Ayesha Harruna Attah grew up in Accra, Ghana, and was educated at Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and New York University. She is the author of Harmattan Rain, nominated for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Saturdays Shadows, and The Hundred Wells of Salaga, currently translated into four languages. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Elle Italia, Asymptote Magazine, and the 2010 Caine Prize Writers’ Anthology. Attah is an Instituto Sacatar Fellow and was awarded the 2016 Miles Morland Foundation Scholarship for nonfiction. She lives in Senegal.
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Bisi Adjapon is the author of the novel, Of Women And Frogs (2018). Her writing has appeared in journals and newspapers including the Washington Times, Mcsweeney’s Quarterly, CitiFMonline, Daily Graphic and Chicken Bones.
As an International Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service, she won the Civil Rights Award for Human Relations, and a Strategic Objective Award for her work on the Norman Borlaug Capacity Building Fellows targeting women in developing countries. She has worked in several embassies, taught and managed projects in Costa Rica, Mexico, South Africa and Ghana.
Ato Quayson is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2019 was elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He is Professor of English at Stanford.
He studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Ghana and took his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge after which he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford before returning to Cambridge to become Reader in Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature in the Faculty of English from 1995-2005. He was also Director of the Centre for African Studies and a Fellow of Pembroke College while at Cambridge. Prior to Stanford he was Professor of African and Postcolonial Literature at New York University (2017-2019) and Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto (2005-2017). In 2016 he was appointed University Professor at the University of Toronto, the highest distinction bestowed by the university.
Professor Quayson has published 5 monographs and 8 edited volumes. His monographs include Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing (1997), Postcolonialism: Theory, Practice, or Process? (2000), Calibrations: Reading for the Social (2003), and Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation (2007). Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism (2014) was co-winner of the Urban History Association's 2015 Best Book Prize (non-North America) and was named in The Guardian as one of the 10 Best Books on Cities in 2014. His edited books include Relocating Postcolonialism (with David Goldberg, 2001), African Literary Theory: An Anthology of Literary Criticism and Theory (with Tejumola Olaniyan, 2007), Fathers and Daughters: An Anthology of Exploration (2008), Labor Migration, Human Trafficking, and Multinational Corporations (with Antonela Arhin, 2012), The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature (2012), A Companion to Diaspora and Transnational Studies (with Girish Daswani, 2013), and The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel (2016). He also wrote a new Introduction and Notes to Nelson Mandela’s No Easy Walk to Freedom (2003). He is currently completing Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature for Cambridge University Press and also working with Grace Tolequé on Accra Chic: A Locational History of Fashion in Accra for Intellect Books and Chicago University Press.
Professor Quayson was a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar (1991-1994), Chief Examiner in English for the International Baccalaureate (2005-2007) and member of the European Research Council (2010-2017). He has also held Fellowships at the Du Bois Institute for African American Studies at Harvard (2004), and the Research Centre in the Humanities at Australian National University (2015). He was the 2011-12 Cornille Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College and is founding editor of The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. He has lectured widely in Africa, Europe, Canada, the United States, Singapore, Turkey, Hong Kong, Australia, and various other places.
He is currently Vice-President, African Studies Association, and will become President of the ASA in November of 2019.
Dorcas Adjoa Essel is a writer based in the Central Region of Ghana. Her first story, Shadows of the Past, featured in Graphic Showbiz as a miniseries. She has since then written other stories which are available on her blog adjoaessel.wordpress.com .
She is an old student of Hariom International School and Mankessim Senior High School, and is currently a student at the University of Education, Winneba.
Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at a Nigerian publishing house and has been freelancing as a writer since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and also has self-published work.
In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is the author of My Sister, the Serial Killer, which won the 2019 LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller, the 2019 Morning News Tournament of Books was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 and Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.
My Sister, the Serial Killer has been translated into five languages and has also been optioned for film.
Empi Baryeh is a Ghanaian author of sweet and sensual African, multicultural and interracial romance and women’s fiction. She was born in Harper, Liberia, to Ghanaian parents and considers herself an honorary citizen of her country of birth. She spent the first thirteen years of her life living in various African countries, including: Liberia, Nigeria, and Cameroon.
Her interest in writing started around the age of thirteen after she stumbled upon a YA story her sister had started and abandoned. The story fascinated her so much that, when she discovered it was unfinished, she knew she had to complete it. Somehow the rest of the story began to take shape in her mind and she’s been writing ever since.
When she is not writing, she likes to read, listen to music and catch up on TV series. Her published novels include: Most Eligible Bachelor (2012), Chancing Faith (2012) and Forest Girl (2018), His Inherited Princess (2018) and Expecting Ty’s Baby (2019).
Empi’s debut novel, Most Eligible Bachelor, won Book of the Year in the 2017 Ufere Awards, while Chancing Faith won the Ayi Kwei Armah Novel 3rd Prize in the 2018 Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) Literary Awards.
She is a member of the Ghana Association of Writers, as well as Romance Writers of West Africa, an organisation that supports romance writers of West African origin and/or writers who write romantic fiction set in Africa.
Find empi online at: https://linktr.ee/empibaryeh .
In 2009, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah co-founded the award winning blog, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women to create a safe space for African women to chat openly, honestly and safely about sex, sexualities and relationships. Nana’s writing and content production focuses on African feminism, gender and sexuality. She has been published widely by media platforms including the Guardian, and Open Democracy. She is also a regular vlogger for Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcaster. Her short stories can be found in, It Wasn’t Exactly Love, a collection published by Farafina, and The Pot and Other Stories published by FEMRITE. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction book that documents the sexual experiences of diverse African women from the continent and its global Diaspora.
Nancy Kili is a Ugandan lawyer, film-maker and Aauthor. She has published five books four of which have been translated into French namely, Failure is a Wizard (L'Echec est in Socier), The Story of Letasi (L'Histoire de Letasi), a novel adapted for stage as a theatre play, Tradition and Education in Ayivu , The book of Wonders (Pleine de Merveilles ), a children's poetry anthology, and The Adventures of Osuta ( L'aventures de Osuta , a children's story book.
Her videos include Women and Gender equality in the World and The constitution of Greatness .
She is the Senior legal officer of The Justice and Law Project (J.A.L.A) also incharge of constitutional drafting at the Amnesty Commission and serves as a legal advisor/Board member to numerous other organisations. An implimentor of the Maputo Protocol, she believes gender equality can be achieved by granting women and girls equal opportunities and rights in accordance with men.
She is the Founder of Cruise Education, an education entitity that aims at mentoring the education sector and literacy( through the Cruise literacy centers) and believes the best way to make Africa a better place is by Africanizing the education system/syllabus. She remains an advisor to the Ugandan Education sector like her late grandfather Brigadier Barnabas Kili (Uganda's Forth Minister of Education).
On 19th June 2018, Nancy Kili received the Diplomatic Women for Women Award-Academic Prize.
Being a performance poet, she has performed in various African countries and has delivered key note speeches regarding justice, human rights, education and women empowerment.
Ray NDÉBI is the author of The Last Ghost: son of struggle. He is a Literary Analyst, Reviewer, Chief Poetry Editor at kreativediadem.com, Editorial Director of Ifrikiya publishing, Head Research and Analysis of Re-Texte (a group that also performs literary translations), Mentor of authors and professional readers.
He lives in Yaounde, Cameroon and travels to many countries and universities where he leads workshops on the Art of Reading and the Art of Writing. He is currently completing a book titled The Memory of the Ink.
All his life is dedicated to Words and their interaction with Nature...
N. Maria Kwami is an expert in Communications for Development with over 25 years' experience. Her current daytime job is Director of Public Affairs at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Volta Region. Her past affiliations include: The Washington Post; African Peer Review Mechanism; World Bank Group; and USAID. She holds an M.A. in Communication, specialising in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University; a B.A. in International Affairs, specialising in International Development Studies from George Washington University; a diploma in Journalism from Ghana Institute of Journalism, and a diploma in French from Alliance Francaise. She is also the Founder and Executive Editor of Dede Multimedia Agency for Development, a media advocacy and development organisation based in Ho. Secrets of the Bending Grove is her debut novel.
