An Intergenerational Celebration of the Legacy of Ama Ata Aidoo
The AKO Caine Prize for African writing holds Writing Workshops as part of programmes leading to the award of the yearly prize for African writing. This year, one of the workshops is being held in Elmina, Ghana, with writers from Ghana and the West African sub-region.
The AKO Caine Prize is collaborating with the Writers Project of Ghana to present an evening of readings and conversation reflecting on the indomitable legacy of Ama Ata Aidoo as a writer, playwright, poet, and scholar. The evening will feature readings from novelist Bisi Adjapon, poet Ama Asantewa Diaka, and two writers selected from the AKO Caine Prize Workshops. The event will be moderated by Dagny Asase.
Ama Ata Aidoo will be in attendance.
Bisi Adjapon is the author of The Teller of Secrets, a Washington Post/Essence/Globe and Mail top 20 novel published in November 2021 by HarperCollins. The short story version, Of Women and Frogs, was nominated for the Caine Prize. Her second novel, Daughter in Exile, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in March 2023. She has written for and been featured in many publications including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Washington Post, Ms Magazine, Aljazeera, New York Times and Washington Times. She founded and ran the Young Shakespeare company for four years in America, and, as an International Affairs Specialist for the US Foreign Service, she won the Civil Rights Award for Human Relations. As an educator, she won an Excellence in Teaching award and is a member of The Who is Who of the best teachers in America. She divides her time between Ghana and America.
Ama Asantewa Diaka is a storyteller who is committed to community. She is the founder of Tampered Press, a literary and arts journal for Ghanaians and Africans, and Black Girls Glow, a feminist nonprofit that fosters collaboration among black women creatives. She is the author of you too will know me and Woman, Eat Me Whole.
Dagny Asase (creatively known as Dagny Zenovia) puts the vibe in vibranium. With a background in journalism, law, and digital content creation, her published multi-media works focus on topics ranging from self-development, advocacy, and a holistic lifestyle. Currently, she is a time traveler at Bandele Muse, an inner-galactic African life and style experience providing exquisite style, magical stories, and a wholesome community. When she is not working or creating, she enjoys indulging in her love for Afrofuturism and freedom.
This event is open to the public.
Venue: Omanye Aba Hall, AMA Headquarters, Accra.
Google Address Link: HQ2W+9HV, Accra
Date: Thursday 28th April, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Online: IG (@writersPG) / FB (Writers Project of Ghana) / Youtube
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