The 4th edition of the Ghana Poetry Festival, organised by Values for Life (Ghana), is set to commence; it has been slated for November 13th to 18th, this year, at different venues with the last two days at the National Museum of Ghana near the Greater Accra National Service Secretariat in Asylum Down, Accra. The event, which is a week-long, is packed with Master classes, Workshops and Performances geared at bringing together poets, writers, and lovers of literary works as well as industry players in the literary arts industry for education, discussion, conversations and entertainment. The Festival, instituted by Values for Life in 2014 as part of measures to promote poetry development in Ghana and by extension, Africa and the world has for the past three years generated some excitement among both established and budding poets from across the country. Poets and writers and artistes expected to grace this edition of the festival as facilitators, resource persons and performers include Professor Atukwei Okai, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman, Professor Anyidoho, Professor Lade Wosornu, Nana Gyan Apenteng, Dr Eyi Kobena Acquah, Hon. Kojo Yanka, Dr. Mawuli Adjei, Martin Egbelewogbe, and new breeds as Mr. Adjei Agyei- Baah, Oswald Okaitei, Chieff Moomen, Nana Asase, Hondred percent Afetsi Awoonor (Son of Prof. Awoonor), and popular musicians, Amandzeba and Blakk Rasta. Also joining the trail are journalists and broadcasters as Paul Adom-Otchere (Good Evening Ghana-Metro Tv), Abeiku Aggrey Santana (Okay Fm), Abdul Hayi-Moomen, Valerie Danso, Selikem Acolatse (of GBC 24) and Kwame Dadzie (Citi fm). Activities slated for the event include Poetry Outreaches in schools & communities (from 13-15 November), “Cross-Tongues Poetry Night” at the School of Modern Languages, University of Ghana (16th November at 6pm), Poetry Master classes/workshops (from 10am-4pm) at the National Museum and then “A Conversation with Dr. Kobena Eyi-Acquah” at the Jamestown Café (at 6pm) on 17th November. On Saturday, which is the climax of the festival, there will be again Masterclasses, Workshops, Discussions, Conversations and performances. The festival will end with Poetry Performances & Readings by poets/spoken word artistes and societal icons. The Minister for Tourism, Culture & Arts and the former Deputy Minister for the sector are expected to be present. Airport East International School, St. Mark School, All Saints Anglican School, Top Class Educational Centre, Kiddie Class International School, Presbyterian Boys’ SHS, Accra Girls SHS, Labone SHS, Ebenezer SHS, African University College of Communication, Ghana Institute of Journalism, University of Professional Studies-Accra and University of Ghana are some of the participating schools. For further update, one can contact +233 571 174 908. The organizers of the event would also hold close-up sessions on poetry development with some Ghanaian literary gurus, such as Dr Eyi Kobena Acquah at the Jamestown Café in Accra.


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