Ositadimma Amakeze was born on the first month of months, January, in the year of his birth. He is a Catholic priest and the founder Young Women & Men Creative Association (YOWAMCA). As an artist and a poet (by virtue of phenomenological necessity), he exploits the experiential and existential dimension of things and lays them down at the tribunal of faith and reason. He observes and interacts with nature, such that a close witness of a bird-couple teaching their fledging how to fly in a solitary shrub concretises his belief that we nurture nature. Bees and ants are among his creatures of admiration.
He talks about the Muse, as evident in his poetry collections, The Blazes & Buzzes of the Muse and The Medley of The Muse. For him, having written copiously in English language, every author should write in his or her own native language, for those in prints will not go extinct. His first Igbo novel, Ọgazị Amaka as well as his other books have found their ways into secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
The demiurgic force as it were, fashions the sensible world of his words. “In writing, one is powerful beyond measures; every character looks up to you to have birth, breath or death,” he says. These are evident in the eloquence and ingenious exploitation of events found in his novels The Last Carver, Teeth of a Snail, and his numerous short stories.
He is a native Nimo in Anambra State, Nigeria.
Patron Henekou writes poems and plays, and organizes the Festival International des Lettres et des Arts (Festilarts) at Université de Lomé, Togo. He writes in French and English as well, and translates. His poems have appeared in anthologies such as Palmes pour le Togo, Arbolarium, Antologia Poetica de Los Cinco Continentes, and The Best New African Poets Anthology 2017, and in poetry journals such as AFROpoésie, Revue des Citoyens des Lettres, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, Asymptote, Better than Starbucks, etc. His published books include a play in English, Dovlo, or A Worthless Sweat (2015) and two poetry books in French entitled Souffles d’outre-cœur (2017) and Souffles & faces (2018). His book Des cheveux et des ongles (poetry) is scheduled for publication in December. Patron is a 2018 Langston Hughes Fellow at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray, Florida.
Richard Ali is a Nigerian lawyer, novelist and poet. Author of the warmly received 2012 novel, City of Memories, Richard was Editor-in-Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and was a runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition. He has been Publicity Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (2011 to 2015).
A founding member of the Nairobi-based arts collective, Jalada Africa, he also sits on the board of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, based in Kampala, Uganda, which runs BN Poetry Award — Africa’s only in-Africa continental poetry prize. He has served as a consultant, holding a public policy-shaping role as Technical Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Interior from 2015 to 2017, working on the Ministry Strategy Group (MSG). He is presently Programme Manager of the Association of Nigerian Authors Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ANA PCVE) programme, which seeks to use literature to counter extremism. A noted expert on issues of violent extremism, he is an alumnus and member of the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS) and has participated in several roundtables across Africa. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor’s Leadership Programme (IVLP). He co-founded Parrésia Publishers Limited in 2012 and practices law in Abuja, Nigeria. His debut collection of poems, The Anguish and Vigilance of Things, was published in 2019 by Konya Shamsrumi. He recently co-authored a chapter titles Governance, Climate Change and Security Challenges: The Case of Lake Chad in Governance and Security in the Sahel, published by the Foundation for European progressive Studies, Rome.
Sylvia Vollenhoven is a writer, an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. In 2019 she was appointed the University of Johannesburg’s first ever Professor of Practice. Her feature film in development Buckingham Palace District Six won the SA/Canada Accelerator Award at the 2019 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). Co Director and SA Producer for the feature documentary film Jozi Gold that opened to acclaim at the 21st Encounters Film Festival 2019. It is a co-production with WG Films in Sweden and Sant & Usant in Norway and looks at the environmental disaster left behind by a declining gold mining industry. She is the SA Producer for the BBC mini-series Mandela the Living Legend. A play based on the life of Writer Richard Rive and that she co-authored, My Word Redesigning Buckingham Palace, was chosen for a run on London’s West End and for the main programme at SA’s National Arts Festival (NAF). The NAF Main Festival also selected another of her plays, Cold Case – Revisiting Dulcie September. The latter won both the inaugural Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights in the Arts as well as a Standard Bank Audience Award. Commissioned by the Volksoperahuis of Amsterdam to write Krotoa Eva van de Kaap, a play that premiered in the Netherlands to standing ovations before a sold-out run in Cape Town and a run at the Free State Arts Festival in 2019. Nominated for the Festival’s Blinkers Award (Best Debut Production). Her seminal dance drama about Khoisan identity, The Keeper of the Kumm (based on the novel of the same name), opened on the main programme at SA’s NAF.
Sylvia is chair of the 2018 & 2019 Alan Paton Literary Award Jury and member of the International Emmy Awards 2018 Jury. She was a Knight Fellow who led a project to improve coverage of poverty and development issues in Ghana for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the early 90’s, Vollenhoven was the Southern African Correspondent for the Swedish newspaper, Expressen, and was awarded Sweden’s top journalism prize by Scandinavia’s prestigious Publicist Klubben.
Amma Ampong Agyeman-Prempeh is a certified bookworm. She shares her love for reading and writing on www.bookwormgh.com. She enjoys reading (auto)biographies – an opportunity to walk into another’s shoes if even for a brief moment.
After completing Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast, Ghana she went on to study for a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and French (with Honours) from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from University of Warwick, UK. She lives in Accra, Ghana with her family.
Louisa Uchum Egbunike is a lecturer in English at City, University of London. She completed her PhD on The Igbo Experience in the Igbo-Nigerian Novel at SOAS, University of London, where she has also lectured in contemporary African literature. In 2016 she was selected as one of the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s New Generation Thinkers which has seen her create and present content for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts Online. Louisa has been an invited guest lecturer to a number of institutions including Wellesley College, University of the West Indies and University of Bremen. Louisa has published in a number of academic books and journals such as African Literature Today, Matatu and A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (James Currey, 2017). She is currently working on a multifaceted project, which includes a series of events, a travelling art exhibition and a documentary film, reflecting on the legacies of the Nigeria-Biafra war. Louisa is one of the founders and conveners of the annual international Igbo Conference at SOAS.
OluTimehin Adegbeye is a queer feminist writer, speaker, and advocate whose work focuses on human rights, inclusion and justice in the areas of Gender, Sexualities, and Urbanisation.
She has worked with a wide range of political, cultural, civil society and corporate organisations, and has been invited to speak at events in over twelve countries across four continents. Her writing, which is available both digitally and in print, has been translated into multiple languages.
OluTimehin’s TED Talk "Who Belongs in a City?", has been viewed over 2.5 million times and was chosen by TED as one of the best ten talks of 2017.
She lives in Lagos with her daughter.
Sabata-mpho Mokae a novelist, translator and an academic. He is the author of a biography The Story of Sol T Plaatje (2010) and novels Ga ke Modisa (2012), Dikeledi (2014) and Moletlo wa Manong (2018). He has won the South African Literary Award (2011), M-Net Literary Award for Best Novel in Setswana (2013) and the M-Net Film Award (2013). In 2014 he was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa in the USA where he is now Honorary Fellow in Writing. He has translated two children's books by celebrated South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, Dinaane tsa Aforika (Tales of Africa) and Semaka sa Dinaane (Our Story Magic), from English to Setswana. He is a creative writing lecturer at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, South Africa.
