Prize Launch - "The Abena Korantemaa Oral History Prize"


1.50 PM - 2.15 PM, Saturday 21st October. Venue: Foyer. Launch of "The Abena Korantemaa Oral History Prize".

The Abena Korantemaa Prize for Oral History is an annual award for Oral History by emerging African writers and storytellers resident in Ghana. The prize aims to celebrate storytelling through oral means and encouraging the recognition of the oral tradition as history.

About the Prize: This prize was established by the family of Abena Korantemaa, and is sponsored by MAKEDA PR and Sankofa Girl, an initiative of Nana Malone, a USA Today bestselling romance writer, and administered by the Writers Project of Ghana.

About Abena Korantemaa: Abena Korantemaaa, popularly known as ‘Maa Fri’, is over 100 years old. She has worked variously as a trader, and became recognized as ‘the queen of the onion traders’ in Nkawkaw, the Eastern Region of Ghana. To date she still performs this leadership role, advising various market women, and resolving any disputes. Maa Fri is regarded as the matriarch of her family clan. She has passed down the history of her ancestors in written, audio and video form. This prize is instituted in her name to recognize those women who through oral traditions preserve knowledge, passing it on from generation to generation.