The host of The StandPoint on GTV, Gifty Anti,Bernard Koku Avle of the Citi Breakfast Show and Dan Kweku Yeboah of Peace FM’s Sports, have been awarded the Reading Promoters Award for their contributions toward Ghana’s literary industry.The award took place at the launch of the 2018 Accra International Book Festival (AIBF) held at the Institute of African Studies last Tuesday.
The AIBF’s Reading Promoters Award honours individuals and corporate institutions who are promoting reading and writing in Ghana.Out of 54 individuals and institutions nominated for this year’s Award, only three people made it to the top list based on the nature of their work and the impact.
Miss Anti has touched many lives and continues to do so through her educational projects which aim at getting girls from deprived homes to go to school as well as bringing back the reading culture of Ghanaians. Similarly, Mr Avle has been instrumental in efforts to inject life into Ghana’s literature and make it one of the best in the world by giving voice to many young and upcoming writers, poets and musicians, without which they would continue to remain in the shadows.Dan Kweku Yeboah, on the other hand, is helping to promote sports education across the country.His book ‘Coachhene, Football Gift to Mother Ghana’ helps to immortalize late former coach of the Black Stars, Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie.
The Accra International Book Festival was established to build not only a community of readers but also writers, AIBF West Africa Coordinator, Kwabena Brakopowers said.“Our core objective is to build self-consciousness among Ghanaians about their culture and to turn them into ambassadors of same abroad,” he said.
The launch of this year’s festival was attended by key personalities such as Lancaster University Ghana Provost Professor Anthony Jarvis, writer and human activists, Esi Sutherland-Addy, Nana Ansah Kwao IV, and Oheneyere Gifty Anti.Other guests included Ghana Book Trust Executive Director, Genevieve Eba-Polley, students of Awutu-Winton SHS in the Central Region and some writers.
The partners for the 2018 festival are Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies (IAS) and the Tourism Ministry.Busy Ghana is the Internet Sponsor of the event.
To these great minds, we say AYEKOO!
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