Amazing Grace Lois Danso is a young woman passionate about a wide spectrum of issues such as matters pertaining to Ghana and Africa at large, gender, race, governance, social justice activism, and faith. She is an active social media enthusiast who engages friends and followers alike across different platforms in posts aimed at educating, inspiring, creating awareness, fighting injustice, keeping various stakeholders, especially governments, accountable in their respective domains, and relieving stress. She’s a member of various advocacy groups that tackle issues pertaining to sexual abuse, gender, racism, and other issues of social justice. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology: Counseling and Human Development from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a degree in Law from the University of London. She works as the Resource Mobilization & Operations Coordinator for the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET).
Delali Avemega is a children’s book author, artist and illustrator. He is the author and creator of the Lulu Series and Bobo Stories for toddlers. On the 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 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.
He created a character and 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. He wanted a character that dark-skinned children all over Africa and the rest of the world relate to and so Lulu was born.
In 2015 his first book The Girl In The New Dress was published after he founded Fish and Plankton, an independent creative publishing company. “Getting a publishing deal in Ghana was almost an impossible feat hence I had to go all out to start one myself” he says.
Delali Avemega has published so far 15 books with a couple more in the works. He’s been featured on CNN’s Inside Africa and is very passionate about writing relevant stories for children across the continent. His Ghanaian, Sierra Leonean and Nigerian roots inspires him to develop characters and stories which children from various parts of the continent can relate to. He strongly supports and promotes the culture of reading which he believes could help reduce illiteracy in communities and on the continent as a whole.
He has partnered with The Rotary Club, The Embassy of Peru, UNHCR Ghana, Libreria Ghana and other organisations to help launch libraries and reading clubs in some local schools. His company Fish and Plankton also donates books to some schools, NGOs and communities to encourage reading and literacy. Some of his books have been translated into French and Spanish.
You can find Delali or Fish and Plankton Books online and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via the handles @DelaAvemega @fishandplanktonbooks and www.fishandplankton.com,
Edem Torkornoo is the Founder and chief bookworm at Booksie, a pan-African book subscription service and book club for 3-12 year-olds. Booksie curates high quality children’s books written by African authors and regularly delivers them to subscribers around the world. It also runs an Afterschool Book Club and childcare center in North Ridge, Accra.
Prior to Booksie, she served as a Communications Teaching Fellow at MEST-Africa where she taught and mentored aspiring software entrepreneurs. She was also on the Founding Team at the African Leadership University (ALU) and built the university’s digital media presence. Edem is a child at heart and likes to make people happy by cooking for them.
Gabriel Awuah Mainoo, author of 60 Aces of Haiku is a tennis professional, an award winning poet, lyricist and playwright, studying at the University of Cape Coast, who’s poem ‘Taunt’ won best satire of the year 2017 on voices of African poets. He serves as project manager to Ghana writes literary group and creative editor to Writers Global Movement Magazine. Mainoo is an internationally anthologized poet who has featured on Writers Space Africa, YMCA, Leicestershire, London; Poetry Leaves exhibition in Waterford, in the township of Michigan USA, Haiku Universe journal, Kalahari review, Ghana Writes literary journal, the Haiku Foundation, The Cicada’s Cry and elsewhere. He is a contributor to Best New African Poets 2018, Bodies & Scars anthology; attempting at exhausting a place in Leicester volume, poetry leaves bound volume, The Cicada’s Cry special edition, Quesadilla and other adventures among others.
Akua Serwaa Amankwah is a Ghanaian writer and blogger. Her stories have been published in The Mirror, Flash Fiction Ghana and Kenkey For Ewes, an anthology of Flash Fiction from Ghana. She also creates personalised playboxes to inspire children create, write and play. Akua is currently studying for an MPhil in English at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Matilda Amissah-Arthur is a retired professional librarian who has worked with the public library, the Balme Library, University of Ghana, and the British Council Library. She has consulted for USAID Ghana, DFID, the Ministry of Education, local and foreign publishers.
Matilda runs an NGO called “BREAKING THE MYTH” which helps children acquire reading skills and gives disadvantaged women skills to be able to earn a living. She has set up libraries all over the country and given deprived hospitals and clinics hospital equipment and supplies.
She is also an author, editor, philanthropist and a public speaker. She has two children and four grandchildren.
Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer and arts educator from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Tanya is a published poet, internally touring spoken word artist and dancer, arts educator and director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program (a two-week, international artist residency in the Rocky Mountains of Canada). Her latest book of poetry is Nouveau Griot https://www.frontenachouse.com/nouveau-griot/ (Frontenac House 2018)
Bura-Bari Nwilo is the author of the collection, The Colour of a Thing Believed. Bura-Bari Nwilo’s fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in the Association of Nigerian Authors’ Review, Kalahari Review, Saraba literary magazine, Sentinel Nigeria, Ake Review, Brittle Paper, Bookslive.co.za, GuerillaBasement, Muwado, Guardian Nigeria, 234Next, Muse Journal of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a lot more. He is on the Badilisha Poetry X-Change. Bura-Bari’s story ‘Like Eyes Liquid with Hope’ was long-listed for the annual Writivism literary festival in Kampala, Uganda, and included in an anthology. His first book of short stories, A Tiny Place Called Happiness was shortlisted for the ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for short stories in 2017. Bura-Bari, a native of Ogoniland in Rivers State, lives in Port Harcourt. He studied English and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Cornelia Rowena Amoah is a product of Accra Girls’ Secondary school and the Ghana Institute of Journalism. She began a career as a reporter at the Television Newsroom of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and rose to become a News Anchor and a News Editor.
Cornelia won a Visnews Fellowship in International Television Journalism in 1990 and travelled with colleague Journalists Shahida Alam from Bangladesh Television, Rajiv Upadya from, Nepal Television and Carlos Arce from Mexico Television visiting organizations in Europe and North America and observing operations of major Broadcast and international organisations including the BBC, ITV, CNN, VOA, ZDF, WORLDNET, ITU, the UN and the WHO. She subsequently worked with the US Embassy as an Information Specialist at the Public Affairs Section and was the lead coordinator for the media during the visit of President and Mrs. Clinton to Ghana in 1996. She also worked with the Media Foundation for West Africa as Coordinator for the first training programme organized for community radio stations as part of their debut participation in Ghana’s Parliamentary and Presidential elections in 2000.
Cornelia then moved on to establish and Head the News and Current Affairs Department of TV Africa Ghana. She created a modern newsroom environment with a strong Ghanaian heritage. From TV Africa, she assumed the position of Public Affairs Officer of the National African Peer Review Mechanism Governing Council (NAPRAM–GC) in Accra. She was instrumental in highlighting and bringing the activities of the APRM to Ghana and the African Union.
Cornelia Rowena is very passionate about the recognition and celebration of people’s achievements. Her mantra is "People Matter".
George Bernard Shaw is a human rights barrister who was called to the bar by the Honourable Society of Inner Temple, England in 1997. After practising in the UK for many years, he returned to Ghana where he now works. He is the legal advisor for a vocational school and is currently setting up an NGO to promote human right issues in Ghana. He divides his time between his office in Accra and his home by the sea.
Kezia Agbenyega is the West African Publisher and Author Relations Manager at Worldreader, an NGO on a mission to create a world of readers. Currently, she leads the team on the "Inspire Us" Project. The "Inspire Us" project seeks to leverage technology and literature to inspire and empower women and girls across West Africa with a digital collection of 30 books. Kezia is passionate about getting people to read and helping girls know they are so much more and can do much more than what society tells them they are and can do.
