A colleague recently wrote about a Reading revolution and how to encourage more reading among Ghanaians. Her ideas are definitely out of the box – at least for Ghana, and all the more appealing because they are different from what usually comes up.
At work, we are about to launch a campus-wide reading campaign – admittedly part of a general communications strategy to improve the quality of student language skills and general literacy – whether spoken or written. This will be partly through exposure to pieces of writing which are recognized for their quality in terms of content, theme and how English is used.
The first choice is not surprisingly a novel by a Ghanaian author. Selection was not as straightforward as it might have been, as the pull of older Ghanaian authors such as Ama Ata Aidoo is strong. But in the end the decision was to opt for something a bit more contemporary, which is how we finally chose The clothes of nakedness, by Benjamin Kwakye. Fortunately for us, local bookseller EPP seems to have the rights to republish quite a few of the African Writers Series, so we were able to easily buy enough copies for all members of our academic community.
Certainly the news seems to have got out. Students, faculty and staff have all been coming in to the library for their copies. Will it be read? We shall see.
It will be an experiment worth watching.