The Restless Generation?

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Perhaps. I have not been around long enough. But I can compare today to a decade or two ago, and the mindset shift of young people over that period. Usually, I will talk about what I observed when my parents worked. But that may be spreading too wide, considering they enjoyed careers spanning over three decades in banking and healthcare. My first experience with the professional cultural shift came from my dad at the end of 2011. At the start of the previous year, I had returned from graduate school in the UK and settled into my first “real” job. Less than two years later, here I was telling him I was moving to another company. Huh? Just two years? Boy please. But dad, he understands change. When he first joined the banking industry, they had ledgers the size of desks. Everything had to be manually searched for and recorded, in these humongous…

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Ten Exceptional Non-Fiction Writers from Ghana you should read

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Two weeks ago, Gird Centre brought you a list of ten contemporary fiction writers. Through their creativity and brilliance, they have broadened literary spaces, providing variety and quality. Today, we bring you another list of contemporary Ghanaian writers of non-fiction. We believe their contributions to telling the experiences of society, has played an important role in quickening the collective consciousness of Ghanaians. We hope you find a wonderful read from the works of any of the writers below:

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  1. Malaka Grant– Malaka Grant is a Ghanaian-American writer. Rarely does any issue of social relevance escape her notice, especially in relation to gender, African identity, motherhood and sexuality. Malaka gets you to look at issues from several angles; she gives the account people would rather sweep under the rugs. She makes you feel, and laugh, and reject with disgust the injustices that have long been accepted by the Ghanaian as ‘culture’…

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On the Sebitical Stool: KeniKodjoMeetUp and A Reading to Children

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18 September 2016

Two events happened this weekend that brought me immense joy and satisfaction. Over the past couple of years, my friend Kofi Akpabli and I have been contributing our bits to the rejuvenation of a reading culture in Ghana, augmenting the efforts of organizations such as the Writers Project of Ghana (WPG holds a book reading at the Goethe Institute on the last Wednesday of every month) and Ghana Association of Writers who hold a fortnightly GAW Sunday event of book reading and poetry plus events on special days such as the upcoming GAWBOFEST which will be holding on 21st September, a holiday. In recent times, I have heard about other initiatives such as the one by Read Ghana, which is focused on providing Community Lead Read Literacy Services for Children in under-served areas in public primary schools, with other children in the community benefit as well. This…

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a tale of two barbers

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We all have that one barber who knows the very contours of our heads. See, with this  barber all we have to do is turn up at the shop. If we like we can fall asleep in front of the mirror and rest assured that the genius with his clippers and razor will give our heads the cut it deserves.

If you like sit there and shake your head like a yo-yo. Dude won’t even mind you. He will just get along with his job. Yep. That is just how good these kind of barbers are. With them you don’t tell them no story. They just do their thing.

Most of us have known such barbers for years and have built a rapport with them.It is not a rare thing to get a call from him asking if everything is alright with you because he hasn’t seen you in…

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TEN CONTEMPORARY GHANAIAN FICTION WRITERS YOU SHOULD HAVE READ BY NOW

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In a fair world, some marvelously talented contemporary Ghanaian writers ought to be at the top of the bestseller list not only in Africa, but across the globe. Africa’s literary scene is evolving as newer voices are finding and creating their niche besides already established writers like Soyinka, Armah, Head, Nwapa and Aidoo, to name only but a few.

Gird Center brings you a list of ten contemporary Ghanaian writers whose works you should have read by now. Are you looking for memorable stories and books to read? You can find them by Ghanaian authors who write with untold brilliance and vibrancy. The one thing you cannot do is to repeat the cliché that there aren’t enough Ghanaian writers, or books. We hope you find something you like from the writers listed below.

martin_pcJane-Akomeah-Agyin-low-res.jpgMartin Egblewogble: Martin Egblewogble is one of the finest of Ghana’s new generation of writers.  He…

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Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition

Click here to view this call in Welsh. Deadline for submissions: 15 Dec 2016 Announcement of winners: May 2017 Entries accepted in English and Welsh. Submit your entry here. The AHRC-funded Reading…

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USF Associate Dean is Tied to Dozens of Predatory Journals

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A Short Treatise on Friendship.

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A few days ago, I clashed with my friend of 15 years. It was rather messy and was very public, but thankfully it was a misunderstanding that has now been cleared up. When the matter was settled and things were back to normal, I remembered this post. I wrote it 2 years ago, and it is me thinking of what friendship means to me. 

I consider friendship one of life’s greatest gifts. Good friends are hard to find, and are often the difference between a great life and a bland one. But what makes a good friend? I do not know, and I promise to let you know when I find out. What I DO know is what makes a bad friend.

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On 10th December 2014, I was in Ibadan, the penultimate leg of my 5-day, 5-city, cross-country travels, part of my Ajala Travels® persona. I was exhausted from the…

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In Conversation With Adjei Agyei-Baah

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Adjei Agyei-Baah (AAB) is a poet and co-founder of Poetry Foundation Ghana. He speaks to me (KAY) on his art of poetry and Ghanaian poetry. This interview was conducted via Facebook Chat.

KAY:  Some time ago, you told me that you are a ”slow writer.” I presume it’s a delicate, slow, long process of trying to craft poems. How is your relationship with your poems like Ashanti, In The Event of My Demise and To The Widow?

AAB:  Yeah, you recollect it so well, my creative brother.To me, the art of poetry is like a puzzle and a word (or letter) choice determines the next. Any careless placement can put the whole piece in disarray. Hence, I have always been tactical and strategic in the knitting of my poem and this is what goes into what I term as ‘’slowness’’ which I often speak of.

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Wa School Project – all items delivered

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8 March 2016

Kindly find attached donation inflows as of today as well as expenditure. Cash at hand is also indicated.

Apart from the initial request of mattresses and desks which have been purchased, 4 wheelchairs and 4 pairs of crutches which were additional requests have been procured as well.

Ashfoam gave us a 10% discount for the mattresses and also donated 45 pillows.

All the items have been delivered at the Wa School of the Deaf. Official donation is planned for later this month but a go-ahead has been given for utilisation of the items.

Thanks to all of you for your support and donations.

The Kokoko Foundation will be officially launched later this year. Watch this space.

NAD (on behalf of the Planning & Implementation team)

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