The Ghana Reads Initiative is set to mark its 5th anniversary with one of the biggest book/reading carnival in Accra dubbed “Kanemɔ” on UNESCO World Book Day.
About five years ago, a carefully planned journey began towards disproving the misconception that Africans do not like reading. Christened “Ghana Reads”, it has evolved to be one of the formidable ‘literary activism vehicles’ in Accra (inner cities and Zongo communities). The project is also ready to touch base with other regions in Ghana.
Outdoored on 23 April 2017, the initiative is now a registered literary organization. “Kanemɔ” is a Ga word that translates into “Read”.
This event has been put together to bring readers and books together for the purpose of learning.
According to Oswald Okaitei, the Executive Director of Ghana Reads Initiative, there are well-planned activities to excite participants to love books and reading.
The young Ghanaian poets/spoken word artist who has won himself international recognition said “Blast a balloon and read!”; “Dramatic Reading”; “Read to play (a video game)”; “DigiRead”; “Read & Bounce!”; and “Read Aloud!” are some of the exciting activities that have been lined up.
He again mentioned that there would be exhibitions and sales of books of different genres at the event and at discounted prices to enable interested buyers to purchase them. He was emphatic that the books would be mainly books produced in Ghana and would include poetry and drama.
“Kanemɔ” is slated for Saturday, April 23, 2022, at the Dunk Library (GAMADA), Jamestown-Accra from 12:00 noon.
Adwinsa Publications Gh Limited is a partner and Yumvita Ghana, is a sponsor. The guest of honour for the occasion would be Mr. Abdourahamnne Diallo, the Country Representative of UNESCO Accra. Participation is free.
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