I did go to the Ghana Association of Writers Book Festival which took place on Founder’s Day, or Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday. It was a public holiday, so had to more or less force myself to get out of the house – but in a way having no electricity was a good enough impetus.
I did not plan to attend the opening ceremony, which was supposed to start at 9am but didn’t as it was still going on when I arrived after 11am! And in fact it ended not long after noon, with quite a packed hall listening and watching. I gather the high point was a poetry reading by a blind student from Wa. Oh well…
So I spent my time outside looking at the stands, and on occasion chatting with colleagues/friends about books and ther quasi-literary issues.
I did buy a few books:
- The days, by Ama Ata Aidoo (an illustrated children’s book, which I hadn’t heard of)
- Tickling the Ghanaian: encounters with contemporary culture, by Kofi Akpabli (I had heard of its launch, and was wondering where and when I would get a copy)
- The heart of old Accra (beautifully illustrated)
- Akwaaba – Welcome to Ghana: Twi for tourists, by Nana Oforiwaa Koranteng (what would be the words and phrases chosen, I wondered)