Skimming through the Daily Graphic this morning (Tuesday 28 February) I came across an advert – incidentally with several spelling mistakes! – which naturally caught my eye: the announcement of the 2011 winners for Ghana of the Burt Award for African Literature. These are:
- 1st prize: The kaya girl, by Mamle Wolo (published by Kwadwoan Publishers)
- 2nd prize: The lost treasure, by Ruby Y Goka (published by Kwadwoan Publishers)
- 3rd prize: Akosua and Osman, by Manu Herbstein (published by Techmate Publishers) [not sure where this publisher is]
- Shoes for her feet, by Laurene Boateng [no mention of a publisher]
- Betrayed by the city, by Ida Fynn Thompson [no mention of a publisher]
The Burt Award is organized in Ghana by the Ghana Book Trust and CODE (a Canadian NGO, which helps children to learn by supporting libraries, teacher training and book publishing in developing countries).
Actually this announcement is almost the same as the one I later found on the GBT website, so I do pay credit as it is due. To be frank the three prize winners were not totally a surprise as two of them had indicated to me late in 2011 that they were in the running.
Congratulations to all!
The question I ask as a book buyer: where in Accra can I buy these titles?