When the language of a society dies, the society certainly ceases to exist. It is in light of this that the Bureau of Ghana Languages has instituted an annual reading festival, “Ghana Reading Festival”, dedicated towards creating an avenue to promote literary works written in Ghanaian languages and consequently promoting the use of the languages in our daily Ghanaian lives.
The festival will comprise activities as “‘Read In Your Mother Tongue’ Workshops”, “Reading Carnival”, “Conversations with Authors” (who have works in Ghanaian languages), Dramatic Reading with a special feature by Oswald & the Play House Folks, Exhibition & Sales of Books written in Ghanaian Mother Languages and Pick, Read & Win Contest and Mother Tongue Poetry Reading Evening.
It will also honour some personalities like Dr. Osei Kwame Despite (CEO of Despite Group of Companies), Ataa Oko Dgagadu, (formerly of Obonu Fm) for their respective roles in making Akan & Ga languages prominent on airwaves, and some authors of the Bureau of Ghana Languages who have written books that are widely used in the Ghanaian Education Circles and Prof. Kofi Agyekum.
The festival (maiden edition) designed to be a family one will have the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture—Dr. Iddi Ziblim—Special Guest of Honour, Mayor of Accra—Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah—Chairperson, Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng—President, Ghana Association of Writers &Chairman, National Media Commission—Keynote Speaker, and other invited societal icons as well as persons in reputable professions to read in their respective mother languages.
Entrance is free.