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers writes, performs and lectures in Creative Writing at Wits University, Johannesburg. Her poetry collections Taller than buildings (2006) and The everyday wife (2010, winner of the South African Literary Prize in 2011), and ice-cream headache in my bone (2017). She co-edited The Poems of Keorapetse Kgositsile for the University of Nebraska Press, (forthcoming) and her poems appear in New Daughters of Africa (2019) and various journals, including New Coin and Wasafiri. She edited a special edition of the prestigious Atlanta Review on SA Women Poets (2018) and co-edited No Serenity Here, an anthology of African poetry translated into Mandarin. (2010). Her short stories The day that Jesus dropped the ball (shortlisted for Pen/Studinski Prize 2009) and Keeping everything the same (winner: National Arts Festival/Het Beschrijf Writing beyond the fringe winner 2009). Her one-woman play Original Skin toured South Africa and abroad. Since 2007 she has read and performed at poetry festivals in Germany, Denmark, UK, Cuba, Sweden, Zimbabwe and Ghana, and her work is translated into French, Dutch, Flemish, Burmese, Mandarin, Italian, German and Spanish. She is a member of the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund and serves on the judging panel for the Sillerman Prize. She received a MA Creative Writing (with distinction) from Lancaster University. She comes from a background of theatre (Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre 1989-1991) and worked at a television writer for ten years in the South African industry. She studied journalism at Rhodes University (BJournalism 1987) and has worked as a production assistant, waitress, actor, proof-reader, cleaning lady, children’s entertainer and hospital clown.
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Yaba Badoe is a Ghanaian-British filmmaker and writer. A graduate of King's College Cambridge, she was a civil servant in Ghana before becoming a general trainee with the BBC. She has taught in Spain and Jamaica and worked at the University of Ghana. Her short stories have been published in Critical Quarterly, African Love Stories and Daughters of Africa. Her first adult novel, True Murder, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2009. Her first YA novel, A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award in 2018 and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award 2018. Wolf Light was published in April 2019. Yaba lives in London.
Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare has lived and worked in various countries in Africa, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. She has a Ph.D. in Education and is also a RIBA part II qualified architect, with diverse post-disciplinary interests in areas such as Critical Pedagogy; Critical Social Theory; Critical Spatial Literacy; Cultural Studies; Decolonial Thinking, Being and Loving; Gender Studies (especially ‘Third World’ Feminisms); Globalization Studies; International Educational Development; Mobility Studies; and Urban Studies. Out of these eclectic interests, she has published a book, as well as several book chapters and articles in academic press. She has also published a few poems and opinion pieces, which she uses to reflect her experiences of traveling around the world—especially growing up in Accra, London and Nairobi, plus her diverse scholarly interests. She aspires to publish much more of her fictional writing.
Babs is a yoga teacher, wellbeing coach and writer, committed to helping people improve their wellbeing and realise their potential. A Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualified marketer, Babs has a corporate background in sales and marketing, and has experience running personal and business blogs. Topics covered by Babs’ past blogs include fitness, careers, business, restaurant reviews and lifestyle. Since retraining as a yoga teacher and wellbeing coach, she focuses her writing on wellness and personal development, writing for clients internationally.
In 2018, Babs published her first book on Amazon, How to Start a Side Hustle: Start a side business or project without losing your job, your health or your mind! A British-born Ghanaian who recently relocated back to Accra, Babs is also an entrepreneur and member of the 2019 cohort of the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation programme for African entrepreneurs. She will be launching her wellness business in 2020.
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly called "a winning debut". Named to the “Africa39” list of writers “with the potential and talent to define trends in the development of literature from Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora”, her short fiction was included in the anthology Africa39. Her work also appears in Everyday People: The Color of Life and New Daughters of Africa, among others. Brew-Hammond was a 2019 Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, a 2018 Aké Arts and Book Festival Guest Author, a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, and a 2015 Rhode Island Writers Colony Writer-in-Residence. Every month, Brew-Hammond co-leads a writing fellowship at Manhattan's Center for Faith and Work.
Mmakgosi Anita Tau is an award winning filmmaker with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA College, Botswana. She had earlier studied for three years in International Relations & Criminology at Monash South Africa. She created and directs Mmakgosi Live, a show/campaign devoted to mental health awareness and activism in Botswana. She recently wrote and directed Section 82, a 24-minute short film about modern day slavery, for her degree at AFDA. Section 82 has since won a total of 7 awards. Mmakgosi has also written scripts for Colours Television Drama Series, Property 4U Show and directed four short student films and a documentary. Mmakgosi participates in the International Writing Program (IWP) Women’s Creative Mentorship Program for the University of Iowa. She is an activist committed to youth & women empowerment who pioneered mental health awareness movement in Botswana. Mmakgosi has given speeches and performed Spoken Word pieces for programs in Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. In 2018 she was recognized as one of the three Change Makers in Botswana for Botswana’s Independence Day Celebrations.
Mmakgosi Anita Tau is a contributor to Diamond Unearthed Magazine, advocating and inspiring spirited conversations about women, health and faith. She has been published in Drum Magazine, South Africa, Kalahari Review, Badilisha Poetry, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in the United States of America. Her short stories and poems were also published in the Botswana Tourism Organization’s Share Botswana Tourism Fiction Award Anthology in 2018 and 2019.
Naa Dzamah aka Sister E is a proud Ghanaian blessed with African roots and culture which led her to become the Culturepreneur of The Calabash Hub in 2009. She promotes the wealth of Ghana through exports and sales of natural products, adornments, textiles and crafts in the UK. In addition to organizing grass-roots tours to several regions in Ghana, especially for UK Diaspora. Her workshops are themed around culture and wellbeing that consists of head wrapping, natural product making and sister empowerment which has been conducted in the Caribbean, New York, Europe and Ghana. She graduated in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Studies in UK where she has over 10 years’ experience in writing and facilitating personal & social development programmes for young people.
She fulfills her passion with travelling, spirituality, holistic wellbeing, culture and networking which has been the main features in her blog page called ‘Back To Our Roots’ that is incorporated into The Calabash Hub website. She enjoys sharing experiences and keeps her content simple so to let the images also tell the story. Each article sits as a memory in her archives to captivate and reflect the journey and life-long learning.
In March 2018 she journeyed back to her homeland Ghana to embark on a rediscovery of self, reconnecting with family, cultural exploration and to enjoy the sun rays. Within this time had the opportunity to co-run a workshop on blogging at the "Pa Gya! A Literary Festival in Accrs" and had an article published in an online Ghanaian publication.Read more by visiting www.thecalabashhub.com .
TJ Benson is a writer and creative photographer whose work has been published in online and print journals and anthologies. He has facilitated several online and physical writing workshops in the past four years. His short story collection We Won't Fade Into Darkness was published in 2018 by Paressia and his novel The Madhouse will be published in 2020.
Adinah is a singer/songwriter from London UK. She has performed throughout the UK and internationally in places such as London, Brighton and The Gambia. She is currently working on releasing her first single. Adinah's musical style is a mix of modern RnB/Pop with a twist of AfroSoul.
Adinah also works as a Specialist Mental Health Practitioner with children and young people who suffer with mental health difficulties. She aims to use her voice to support, motivate and encourage people in times of need.
Audrey Gadzekpo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Ghana (UG), and Dean of the School of Information and Communication Studies (UG). She has more than 25 years of experience in teaching, research and advocacy on media, gender and governance, and has also worked as a journalist. She currently chairs the board of Panos West Africa (PIWA) and serves on the boards of West African Democracy Radio (WADR), Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the Continental Supervisory Board of Solidaridad. Her research encompasses the nexus between media and issues such democracy and governance, gender, development, climate change and emerging zoonotic diseases. She also works on media histories and popular culture. Audrey has just co-edited a special issue journal (Obsidian vol. 44 issue 2) on the history of Ghanaian radio and the culture of literary broadcasts. She is currently researching the role radio stations in Africa and African broadcasters played during the Second World War.
Born in Ilorin, Nigeria, Folarin completed his undergraduate education with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1995.
He started his working career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), proceeding from there to join the Royal Dutch Shell Group where he spent the next 17 years working in various Shell locations around the world as an IT professional, before deciding to opt out to continue his life of entrepreneurship. He is a serial entrepreneur, always searching for and developing ideas from nothing and building businesses from these ideas.
He is a feature writer, a blog owner, and is the publisher of the PH Microscope.
