An Evening with Ama Dadson, CEO, Akoobooks Audio

An Evening with Ama Dadson, CEO, Akoobooks Audio

For May 2024, Writers Project of Ghana and Goethe-Institut Ghana will dedicate the monthly reading session to a discussion on audio books.

We are excited to present a conversation with Ama Dadson, founder and CEO of Akoobooks Audio, the trailblazers in digital audio books in West Africa. Akoobooks is a Ghanaian tech startup and the conversation will touch on the evolution, current state, and prospects for audio books in Ghana. There will also be a sampling of selected audio books. This event is open to the public and will take place at Goethe-Institut, Cantonments.

Ama Dadson is West Africa’s digital reading pioneer. Her audiobook startup, AkooBooks Audio, was founded in 2017 in Ghana, when inspired by her mother, a children's book author who lost her sight, she started to create accessible African audiobooks for blind and visually impaired persons.

Akoobooks Audio has carved out a niche for itself in the global audiobook market with its focus on Black/African literature, bringing the African publishing industry into sync with the front-runners in the global book markets. New developments with audio, ML/AI/ speech-to-language translations mean that AkooBooks is at the centre of the digital book industry, doing for books what Netflix and Spotify are doing for movies and music.

Prior to devoting her fulltime to AkooBooks Audio, Ama worked at the University of Ghana for over 17 years in several capacities including Deputy Director of IT Services. Ama also previously worked for UNEP DTIE, where she advised on matters related to ICT and e-sustainability and assisted with UNEP industry outreach activities, in particular those related to the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS).

In October 2023, she was one of ten laureates of the AFD (Agence Française de Développement) Digital Challenge 6. In September 2023, she was appointed to the Royal Society Africa, UK Education Advisory Board.

See you at Goethe-Institut for the conversation with Ama Dadson. This is a great opportunity to understand how audio books work, and learn about the titles that are available from Akoobooks.

Admittance is free and all are welcome to attend.

Date: Wednesday, 29th May 2024.
Time: 7:00 PM - 8.00 PM

Venue: Goethe-Institut, 30 Kakramadu Road, East Cantonments, Accra.

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