigrant transnationalism among young adults of Ghanaian origin.
I'm Dela Nyamuame but everyone calls me Efo Dela. I'm a Computer Engineer currently working with VOTO Mobile. My job mostly entails designing Interactive Voice Response Surveys and managing projects. I love to read, a lot. It's normal to find me head buried in a book when I'm not at work. I run two blogs efodel.blogspot.com where you can find most of my poems and brodela.blogspot.com where I write satire.
Oswald Okaitei is a multi-award winning poet and spoken word artiste. He is a performance poet who combines music with poetry to paint imagery in the eyes of the mind. Oswald has transformed several poems into dramatic acts and has shared performing platforms with icons as Muta Baruka, Rocky Dawuni, Prof. Atukwei Okai, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, among others.
Rodney Assan is a student and the co-author of MADE IN GHANA an anthology of 25 short stories and flash fiction. Although he’s always merged photography and the writing of short stories as a hobby that explores both, he has been writing professionally since 2013, featuring on a number of online blogs and the student-ran Ink Magazine. His passion for writing has led him to volunteer at creative writing workshops to teach and learn.
Elisabeth Efua Sutherland holds a BA Theatre from DePauw University (USA) and an MA Contemporary Performance Making from Brunel University London (UK). She has recently been an artist in residence at the International Metabody Forum, Google Cultural Insitute Paris (as part of a program curated by 89Plus), and at the Villa Empain in Brussels. She is also the co-director of the Accra Theatre Workshop.
Antony ‘Fui’ Can-Tamakloe is a student of Public Administration in the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. He’s been writing stories for a little over fourteen years, and prefers to write from the perspective of the everyday Ghanaian. Occasionally, he writes these stories in Ghanaian pidgin. He just recently self-published ‘Made in Ghana’ (an anthology of short stories) with Rodney Assan. He hopes to write stories that impact Ghanaian, and African, culture by creating awareness on things that need to be changed.
Setor Fiadzigbey is an artist/illustrator who has worked in different fields of visual storytelling including Illustration, Storyboarding for TV/Film, Animation and Comic Book Production among others. He has worked with international publishers such as Oxford University Press (South Africa), Penguin Random House Publishing (Canada) and recently, Editora do Brasil.