My sister-friend Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah announced the Nana Kofi Addo Writivism Prize for non-fiction; and the Abena Korantemaa Writivism Prize for oral history on March 8th at the ‘Don’t Call Me Beautiful’ Panel discussion. The deadline for submission for both prizes is May 20, 2016. The prize money for each is $500.
The Prizes are open to African writers who are resident in Ghana. So yes, Ghanaians qualify as do all nationals from the other 53 African countries.
Plus, how can y’all resist prizes with such wonderful backstories and dedicated to such wonderful folks (read the press release). So apply, now. There are prizes for writers in Ghana, wai.
Press Release from Makeda:
NON-FICTION LITERARY AWARDS FOR AFRICAN WRITERS RESIDENT IN GHANA.
MAKEDA PR is pleased to announce two new literary awards; The annual Nana Kofi Addo Writivism Prize for Non Fiction by African writers resident in Ghana and The Abena Korantemaa Writivism Prize for Oral History by African writers and storytellers resident in Ghana to be administered by; Center for African Culture and Excellence (CACE). The winners will be awarded five hundred dollars ($500) each. The awards were announced on the 8th of March 2016, at the Public reading of the 2016 Writivism Non-Fiction Workshop/International Women’s Day to be held at Alliance Francaise, in Accra. To apply for both awards, please visit; www.writivism.org for more details and guidelines.
The prize is in recognition, memory and honor of Nana Koffi Addo, Ex Werempehene of Kwahu-Twenedurase, near Obo, born on 6th May 1921 in Abetifi, Kwahu. He loved to write, and in his retirement authored and published, ‘Letters to a Son: Guideposts to Morality and Discipline’ (Published by Dorrance U.S.A., 2000) and his second book, “A Village Boy’s Dream – A Will to Succeed” – An Autobiography (Self published in 2009). He had numerous articles published in various magazines and left behind 3 unpublished manuscripts including “Guidance for Young Women. He passed on the 2nd of December 2011.
Abena Korantemaa, 100 year old, is regarded as the matriarch of her family clan, she is popularly known as ‘Maa Fri’. She has worked variously as a trader, and became recognized as ‘the queen of the onion traders’ in Nkawkaw, the Eastern Region of Ghana. To date she still performs this leadership role, advising various market women, and resolving any disputes. She has passed down the history of her ancestors in written, audio and video form. This prize is instituted in her name to recognize those women who through oral traditions preserve knowledge, passing it on from generation to generation.
The Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to harness the abilities of African writers and artists in using culturally-grounded narratives to cause change in the societies in which they live through the advancement of cultural expressive forms, promotion and advocacy of cultural rights and heritage preservation.
Writivism has been the flagship CACE project since 2012. Writivism pays attention to emerging writers based on the continent and readers of work written by African writers through various activities including writing workshops, book publishing and an annual literary festival. The programme has reached over 1000 emerging writers working in English based on the continent and in 2016 has expanding to include writers working in French and those based in the Caribbean
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For Press Enquiries:
Ama Ablorde – Communications Assistant (MAKEDA PR) Tel: + 233 (0) 248056444
Roland Byagaba: (Communications Manager, CACE, Writivism) Tel: +256774535545