‘One Village, One Library’.

…… Dr. G. Koryoe Anim – Wright proposes at GAWBOFEST.

The president of the African University College of Communications (AUCC), Dr. G. Koryoe Anim – Wright, has advised the executive body and stakeholders of the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW), to take up the challenge of initiating a campaign for the construction of a library in every village in Ghana. She said this will promote reading among Ghanaians and enhance their ability to think critically thereby transforming them from mere ‘information absorbers’ to ‘information producers’. She stated this in her address as the guest speaker at the Ghana Association of Writers Book Festival (GAWBOFEST) 2017 in Accra last month.

Dr. Koryoe emphasized that reading has a relationship with good governance. “Reading allows us to be better equipped for the citizenship role we all must play. It provides us with the information and knowledge we need to make us better readers, writers, leaders, communicators, scholars and many more” she explained. Furthermore, Dr. Koryoe highlighted the benefits of a nation that reads saying “reading, expanding our knowledge, growing intellectually, will empower us to participate more actively in our democracy and strengthen our country. By reading and developing these benefits, we become competent and responsible citizens, more critical in our thinking”.

In attendance were Alfonso Jose Orduz Trujillo, Counsellor of Foreign Affairs (Embassy of Colombia (Gh), Abla Dzifa Gomashie – Ex- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Culture and Arts (Gh)., Nana K. Gyan-Apenteng – President of GAW, Dr. Gheysika Agambila, Vice President of GAW, Nanabanyin Dadson – former editor (Graphic Showbiz), Mike Amon – Kwafo – former Director of Television at Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy and other renowned personalities.

The event lasted from 8am till 5pm and was inundated by poetry performances from African poets, dance choreographies and musical interludes. Exhibition stands were also mounted with books from a variety of authors. Some authors at the event took turns, on stage, in reading from some of the books, interesting verses to the audience giving them insight to some of their works and literary pieces that were on sale.

GAWBOFEST is an initiative of the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) and aims at selling the works of writers in Ghana, exposing them and also building a network of stakeholders in the Ghanaian writing and publishing industry. The event is open to all at no charge.

By Jerry Wonder

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