Ghana Reads! 2018 has been successfully launched. The slogan for this edition is “Ghana, Let’s Read!”.

Yesterday, the old adage that “To hide something from a Blackman, put in a book” was set for burial at the Community Youth Cultural Centre (CYCC) as societal icons and over two hundred students from the Mamobi community and beyond gathered to launch the maiden edition of “GHANA READS”, a Reading initiative by Ghana Reads Initiative (and a project of the Pan African Poet/ Spoken word Artiste of 2016—Oswald Okaitei).

The project themed “To inform the Blackman, put it in a book” is a community based one set to honour individuals & institutions who support fiction literature reading in Ghana, on every 23rd April (World Book Copyright Day) at the British Council, organise reading clinics/workshops in the communities (Mamobi, Jamestown & Chorkor for the maiden edition) and then host intra & inter communities Reading Competitions.

Ghana Reads! 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, teach the skills & importance of reading. By this, resource personnel, authors and publishers as well as Societal icons as renowned musicians, actors, politicians, footballers, journalists, radio/tv presenters among others, according to Oswald who is the Project Director, will be involved in the workshops/clinics and Community Reading and ‘Read Alouds’.

Ghana Reads!, according to Oswald during the launch, involves every individual or institution in Ghana. He mentioned that individuals and institutions are encouraged to be part of the project by purchasing Ghana Fiction Literature from selected publishing companies ( who have track records of publishing good literature materials and accepted to reduce prices of their books in the interest of the Ghana Reads! project). Adwinsa Publications (Gh) Ltd, which is the major Sponsor of the project is the first in this regard.

Present at the launch was the Chairperson for this year’s edition, Mr. George Asare Palmer (President of the Palmer Companies in Ghana) who promised his and his companies’ support for the project, Dr. Gheysika Agambila (former Minister of State, a Ghanaian author and Vice President of the Ghana Association of Writers) as Guest Speaker, Naana Kubukuor Dagojo Dumaaley I (Paramount Queen of Ada Traditional Area), Sarki Salis Maud (Chief of the Zongo Community) as Special Guest of Honour, Mr. Oppong (CEO of Adwinsa Publications (Gh) Ltd), Haajia Akosua Abdallah (Director of CYCC and ace Ghanaian actress) and Miss Acolatse (Host of Women’s Voice on GBC 24).

There were readings by the famous Ghanaian reading activist, author and travelling journalist, Kofi Akpabli, by students from invited communities and a Dramatic Reading of TALATA published by Adwinsa Publications (Gh) Ltd by Oswald & his Traditional Band. The Master of Ceremony for the event was Abdul Hayi Moomen, anchor of GTV/GBC 24 and host of “MOOMEN TONIGHT” on GBC 24.

For more engagement on this project one can contact +233 571 174 908.