March 13, 2017 is Prof. Kofi Awoonor’s birthday, and will be commemorated starting from this year with a special event organized by the Association of Students of English, Legon (of the University of Ghana) and Values For Life (Organizer of the Ghana Poetry Festival) every year.
This year’s edition marking his 82nd birthday will host astute poets and poetry/literature lovers with readings/performances of poetry. Such personalities include Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Prof. Lade Wosornu, Dr. Mawuli Adzei, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Martin Egbloegbe and some of the ‘infant corns’ as Oswald Okaitei, Chieff Moomen, Adjei Agyei Baah, Afia Nyamekye, Senam among others.
Prof. Awoonor’s contribution towards the growth of poetry, literature and Creative arts in Ghana is one that cannot be swept under the carpet. It is in light of this impeccable role that ASEL and VFL have instituted the event, THE AWOONOR WAVELET, to mark his birthday annually.
THE AWOONOR WAVELET, generally designed to promote Prof. Kofi Awoonor’s dream for the Creative Arts industry in Ghana, will this year—his 82nd Birthday—start with poetry readings & performances spiced with music and dance, an interactive session about him with regards to what he dreamt of the Ghanaian creative community, discussion of some of his poetry works and brief tributes for him. There will also be a special segment where balloons will be blasted and numbers in each and corresponding to one of his poems listed for the day will be read.
The event is scheduled to start at 6pm prompt at the English Department, University of Ghana and promises to be a start of a beautiful journey into the heart of Prof. Kofi Awoonor. Admission is free.
September 21 this year marks four years since Ghana’s astute author and poet—Prof. Kofi Awoonor— was killed by the Al-Shabaab terrorists in 2013 during the Westgate Mall crisis in Nairobi, Kenya. This was when he was due to deliver a lecture at Africa’s biggest Literary Festival, STORYMOJA, in the country.
Supporters of this year’s event include Graphic Showbiz, Insight Newspaper, Pan-African Tv, Play House.kom, Kasapa fm, News Ghana, Writers Project of Ghana, Citi fm, Myghanalinks and GBC 24.