Ghanaian Creative, Corporate and Academic Giants to lead Gird Writing Camp 2016

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Gird Writing Camp, the annual writing training program dedicated to supporting young professionals and students in their creative, business and academic pursuits is open for registration this October.

As typical of Gird Writing Camp, the organizers, Gird Center, has gathered the support of Ghana’s creative, business, and academic giants to teach at this year’s camp. Gird Writing Camp 2016 offers 5 writing workshops with focus on Fiction, Non-fiction, Business Writing, Academic Writing and Poetry.

Professor Ama Ata Aidoo and Dr. Martin Egblewobge kick off this year’s camp with a Fiction Workshop on October 22. Others to join in on subsequent weekends up to November 19 are Prof Esi Sutherland-Addy and Mr. Kobby Graham for Non-Fiction, Ms. Kate Addo and Mr. Samuel Ameyaw Ntiamoah for Business Writing, Dr. Ọbádéle Kambon and Ms. Ama Akwaa Akuamoah for Academic Writing and Prof. Kofi Anyidoho and Nana Nyarko Boateng for Poetry.

Ms Kate Addo, the Acting Director of Ghana’s Parliament and the Visiting Expert for the Business Writing Workshops said, “I have observed with great admiration the work that Gird Center does with regards to equipping young people with skillful communication tools. In today’s world, ambiguities continue to remain the bane of both formal and informal communication mainly due to inappropriate use of language.  Determining one’s audience and designing the appropriate message for them has therefore become imperative. It is therefore my utmost pleasure to be part of Gird Center’s efforts to equip young people to deliver accurate, succinct information to their various publics.”

Nana Nyarko Boateng, CEO of the Gird Center said, “Gird Writing Camp 2016 is going to be the most exciting yet. Our camp does not teach writing for the sake of it. We are building a strong community of young creative, business and academic professionals who will transform Ghana’s economy and culture. Gird Writing Camp provides knowledge sharing opportunities and the highest standards of support for young professionals and students.”

To be a part of this exciting experience, register now here. For detailed information about this year’s camp and facilitators, visit www.gird.center.org. Interested persons may send their names and email address to 020-664-6652 or info@girdcenter.org

 

For further information please contact:

Portia Opare

Tel: +233(0)302720501/ Mob: +233(0)206646652

portia@girdcenter.org

 

About Gird Center:

Gird Center Is a Specialist Written Communications Firm. We support private and public sector organizations & Individuals with Writing, Editing & Training Services. The goal of our work can be summarized as strengthening the linkages between effective written communication, creativity, enterprise and development. We are passionate about supporting generations of business leaders and creative talents.

 

 

 

 

Ehalakasa Slam 2016: Round 3 in Tema

Ehalakasa in collaboration with Mode Conceptz presents the third round of the Ehalakasa Slam 2016. This will happen at Nominom located at Community 6, Tema on the Hospital Road near Hotel Marjorie and Basilissa. The time is 6 p.m. and the rate is 5.00 cedis

The first and second rounds took place at Kumasi and Takoradi respectively. The final showdown  will be in Accra; the full details will be communicated when it becomes available.  In the meantime, don’t miss third round if you’re in Tema or can make it to Tema.

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Official flyer for Round 3 of the Ehalakasa Slam 2016

Book Reading: “Tickling the Nsempiisms” at Osu

Under the auspices of the Writers Project of Ghana there will be a public book reading at Vidya Bookshop, Osu, off the Oxford Street, 18th Lane on Saturday, 25th June, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

It will be an evening of book readings by Ghanaian authors, Nana Awere Damoah and Kofi Akpabli.

Don’t miss this evening of book readings by these two intriguing Ghanaian writers.

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Official poster for the public book reading, “Tickling the Nsempiisms” at Vidya Bookshop, Osu

The Ama Ata Aidoo Short Story Competition

The Centre for Gender Studies & Advocacy, University of Ghana, announces an Ama Ata Aidoo Short Story Competition as part of its 10thAnniversary Celebration. This competition will be in honour of Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo for her multiple roles as a pan-African feminist, an author, poet, playwright and academic as well as her contribution to Africa’s renaissance.

