I can’t talk much about the programme for the launch of Ama Ata Aidoo’s books which took place on Friday 23 March – her birthday [though not her 70th if I heard correctly] – because I am a little ashamed to admit that I was horribly late due to a combination of car issues plus parking. But I was very glad to see that the venue – British Council Accra – was absolutely full, and that the Vice-President of Ghana, John Mahama, himself an author, was able to deliver his keynote address, even though he was due to travel that very evening!
Despite coming at the end of ceremony I was able to see a few friends and colleagues, including Ivor Agyeman-Duah of the Centre for Intellectual Renewal who organized the launch, and buy the books. One is a collection of short stories, entitled Diplomatic pounds & other stories and the other is more academic as evidenced by the title Essays in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo at 70: a reader in African cultural studies. Both are published by Ayebia Clarke who has a great reputation for publishing books on Ghana, and indeed on Africa
I must definitely buy a couple of copies for work.
I wasn’t able to get the author to autograph them, but I think there will be another opportunity soon – as Ama Ata Aidoo is due to give some readings at the Goethe Institut as part of the Writers Project of Ghana on 28 March.
Not an opportunity to miss!