Poetry Time at Goethe Abansuro with Ayi Renaud Dossavi, Danielle Eyango and Agana-Nsiire Agana

Poetry Time at Goethe Abansuro with Ayi Renaud Dossavi, Danielle Eyango and Agana-Nsiire Agana

Poetry Time at Goethe-Abansuro this June will feature Togoloese poet Ayi Renaud Dossavi with Danielle Eyango (Cameroon) and Agana-Nsiire Agana (Ghana). Brought to you by Writers Project of Ghana and Goethe-Institut Ghana, this event will be held at the Goethe-Institut in Accra on Wednesday, 9th June 2021 at 7 PM. You are welcome to attend the event in person.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi is a writer, business journalist and blogger from Togo. Author of poetry, short stories and essays, his collection of poems "Chants de sable" won the famous literary prize  "France Togo" in 2018, a year in which he also obtained first prize in the writing competition "Africa of my dreams" of the African Development Bank (AfDB). In 2020, he was nationally distinguished in his country, and raised to the rank “Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” (Officer of the National Order of Merit) for his actions in literature nationwide and abroad. This young author is currently secretary-general of the association of writers and people of letters PEN-Togo, where he promotes writing and freedom of expression, especially among the younger generation.

Danielle Eyango is a Cameroonian writer and Human Resources Executive, and author of two books, the second of which is "Le Parfum de ma mère", a collection of 17 poems, all illustrated by Cameroonian painters. The main poem that gave its name to the whole collection won a prize in an African Francophone poetry competition in 2020: AfricaPoesie. Between 2012 and 2020, Danielle established the Kotto Bass Foundation, that cares for disabled kids from poor families, their health, their education and even professional integration.

Agana-Nsiire Agana is a writer, theologian, and social activist from Ghana. Agana has been active in Ghana’s literary scene since 2004 when he began performing his poetry on radio and online. His poem "A Bird in Me Heart" has been reviewed for Ghana Literary Week and in 2017 his short story "The Message" was published in The Wrong Quarterly. In 2018, he authored and self-published Master the Pidgin, an Elementary Grammar of Ghanaian Pidgin English. In 2020, he was nominated for a Millennium Excellence Award for his "contribution to Ghana’s socio-economic and political development through English Literature and Poetry." Agana’s poetry and short stories draw on an eclectic educational background spanning biology, software, business, and theology --- as well as a keen interest in history and philosophy --- to explore the themes of identity, personhood, and the quest for meaning in a rapidly changing world. These themes also underlie his current research at the University of Edinburgh, where he currently studies youth digital cultures as a PhD student in World Christianity. In his spare time, Agana is an avid birdwatcher and nature photographer.

Do join us for this reading and discussion via any of the means provided below. You are welcome to attend in person.

Date: Wednesday, 9th June, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM - 8.00 PM

Online: IG (@writersPG) / FB (Writers Project of Ghana) / Youtube (@WPGTV)

Zoom: Meeting-ID: 874 2368 4427 Passcode: 3zsNs9

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