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Writing African stories, young African writers and the Baobab prize

Posted by abocco on Wed, 07/15/2009 - 09:02 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Deborah Ahenkorah sent some info about Baobab Prize 2009 out recently and it has inspired me to write about African writers and African stories. Growing up, my favorite novels to read were the JAWS (Junior African Writers Series) books as well as those from AWS (African Writers Series). I used to be really intrigued by them and this followed into my love for books like Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe), Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) and Our Sister Killjoy (Ama Ata Aidoo). Many of the famous African novelists are still writing but a whole new generation of writers are starting to join the gang and the Baobab Prize is encouraging that. Maybe, I'll also write a novel soon, who knows.

Anansesem - the culture of storytelling

Posted by abocco on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 07:57 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

One of the Ghanaian TV shows I truly miss is 'By the fireside'. This show consisted of popular actors like Maame Dokono (Grace Omaboe), Wofa Yaw, Dr. Rokoto and others telling Ananse and folktale stories which were acted out by enthusiastic children with singing and dancing. I never got the chance to act in any of these 'By the firesides' but at one point in my life, I never missed an episode. As I grew older, I wasn't too excited to watch the show, maybe because I felt I was growing out of the 'storytelling audience bracket'. However, after listening to Pope Skinnie's Anansesem and admiring the storytelling prowess of Okomfour Kwaadee time and time again, I really miss the show and would absolutely love an Ananse story by the fire side on a quiet evening in some random Ghanaian village. And in Twi, of course.