Folarin is author of the book Abduction Chronicles. Apart from the book, his several writings can be found on his blog www.folarinbanigbe.blogspot.com.ng.
Kadi Yao Tay is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Squid Magazine, an online portal dedicated to the promotion and documenting of work covering comic books and graphic novels, animation, video games and digital art from Africa. He is also the Producer of the Accra Animation Film Festival, and the co-founder of the Alikoto Comic Book Prize.
Kwesi Amoak is the Founding Executive Director of Mpuntusem Foundation, a Pan-African development and communications NGO based in Accra. He is also co-founder of Zalasa Centre for Peace and Security Studies. He is the author of Unfinished Journey: The Life and Times of V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe (2016), The Creative One: Life and Works of Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey (2016), Quest for Excellence: Biographies of 15 Alumni of Legon (2008), Arise Ghana Youth (2009), Social Accountability through Active Citizenship: The Shama Model (2017), Empowered to Lead (2018) , Transformative Women Leaders (2019) as well as notable academic and non-academic research reports. Over the past decade, he has ghostwritten about 20 books for clients in Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Liberia and the U.K.
Kwesi has a wide range of career experiences in Communications, Education and Governance with expertise in journalism, research, development communication, multimedia documentation, creative pedagogy, inclusive education, literacy development, active citizenship, social accountability, transformative leadership and rapporteuring.
Kwesi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy & Information Studies) and Master of Arts (Education) degrees from the University of Ghana.
His hobbies include sky gazing, travelling, listening to birds, dancing and goldsmithing.
Sela Adjei, a Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist and academic has a backround in Communication Design and African art. He is an alumnus of the College of Art in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Sela is a member of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. He has worked as a visual communication consultant for reputable organizations and publishing firms like (Sub-Saharan Publishers, Kwadwoan Publishers, ACET, Johns Hopkins University etc). He has also designed and illustrated childrens literature including Cinta Children’s Magazine, Dr. Spine, Ananse and the Corn Cob and several others. He is currently a lecturer at the National Film and Television Institute where he teaches African Philosophy, Drawing and illustration, Digital imaging, Design Principles and Studio Practices.
Victoria Smith is a Lecturer in History at the University of Ghana where she has worked since 2012. In a previous life - one before pursuing her PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick (UK) - she was Assistant Editor of an educational publishing company and a published poet. Her research interests include the intersection between Ghanaian history and literary culture. Her recent publications include Voices of Ghana: literary contributions to the Ghana Broadcasting System, 1955-57 (2018).
Waterz Yidana is an award winning Ghanaian playwright and poet. He is a graduate of University of Cape Coast and an author of three books. His first play 'The Mango Seed' was written in 2007 and published in 2013. In 2016, 'Madman and the Drunkards' together with "The Poetry, Letters & Short Stories of Waterz Yidana' published.
'Madman and the Drunkards' got good and critical reviews and social media attention that it became an instant hit. The Ghana Education Service approved and recommended it for schools. It also won the Efo Kodjo Mawugbe's Prize for Drama in 2017 in Ghana. In 2019, the University of Ghana requested to use it as a subject text for graduate students and for stage performance which was granted.
The satirical comedy eventually found its way in the libraries of prestigious universities abroad, such as: Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Princeton and other university libraries across the world. It is also on the table of The West African Examination Council (WAEC) and will soon be used as a subject text for secondary schools in Ghana.
Waterz Yidana won a literary award in 2017 and was been nominated for the 40 under 40 awards in 2019. He also writes for The Mirror, the Junior Graphic. He is a member of the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) and serves as a member of the GAWSOP Committee. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Makola Books Limited, a publishing company based in Accra.
Waterz is writing his next play which is based on the life story of Thomas Sankara.
Kofi Ofosu was born and grew up in Accra, Ghana. He studied BSc. Business Management at Regent University College of Science and Technology. He is a self taught illustrator. He loves to tell stories through images. He is primarily a freelance character designer and has worked with DreamWorks TV, BZL studio and a host of other creative organizations. He currently lives in Accra.
Born in 1990, Nametso Dorothy Phonchi (Poetess Phopho) was born and raised in Lobatse, Botswana. She is a Barclays - F.G Mogae 2014 scholarship achiever with a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science and a BA Sociology and Environmental Science degree from the University of Botswana. She is currently working as an academic, and Research Scholar in Land Use and Policy Planning at the University of Botswana, Okavango Research Institute. Poetess Phopho is a multilingual spoken word artist and a published writer. She is an Intermediate accredited Mandarin Chinese speaker, a beginner level French Speaker, and has abilities in Korean language, Hangul. She aspires to use language and folklore music as tools to draw nearer to her audiences in future. She is also a melodical poet and an author of Stories from the Sun, a debut anthology published by Bahati Books, a UK based publishing media house. She is a Co-founder of Sekei girls’ literacy and advocacy poetry movement for young and upcoming writers in Botswana. Nametso has performed on various local and international stages including the Gaborone International Music Culture Week (GIMC), Maitisong Festival, and Maun International Arts Festival, on topics ranging from natural heritages, women, God, resources, conflict, war and politics.
She is currently writing short stories and poetry, to collect creative work for her second book that she wishes to self-publish in 2020. Nametso is inspired by nature and pursues academic Science and social research to enlighten her creative work.
Pelu Awofeso is a Nigerian freelance travel writer with keen interest in the arts, culture, traditional architecture and the environment. His writings have appeared in the World Policy Journal, Africa Today, Africa in Words, 234Next and Sowetan, among many others. He has published four travel books, edited an anthology of global travel writing by Nigerian writers and is currently working on his fifth travel collection. When he is not writing or travelling, Awofeso takes visitors on guided tours of his home city of Lagos and neighbouring states. He is currently the Online/ New Media Editor with the online publication, The Daily Report.
Seth's background is in Economics and Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. He runs impact projects at Libreria Ghana, a literacy development house in Accra. Seth has helped roll out innovative programs to improve literacy in served communities and is excited about doing more in this area to impact even more communities.
He is co-founder at Africans on China (AoC), an organization poised to elevate the voice of Africans in the Africa-China relations. A member of the Global Shapers - Accra Hub, he is committed to shaping his community through innovation, economic and political engagement.
Seth calls himself an "Afro-optimist," and is incredibly proud to be part of the generation that changes the story of his continent. He believes literacy is an essential part of this transformation.
Seth is a news buff, loves to read and is crazy about space science.
Anguah Sarpong is a professionally trained publisher who writes the Ekuba and Spidey series as well as other stories. The series features Ekuba, a girl who believes in volunteering and healthy practices. She has a naughty nemesis, Spidey, who always comes up with mischief. Each of the stories cover an activity that gives back to society, a mischievous act and then shows repercussions for Spidey's mischief.
Anguah's vision is to create a collection of whimsical and imaginative stories for children with the unique Ghanaian culture of storytelling, and she hopes to continue to write more imaginative stories with illustrations and characters.
Kofi Akpabli is an academic, journalist and travel writer whose repertoire oozes creativity and inspiration. His scholarly interests include researching and communicating key values of African art and culture. Whether he is covering a 9/11 memorial on Ground Zero in New York or discovering traditional taboos in Ghana’s Upper West Region, human interest is ever his soft spot.
Kofi’s latest work "Made in Nima" has been featured in Safehouse: Explorations into Creative Non-Fiction, a new Commonwealth Anthology which has been published in London. Kofi Akpabli started his writing career at sixth form, when a historical play he wrote captured first prize in a Panafest National Playwriting Contest. The theatre piece, The Prince and the Slave has subsequently run at the Art Centre in Accra, Kumasi and at the Cape Coast Castle.