 

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to contest and win the Prize, a person must be an African and a currently registered student of the University of Ghana or must have graduated within the past five (5) years (2011-2016).

ENTRIES

Each participant must submit Three (3) copies of a full-length original unpublished short story with a maximum 5000 words. The story should have a strong female protagonist. Stories must be typed, double spaced and in Times New Roman 12 point font.

SUBMISSION

Short Stories (in Microsoft word format, printed on one side of A4 sheets and soft-bound) should be submitted to:

The Director

Centre for Gender Studies & Advocacy

P.O. Box, LG 862

University of Ghana, Legon

Soft copies of stories should also be sent to the following email address:

aaashortstorycompetition@gmail.com

 

DEADLINE

The deadline for the submission of short stories is July 10, 2016.

 

THE PRIZE

The winner will be awarded a laptop and airtime on a radio station. The two runners up will each receive a tablet. The ten best stories will be published.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNER

The 3 prize winners will be announced on August 10, 2016. The prizes will presented at a ceremony to be held in honour of Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo on August 27, 2016.

 

MEET AYI KWEI ARMAH THIS THURSDAY AT LEGON

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The Morehouse  College, Atlanta, in the United States of America, will on the 17th of March, 2016, stream a live conversation with renowned writer Ayi Kwei Armah. The event will also link-in additional audiences in Senegal and remote sites, beginning with the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

The conversation is titled A Global Conversation: The Healers by Ayi Kwei Armah. Healing Africa, Healing African America. It  will be facilitated by  John Silvanus Wilson, the President of Morehouse College.

In a one-on-one dialogue with   Ayi Kwei Armah, streamed live from his home in Senegal and projected on the big screen for a live Morehouse audience, Dr.Wilson will explore with Mr. Armah themes from The Healers, and his  writings since the publication of that book.  The Global Conversation is aimed at discussing the perception that higher education is failing in its mission to prepare American, African American and African youth for life. The discussion will center around  fostering a conscious sense of identity in the youth for success .

Date: 17th March, 2016

Venue: Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Nketia Conference Hall

Time: 2:30pm GMT

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

Ayi Kwei Armah is a contemporary Ghanaian novelist who, for a period of more than four decades, has stayed vocal and consistent against Western education and its legacy in the continent of Africa. His debut novel, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968), has established him as a major African writer along with Chinua Achebe, Wọlé Sọyínká and Ngũgi ̃ Wa Thiong’o. Armah pays a special attention to the ways in which intellectual characters (not common individuals) conceive of themselves as Africans. For Armah, an intellectual renaissance in Africa cannot be generated unless authentic African intellectuals combat the Eurocentric and potentially destructive reflexes that shape and define Neo-colonial schools.

Gird Writing Camp Set for October

The Gird Writing Camp, a two-tiered interactive writing program that supports young writers, scholars, and entrepreneurs with knowledge and tools to develop and enhance their writing skills is now open for registration.

The Camp comprises a one-day intensive seminar and a month long writing consultancy package that enables participants to get access to writing experts in confronting personal writing challenges.

Participants will get the support of diverse experts in the business, academic, and creative writing fields including: Prof Ama Ata Aidoo, renowned writer; Dr. Mawuli Adjei, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Ghana and Mr. Rami Baitie, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, UT Holdings, Mr. Paul Ababio, Investment Advisor, CEO, Paul & Associates and Dr. Kweku Ainuson. Business Lawyer, Snr. Partner AB Lexmall & Associates

The Camp accommodates a maximum of 20 participants each in the Creative Writing, Academic Writing, and Business Writing sessions. Interested writers, students, and entrepreneurs are therefore advised to register early to secure a seat. Registration can be carried out online at: www.girdcenter.org

For more information about the camp please Call: 0207152656 or Email: info@girdcenter.org

We Celebrate Chinua Achebe; his spirit and his words.

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“We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: ”He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.” ~Chinua Achebe

We are dedicating the day to quoting Chinua Achebe on our twitter and facebook pages: @GirdcenterGH and Girdcenter respectively. 

We thank you Prof. Chinua Achebe. Rest in the most perfect peace.