On 23rd April, the second phase of “GHANA READS!” was held at the British Council. Dubbed “Ghana Reads! Reading Soiree & Honours”, the event marked the 2018 World Book Day in Ghana and was a mini festival of reading, showcase of books, reading workshops and honouring of individuals & institutions. who At the event, the Mayor of Accra and the CEO of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Hon. Mohammed Adjei-Sowah who was the Special Guest of Honour and the Chairperson of the day, Nii Kinka Dawuona VI (Paramount Chief of Osu Traditional Area & President of the Greater Accra Region House of Chiefs) and the Wife of the former Vice President of Ghana, Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur, led the reading ‘soiree’. Also to join the reading spree were the former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts (Hon. Abla Dzifa Gomashie) children from the Achievers Ghana (from Mamobi-Nima) and DUNK Library in Jamestown.
As part of the event, there was a Reading Chain—a random reading activity led by Miss Lizzy of Writers Project, A Reading Conversation with Prof. Lade Wosornu and then honouring of individuals and institutions who have contributed in the reading campaign in Ghana. Among them were HE Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Nii Kinka Dawuona VI, Hon. Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Naana Dumaaley VI, Nana Afia Siraa-Ababio III, Writers Project of Ghana, Achievers Ghana, Korle Gonno Library, Ghandour Cosmetics, Citi fm and Class Fm.
During the event books were purchased by the Honourable Mayor of Accra, former Deputy Minister of Toursism, Paramount Chief of Osu, Paramount Queen of Ada Traditional Area among others to support the project.
The event was successful as organisation from start to end ran swiftly under the crafty control of the Master of Ceremony, Abdul Hayi-Moomen of GBC/GTV. Open Address was by the President of Ghana Books Publishers Association, Mr. Eliotte Agyare.
“GHANA READS!”, a Reading initiative by Ghana Reads Initiative (and a project of the Pan African Poet/ Spoken word Artiste of 2016—Oswald Okaitei) is a literary initiative geared at encouraging Ghanaians, especially children & youth, to love reading fiction literature, promote the reading of Ghanaian fiction literature, bridge the gap between readers and authors/publishers and teach the skills & importance of reading. During the Exposition of Modality of the project, the Project Director, Oswald Okaitei, who said “Ghana Reads!” is using the second agent of socialisation—Peers—as a tool for promoting reading, called on individuals and organisations to support by purchasing selected books for the communal workshops in Jamestown, Osu, Mamobi-Nima and Chorkor/Korle Gonno communities by contacting Adwinsa Publications (Gh) Ltd (+233 242 366 537).
Major sponsor of the project is Adwinsa Publications (Gh) Ltd and media supporters include Metro Tv, Insight Newspaper, Ghanaian Times and Pan African Tv.