He teaches courses in Communication Studies at Central UniversityCollege. He also serves as the Editorial Board Secretary of Central Inquiry, the University’s inter-disciplinary journal. As a Communication Specialist He has executed script projects for Fidelity Bank, University of Ghana (60th anniversary), Vodafone Ghana, National Lotteries Authority and DANIDA. His research interests are Narratology, Media Studies, Inter-Cultural Communication and Destination Marketing. Kofi is a two-time CNN African Journalist Award winner and a Ghana Journalist Association Laureate. In 2017 he was voted Travel Writer of the Year by the Ghana Tourism Authority. He writes a weekly column ‘Going Places’, in The Mirror which focuses on cultural and tourism issues. He is a founding member of Ghana Cultural Forum and has participated in Xplore Frankfurt Rheinemann; Tallberg Forum, Sweden; World Travel Market, UK; KOFTA, South Korea; Berlin Art Festival; and the Dusseldorf Art Preview, Germany.
Kofi has authored six books, contributed three chapters to three other books and published journal articles. He has worked as a Facilitator at Research Dissemination workshops for Post-Doctoral/PhD students both at the School of Public Health, Legon (September 2015) and College of Health Sciences, KNUST (March 2016); to step-down and upload participant’s research findings across a spectrum of mass-media. Kofi Akpabli has served as a Distinguished Member on the Millennium Excellence Awards. His activism include assisting to mentor teenagers in writing at Albert & Comfort Ocran’s Springboard Programme. Kofi lives in a village outside Accra with his wife and little children.
Olivier van Beemen is a Dutch investigative journalist specialising in Africa. He is the author of the book, Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed. For this investigation, he won De Tegel, the most prestigious award in Dutch journalism, and got several nominations for other prizes. His work has been translated in English, French and (soon) Italian. He has presented his book in many different countries (including Australia, Nigeria and South Africa...) and at prestigious locations, such as the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal African Society in the UK, Sciences-Po in France and at a TEDx event in the Netherlands.
Ruby Yayra Goka is a dentist by day and an author by night. She is currently pursuing a fellowship in Endodontics at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Ruby has always loved stories and storytelling. She is a multiple winner of the Ghana edition of the CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature (having won seven times) which recognizes excellence in African writing. In 2017 her book The Step-monster, after winning the national prize in Ghana, went on to win the Honour Prize in the All-Star Edition of Burt Awards for African Literature. In the same year, she won the award in the Authorship and Creative Writing Category in the 40 under 40 Awards in Ghana. In 2018, her book To Kiss a Girl after being shortlisted for the national prize in Ghana went on to win the Honour Prize in the Grand Prize for finalists for Africa. Her books, In the Middle of Nowhere and A Gift for Fafa, won Honour Prizes in both the Professor Kofi Awoonor Literary Prize and the Efua Sutherland Children’s Story Book Prize respectively. Her book Mama’s Amazing Cover Cloth won an Honour Book Prize in the Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) in 2019.
She promotes reading and literacy by volunteering for school visits, children’s workshops, “meet-the-author-days” and when she serves as a judge for writing competitions. Ruby is committed to ensuring African children learn to develop the habit of reading for pleasure and to ensuring that books African children read reflect their experiences and environments; books that feature characters who are “just like them.” Ruby believes that the more African children see themselves reflected in the pages of books they read, the more they will realise they can be anything they want to be. For more of Ruby's books, please visit www.rubygoka.com.
Darkowaa is a book blogger, currently living where her heart feels most at home - Accra, Ghana. Five years ago she created the book blog - African Book Addict! where she reads and reviews books by Black writers (or writers of African descent in Africa and the diaspora).
Nathan Suhr-Sytsma is Associate Professor of English at Emory University, Atlanta, USA, where he regularly teaches courses in African literature, Irish literature, and poetry. He is the author of an academic book, Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which examines the literary politics and publishing history of Christopher Okigbo and his contemporaries. His most recent research and writing addresses literary prizes, literary publishing in Nigeria, and contemporary African poetry.
Selassie Mensah is a young lady passionate about causing change through literary skills, particularly, reading and writing. Her first novel was titled, The Broom. She also has a storybook for children called Reach for the Sun. She has written a lot of short stories for the Bubbles Magazine, which is a magazine by young writers and for children. She also has several stories, poems and articles on her blog, www.selassiespeaksblog.wordpress.com.
In 2010, Selassie won the Citi FM Write Away Contest and was honoured as the Youngest Achiever in 2012. She is extremely passionate about issues relating to literacy development, education, creativity, art, gender equality, public policies and societal change. She shares her passion for reading and writing through the establishment of book reading and writing clubs in various schools that mentor and nurture young writers and creatives who want their voices to be heard.
She has worked in several organizations namely Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, KNUST, Step Publishers, Citifm, etc. She currently works at MEST Africa and helps to run a publishing firm, Sedesel Publications to inspire young and new writers to create and impart the world with their words.
She has five books to her credit: The Broom, Reach for the Sun, Padiki, Camouflage and Bineti.
Selassie is inspired by what goes on around her and the stories she encounters in people every day. She expresses and changes perceptions using the power of the pen.
Nii Ayi Solomon lives in Accra, Ghana and is a published poet, creative entrepreneur, and a playwright. He uses his form of poetry and plays to tell the story of Africa, their exploits and what makes them unique. His poems have been published in web hosting literary magazines some of which include the U.K Poetry Library, Kalahari Review in Botswana, World Poetry Anthology, League of World Poets, just to mention a few. Some of his plays include "The Love of Mamavi", "Homeless", "The Barber and the Apprentice" and "Chains & Shackles".
Nii Ayi Solomon currently works at the University of Ghana Business School as a Teaching at the department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He is also the Creative Director at Village Minds Production a theatre company he founded in 2015. Since the establishment of Village Minds Production, Nii Ayi and his team has worked with photographers, graphic designers, set designers, make-up artists, costumiers just to mention a few.
Nii Ayi holds an Advance Certificate in Effective New Reportage from Central Press College, an HND in Tourism from the Cape Coast Technical University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) and has just completed his MPhil in Marketing at the same business school.
Boakyewaa Glover is a Ghanaian writer, entertainer and Organizational Psychologist. Boakyewaa wrote her first complete novel, Basic Reality during her first year at Wesley Girls’ High School. Basic Reality is a dramatic young adult book about twin sisters, who find their friendships, loves and bond as sisters threatened and changed over one summer. Throughout high school she was an active member of several clubs including, the Writers and Debaters Club (WDC), the Drama Club and the Social Club. By her final year, she was the President of the WDC, Vice President of the Drama Club and Secretary of the Social Club. She wrote, co-directed and acted in a number of plays for the Drama Club. During her time at Wesley Girls’ High School, she also wrote Crazy, Sexy, Cool – another coming of age young adult book.
After Wesley Girls’ High School, Boakyewaa wrote her third complete novel, Tendai. Tendairepresents her first foray into one of her favorite genres, science fiction. Tendai explores the repercussions of a biogenetic experiment gone wrong, when science is unwittingly pitted against Africa’s oldest and most powerful crafts, black magic. During this time, Boakyewaa also continued to explore her interest in public speaking and presenting. She worked as a TV Presenter/Journalist for Metro TV’s hit show, Smash TV. Smash TV, was and still is after 20 years, one of Ghana’s most popular entertainment shows. Boakyewaa was on the show for three years, co-presenting with former Groove FM presenter Vladimir Nettey and Eddy Blay.
During her undergrad years at the University of Ghana, Boakyewaa was the lead writer for GTV’s children show ‘S-Class’. She wrote 10 episodes before the show was canceled. After graduating from the University, she expanded her media role by joining TV3, one of Ghana’s largest television networks as a Newscaster/Broadcast Journalist. Boakyewaa was a familiar face on TV3 for two years before leaving to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology at NYU. Boakyewaa was a 2014 finalist for Africa’s Most Influential Women (organized by CEO Communications, South Africa) and a 2018 winner for Ghana’s 40 Under 40 Awards (Authorship & Creative Writing category).
