After a highly successful book reading event recently held at the cosy JamRock Restaurant, Accra, authors Kofi Akpabli and Nana Awere Damoah head to Kumasi to continue with their public reading campaign on Saturday September 24 2016.  The event is scheduled for 5:30 pm at Kumapley Hall, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

albananakofiDubbed ‘’Romancing Oseikrom Sebitically,’’ it offers a lively evening of literary pleasure and though-provoking discussions on Ghanaian contemporary life. Patrons from within and outside KNUST campus are expected to be charmed and enthralled by excerpts from books such as Sebitically Speaking, Romancing Ghanaland, Tickling the Ghanaian and I Speak of Ghana.

 This is the first time the duo is performing outside Ghana’s capital and the Kumasi session is set to snowball into future readings in the other regions. For the second time running, the reading pair are featuring Alba Sumprim, author of The Imported Ghanaian and A Place of Beautiful Nonsesense as their Guest Reader. Alba’s sensational outing at the Accra event is still talk of the town.

While the Jamrock event scored very high in the number of high society patrons which included Deputy Minister of Tourism Dzifa Gomashie, PPP running mate, Bridget Dzorgbenuku, Prof. Adams Bodomo, Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, and Eugenia Tachie-Menson, the Kumasi event is expected to record the largest audience ever at any book reading in Ghana.

‘‘As intellectual entertainers, we have been receiving requests to come out of Accra. We cannot continue not to serve other regions. We have to do this, and Oseikrom is deserving of this historical first’’, said Kofi Akpabli, communication lecturer and CNN Award winning journalist.

Under their Dakpabli Readathon, the campaign by the two authors to promote reading for pleasure among Ghanaians started in 2011. With 10 books between them, the two writers continue on their mission to make reading hip again, and to take writing and reading to the level of pop culture.

‘We believe that reading should be done for pleasure as well, and not only for exams and industry. By doing this we also aim to diversify the social offerings currently available on our entertainment scene”, stated Nana Damoah who is also a chemical Engineer and an alumnus of KNUST College of Engineering.

In their readings so far, the two have received sponsorship from THREADEX, WearGhana, Norte Sobolo, AJ’s Housekeeping Services, Lincacar, WatsupTek, hyperActive and MTN, the latest sponsor, who streamed the JamRock event live.

About the Authors

Kofi Akpabli is a media consultant and travel writer whose latest work has been published in a new Commonwealth Non-Fiction Anthology launched in the UK in May 2016.  He is a two-time winner of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist for Arts and Culture. Kofi has also won GJA and National awards in Culture and Tourism. He writes a travel column Going Places in The Mirror newspaper, published weekly in Accra.

Amongst his books are: Harmattan – a Cultural Profile of Northern GhanaRomancing Ghanaland: the Beauty of Ten RegionsA Sense of Savannah – Tales of a Friendly Walk through Northern Ghana, and Tickling the Ghanaian – Encounters with Contemporary Culture. Kofi is a member of Faculty, Central University. His scholarly interests include the research and dissemination of key values of African culture. Kofi Akpabli lives at a village near Accra with his wife and children.

Nana Awere Damoah holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). A British Council Chevening alumnus, Nana works in Nigeria as a Technical Manager.

In 1997, Nana won first prize in the Step Magazine National Writing Competition. He is the author of five books: Sebitically Speaking, I Speak of Ghana, Tales from Different Tails, Through the Gates of Thought, and Excursions in my Mind. His sixth book, Nsempiisms, is due in print later this year and is already available as a free e-book. Nana Awere Damoah is married with three children. He divides his time between Lagos and Tema.

 

Alba Suprim has been writing for as long as she can remember and regularly flips through, with a wry smile, the stacks of notebooks that contain what can only be described as the melodrama of her teenage years. She is the author of The Imported Ghanaian and A Place of Beautiful Nonsense.  She graduated from Escuela International de Cine y Television (EICTV), the Cuban film school, as an Editor and worked on several short and independent film projects in Cuba and London before moving back to Ghana, where she now earns her living writing screenplays, television programmes, producing and directing television commercials.

She has been on the writing and editing team of the BBC World Services Trust Radio drama, ‘Story Story, Voices from the Market,’ for over six years. She was a writer and director for the BBC WST television drama, entitled, ‘Wetin Dey!’She lives in Accra, where she is regularly accused of being Senegalese, Malian, Ivorian, Liberian, Kenya or Zimbabwean, in fact, any other nationality but Ghanaian.

Source-Newsghana.com.gh

 

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