The 2nd edition of Ghana Reading Festival is set to take place on Friday, 13 December 2019 at 10:00 am. The festival which is designed to open the Bureau of Ghana Languages’ Library will also unveil a book of poems by Prof. Lade Wosornu translated by the Bureau into 15 Ghanaian langugaes.

It will also host conversations, workshops, dramatic reading, Read To Play and exhibition/sales of works in the Ghanaian languages among other things.

Dignitaries that shall attend the festival include Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi (Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture) who will be the Special Guest of Honour and Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng (former President of Ghana Association of Writers, former Chairman of the National Media Commission of Ghana and currently, Chairman of Pan-African Writers Association Steering Committee) as Chairperson.

Others are Hon. Iddi Ziblim (Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture), Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo (UNESCO Rep in Ghana), Mr. Ernest Boateng (Board Chairman for the Bureau of Ghana Languages), Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Prof. Lade Wosornu, Dr. Clement Kwamina Appah, Mrs. Korantemaa Adi-Dako among others. These dignitaries are expected to either read and/or participate in a conversation on the theme of the festival “Indigenous Language, a tool for National Development”.

The Ghana Reading Festival is dedicated to the promotion of reading in the Ghanaian languages among Ghanaians and interested foreigners.

Therefore, as it was at the last edition, one of the focal points of the workshops would be to allow Language experts/specialists take participants through the fundamentals in reading in the Ghanaian languages.

Participating schools for this edition include Dunamis Academy, Last Chance Academy, Presec-Osu, Accra High School, Jack & Jill School, Accra Girls SHS, Osu Salem SHS, Alko International School and others. Participation is free and everyone is encouraged to partake.

Supporters for this all-important literary event include Yumvita, Pan-African Tv, GBC News, Radio Univers, Play House.kom, Kiddie ESports, Ghana Reads Initiative, New Publisher Newspaper, Insight Newspaper, Kasapafmonline, and Happyfmonline. For further information, one can contact +233 244 174 908 or +233 571 174 908.

The Ghana Reading Festival is organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture by the Bureau of Ghana Languages and will take place at the Bureau’s premises behind the 37 Military Hospital, Kawukudi.

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