Boakyewaa Glover has worked in the Corporate world for 15 years in the US and Ghana. In May 2018, she resigned from her job as a senior manager to focus on her writing full-time and grow her company, Minds on Fire Group – a publishing and entertainment hub for budding artists. Boakyewaa currently runs Minds on Fire Group (www.mindsonfiregroup.com) and curates an online lifestyle magazine (www.boakyewaaglover.com). She has three books published – Circles, Tendai, and The Justice, in addition to a plethora of articles, short stories, poems and novels. Commitment is her latest project with expected release in 2020.
Mrs Aba Brew-Hammond is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Publishing Studies KNUST teaching Authorship Development, Editing and Communication. She is interested in literacy development and has established Reading Clubs in some Public schools around the university. She is also the C.E.O of Hasford Publishers Ltd and a renowned author of children’s stories.
Mr Francis Nunoo is a professional Book Designer and Typesetter and Lecturer at the Department of Publishing Studies KNUST. His areas of research are Typography and Reading Analysis.
Golda Addo is a social, political, and policy reform activist with particular interest in community development, transformative strategies in governance and leadership, and in sustainable (environmentally friendly) initiatives. Aside having founded 1 NGO, a Limited Liability Company, several political initiatives, and platforms, she is also a consultant with niched expertise in Communications, Management, and Turn-around strategies in Monitoring & Knowledge Production & Management, and Turn-around strategies in Monitoring & Evaluation, Gender-based issues, and Policy. These are across various industries and sectors, and enable her bring deeply striking insight to many clients across various interests. She has over 11 years’ worth of experience in these fields, and is particularly vested in the welfare and interests of communities in the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions of Ghana where she also has several adopted mentees and villages. She also supports the urban poor and under-resourced wherever she is capable - all over Ghana.
Some of the entities and institutions she has consulted for and worked with include Office of the President of Ghana (for DfID), the World Bank (under IFC), DANIDA (Short-Term Technical Consultant), and many more. Her work and experience so far spans Ghana, Senegal, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, Benin, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire.
Golda was awarded a Future International Leader fellowship in 2015 by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom for being a promising and exemplary icon. Currently, she continues to consult on projects and is also working with local and Diasporean interest groups and Pan-African funders to bring viable alternatives tovarious sectors of the country.
“The depth of the tongue is the height of the mind”.
With keen interest in literary broadcasts like “By the fireside” and “Abibigor)mma” theatre productions on national television in the early nineties, Philip B oakye Dua Oyinka felt a strong connection to the spirit of the stage. Though a bit reserved and not so outspoken at the time, the little man had showed keen interest in reading and a love for language. He struck Greek mythology early, and by age eight (8), he had read most of Aesop’s fables, Beowulf, and among his favourite movies, were Joan of Arc and Macbeth. Though he did not understand them fully at the time, he appreciated the aesthetic value those timeless pieces presented, which were to shape his literary career later in life.
Moving to the historic twin towns of Cape Coast and Elmina saw him write his first poem, “Books” in 1999, after being asked by his headmistress to do so. He joined the drama club of his JHS and his journey to discover his literary prowess began. But more subtle was the influence of other programmes like Fritz Baffour’s “Sincerely Yours”, and more especially, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho’s “African Heritage Series”. Senior High School saw him pursue his love for the stage, as he joined the drama club and swept the top prize for Literature-in-English in his final year, doubling as Public Speaking and Debates Coordinator for the college.
Philip proceeded to the University of Ghana, where he had his dream come true, after being under the tutelage of his dream mentor, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho and emerging as one of the top five students for the Advanced Creative Writing Course, and one of the two with specific focus on poetry. Picking a name his late grandmother used to address him, Philip found Nana Asaase suitable for his in tense African style.
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, Philip 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), and is also the convener of the Sankofa Sessions, a Ghanaian Literary Series. As a public speaker, he has been part of conferences and presented papers. Notable among them were the African Developers Forum conference at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and the Faculty of Arts Annual lectures, University of Cape Coast. He has facilitated performances and worksh ops for New York University (NYU) Ghana campus, Goethe Institut Accra, Alliance Francaise D’Accra Department of African Studies, University of Ghana, The Creative Writing Academy Ghana, The Springboard Roadshow, Teenpreneurship, Creative Writing classes Department of English, University of Ghana. Nana Asaase was the performance Poet for Shakespeare at 400 celebrations held by the British Council Accra et al.
He has performed for several prominent audiences including heads of state, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, academics, TEDx Labone, entrepreneurs from across the globe. He seeks to be one of Africa’s greatest literary evidences to the world. He runs a blog: nanaasaase.blogspot.com and has an ant hology set to be published.
Nana Asaase is the CEO of Asaase Inscriptions, Ghana's First Literary Coaching Agency. He has been featured on CNN’s inside Africa and was recently appointed as a member of Ghana’s National Folklore Board.
Precious Bonsu is a educator, communications expert, publisher, author and entrepreneur. A former Miss Ghana finalist and host, Precious is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Treasure Kids Newspaper, a fun and vibrant print and online newspaper for young people and founder and principal of The WIT Schools.
Bonsu works as an author writing copy for media companies like television networks, and other clients, blogging and writing for children for over four years. In 2015, Bonsu graduated Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) having studied Publishing Studies.
Precious has written several books for children, including the Magic Tooth, Mushroom Cottage, Kiddies International Band, Adventures of Jojo (comic book), >Princess and the flute and others with four of them published on Amazon Kindle and Worldreader.
She is the founder and principal of The Wit Schools, the premier preschool and Afterschool learning center. Since 2018, her school has won her many endorsements and appraisals from parents and educators across the country including nomination at the 40 under 40 awards in 2017 and 2018 respectively under publishing and education.
Notable of her recent achievements is her recent partnership with Western Publications, publishers of Daily Guide Newspaper for her flagship monthly children's Publication, Treasure Kids Newspaper. To promote literacy nationwide, Bonsu launched the Sponsor a School (SAS) initiative to give all children regardless of their socioeconomic background access to quality education through reading.
Ancient, born West African International from the tribe of Yuda belonging to the ancient hour....
Believes in root African biblical (Hebrew) culture...
Ancient is a member of Ehalakasa.
Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta is the winner of two Lambda Literary Awards and an O. Henry Prize. Other honors include finalist selections for the International DUBLIN Literary Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award as well as the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She has been nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the NAACP Image Award in Fiction, and was named one of Granta’s six New Voices for 2012. In 2017, Okparanta was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists.
Chuma Nwokolo was born in Jos, Nigeria and graduated from the University of Nigeria following which he was called to the bar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1984.
He worked briefly for the Legal Aid Council and was managing partner of the C&G Chambers. He has convened legal and literary conferences, and was writer-in-residence of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and chair of Leys Newspapers, Oxford. Chuma has led creative writing seminars for Oxford Brookes University and Benue State University and delivered workshops at literary festivals.
Chuma Nwokolo is the publisher of African Writing magazine, and has several books to his credit, including two novels for young adults, The Extortionist and Dangerous Inheritance; the novel, Diaries of a Dead African, the novelised anthologies African Tales at Jailpoint and One More Tale for the Road; the collections of short stories The Ghost of Sani Abacha, How to Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories (Vol. 1 & 2) and a poetry collection, Memories of Stone. His story, Diaries of a Dead African, was chosen by La Internazionale as one of the 3 best stories worldwide in 2003. His work has been translated into Italian, Slovene and Slovak.
Chuma Nwokolo is is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, the Association of Nigerian Authors, and PEN, and is also the founder of the BribeCode, a nationwide campaign to eradicate corporate corruption by adopting the bill the Corporate Corruption Act, which he devised and presented to the National Assembly in 2015.
Read more about Chuma at www.nwokolo.com.
Elisabeth Efua Sutherland is an artist and cultural producer based in Accra, Ghana. She runs Terra Alta and is codirector/founder of the Accra Theatre Workshop.
The performance Dwennimmen uses text, movement and sounf to explore the balance bewteen humility and strength, after the eponymous adinkra symbol. "It is not the horns of the ram the enable it to be led to slaughter, but rather it's heart".
Dwennimmen runs at 7.30 PM from October 25th to 27th 2019 at Terra Alta.
Photo credit: Sena Asante
Creative Writer, poet and spoken word artiste. He is a teacher who is nurturing the talents of the younger ones...
Humankind is a member of Ehalakasa.
Katleho Kano Shoro is a performance poet, author of Serurubele (Modjaji Books 2017) and a freelance researcher who holds a Masters’ degree in Social Anthropology. She has performed in South Africa, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, USA and London as well as participated and facilitated in southern African literary festivals such as Intwasa Arts Festival (Zimbabwe), South African Book Fair (Johannesburg) and Open Book Festival (Cape Town). Most recently (2019), Shoro contributed to the girl-centred colouring book with poems, Colour Me Melanin. Shoro is the co-editor of The Spoken Word Project: Stories Travelling through Africa (2015) and her poetry has been published in journals internationally. Her work in the arts extends to research, facilitating workshops and managing projects. Currently, Shoro is teaching poetry and applied drama at high school-level and serves as a core member of the NRF-funded project: South African Poetry Project (ZAPP). Occasionally, Shoro guest lectures with a focus on African Anthropologies, and the relationships between knowledge production and African arts.
Natty Ogli is a Ghanaian wordsmith using his gift as a reformative tool to contribute to positive change. Natty is a multi-talented artiste, instrumentatlist, rapper and reggae/dance hall mucician. As a member of Ehalaksa, his unique approach to Spoken Word poetry exemplifies the tenacious pursuit of righteousness and truth.
Natty is a member of Ehalakasa.
Adelaide Awo Darkoa Asiedu has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She joined the Flash Fiction Ghana (www.flashfictionghana.com) team in 2014 as an editor and review writer. She is one of three editors who curated the Flash Fiction Ghana maiden anthology, Kenkey for Ewes and Other Very Short Stories (DAkpabli, 2018), as well as one of the 25 contributing writers.
She writes fiction and occasionally dabbles in poetry.
Elikplim Akorli lives and works in Accra. As a writer, he has published two poetry anthologies. His most recent work, Purple Harmattan poetry anthology presents poems in both English and the Eʋe language.
He believes Ghanaians are losing a hold of their good cultural identity and language (the medium through which culture is kept and transferred and an important contribution by our great forebears) to quickly or easily surrender to the forces of universalism. He believes this as Ghanaians easily submit to foreign culture and because of this there is the need to give proper attention in order to sustain the Ghanaian, African, and Negro continuity. In his own words, "That being the case, language is what our brothers and sisters would fall back on should they indeed return home, in order to receive a proper heartfelt welcome, healing and transformation".
Elikplim uses writing as his first tool to process information, and taps into reality to communicate his convictions of what life means to him through his own experience. He's an active force on Accra's art scene as a poet (spoken word artist), and performer.
He has a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Cape Coast and an MBA in Human Resources from the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration.
Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey is an award-winning Ghanaian Poet, Writer and Author, Literary Critic, Media Practitioner, Activist and Versatile Creative of Ga-Daŋme and Ewe ancestry.
As the author of The Matriarch’s Verse, her work is noted for its rare narrative, prosaic nature, which is uncommon, in poetry. She has also been commended for the sharp, vivid imagery of her pieces.
She has been featured on two Tedx platforms and has also been at speaker at Re:publica, the largest conference on Internet and digital society in Europe. Her performances are varied, animated; you can expect to see Apiorkor inject life into her poems, with Classical, Afro-pop, Reggae and Rock music forms, Contemporary Dance and alternative Art. Apiorkor causes quite a stir, because the poetess chooses to read/recite her pieces on stage, rather than delivering them off memory.
When she’s not creating literary orgasms, Apiorkor is most likely designing content, producing (or hosting) award-winning shows on Accra-based Citi 97.3 FM and Citi TV. As a seasoned Media Practitioner, she is also a copywriter, a voice over artist, an Events MC/ Moderator and an advertising concept designer.
Additionally, her work at Citi FM and Citi TV, as an activist for Literacy & Numeracy, Arts & Culture and Socio-economic development has been well received. Furthermore, Apiorkor is known for her use of New Media forms, in disseminating her Poetry and for the purposes of Activism/ Social Commentary.
As a Literature scholar, she might also be mentoring and teaching or lecturing young Ghanaians, focusing on anything from Literature, to social issues, to writing skills, to love and relationships, to career guidance. Editing and crafting pyramids of meaningful words tend to keep her occupied, as well.
Asiedu is the author of Becoming and Other Stories, and has contributed to two anthologies. He was born in Ghana, but raised in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Ghana. He currently lives in Accra.
Kwesi Woode was born at the dawn of one decade, and the dusk of another. His writing interests are science fiction, speculative fiction, urban fantasy, and horror. He has, however, been known to dabble in the occasional rom-com.
Kwesi’s first web novel, an urban fantasy piece, The Rising, was featured on wattpad.com in 2015. In 2016, he contributed to the 16th Edition of science fiction e-zine, Tevun-Krus with the short story Dear John, (also on wattpad.com). In 2018, his afro-futurism short story, Don’t Wake me Up, made it into the Aidoo Centre anthology, Adabraka: Stories from the Centre of the World.
His passions, beyond writing, include his day job, food, and sleeping. When he isn’t writing, he’s probably doing other stuff.
Rodney Assan is a student and the co-author of Made In Ghana, an anthology comprising 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.
He plans on using Made In Ghana, his debut book project, as a way of infecting people with his love for reading and writing to turn Ghana into a reading country, one book at a time.
Rodney lives and schools in Ghana, Accra.
Roxanne is the Library manager of E-ananse library, AMA complex.
She holds a degree in French and Spanish from the University of Ghana Legon. She's a presenter and event curator who loves to read and travel.She believes literature is the custodian of our identities and heritage and is very passionate about all that project our culture through literature.
Sara Abassbhay is an amateur writer exploring the world of literary expression.
Sara is also world traveller and creative healer with work experience from North America, Asia and Africa. She is currently based in Accra where she works as a Physiotherapist.
Antony ‘Fui’ Can-Tamakloe has been writing stories for a little over fifteen years, and prefers to write from the perspective of the everyday Ghanaian. Occasionally, he writes these stories in Ghanaian pidgin. In 2017, he self-published Made in Ghana: A Collection of Short Stories with co-author Rodney Assan. His aim is to write stories that impact Ghanaian culture and society by creating awareness on things that need to be changed.
Kinna Likimani is a Director of Special Programs and M&E at Odekro, a Parliamentary monitoring organization that works to promote transparency, effective representation and accountability of Ghana’s Parliament. She is also a board member of Mbaasem Foundation. Mbaasem supports the development and sustainability of Ghanaian and African women writers and their creative output.
Kinna is a feminist and is a member of the Women’s Manifesto Coalition. She is a literary and literacy activist. Her literary blog Kinna Reads, is one of the go-to locations online for dialogue on African literature. In 2012, she began an online based literacy challenge - the Africa Reading Challenge - which encourages participants to read, discover and discuss African literature for one year. In 2018, she founded and launched Nsona Books which publishes fiction by emerging and established writers in Ghana.
In election years, Kinna leads Ghana Decides – A BloggingGhana Elections Project, which aims to encourage informed youth participation in the Ghana’s elections. Prior to her move back home, Kinna worked at the Department of Medical Informatics at Columbia University for 10 years, where she worked on technology transfer of research from higher education to the private sector.
She and her brood of boys live in Lashibi.