Gird Writing Camp 2016 Facilitators


October 22 │Fiction Workshop │Venue: Gird Center │Time: 9.am – 4.45pm│

Lead Writer: Dr. Martin Egblewobge

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Martin Egblewogble is Writer and a Lecturer at the Physics Department of the University of Ghana. Martin Egblewogbe was born in Accra, Ghana where he currently lives with his wife and two children. Martin Egblewogbe’s stories and poetry have appeared in newspapers, anthologies, and several works of his are available online. A number of his stories have won awards and commendations. Originally self-published as “Mr Happy and the Hammer of God”, Martin’s collection of short stories was re-issued by Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd. in 2012 as “Mr Happy and the Hammer of God and Other Stories”. In 2010, Martin Egblewogbe and Laban Carrick Hill co-edited the anthology of poetry, “Look Where You Have Gone To Sit.” His story, “The Gonjon Pin”, was the titular story for The Caine Prize Anthology for African Writing 2014. In 2015 he co-edited “According to Sources,” an anthology of poems, with Mawuli Adjei.

 

Guest Writer: Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo

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Ama Ata Aidoo has distinguished herself as a Writer and as a Consultant on Education and Gender Issues. She has travelled widely, and has been appointed Visiting Professor and Distinguished Visiting Professor to the English, Theatre, African, and African American Studies Departments in a number of Universities and Colleges in the United States. She is the Executive Director of Mbaasem Foundation. Mbaasem supports African Women Writers and their work. Her publications include the dramas, The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa, the novels Changes and Our Sister Killjoy or Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint. Ama Ata Aidoo’s many awards include the Nelson Mandela Prize for Poetry in 1987 for Someone Talking to Sometime and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa for Changes in 1992.


October 29 │Creative Nonfiction Workshop │Venue: Gird Center │Time: 9.am – 4.45pm│

Lead Writer: Mr. Kobby Graham

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Kobby Graham is a Writer and a Lecturer at the Ashesi University. Kobby has an endless fascination with modern African culture. His blog, kobbygraham.com,  is mainly dedicated to championing the arts and contemporary culture. Kobby has written several articles that cover a wide range of topics. Some of his pieces have appeared in The Guardian. He was the editor for Dust-Magazine, a cosmopolitan magazine which showcased Urban Style and Trends in Accra.  Kobby is the curator of  nKENTEn, a creative collective, which he describes as an experiment in creative risk, ownership and collaboration.

 

Guest Writer: Prof. Esi Sutherland-Addy

prof-esiProf. Esi Sutherland-Addy- Prof. Esi Sutherland-Addy is an Academic, a Writer and an Educationalist. She is credited with more than fifty publications in the areas of education policy, higher education, female education, literature, theatre and culture. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Language, Literature and Drama Section at the Institute of African Studies. She has been Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Education at Manchester University ,UK and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, USA, the Centre for African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK and L’ Institut des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales , Paris France. Sutherland-Addy is a former Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism (1986) and Higher Education. (1986-1992).


November 5 │Business Writing Workshop │Venue: Gird Center │Time: 9.am – 4.45pm│

Lead Writers: Mr. Samuel Ameyaw Ntiamoah  and Nana Nyarko Boateng

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Samuel Ameyaw Ntiamoah is the Wealth Manager, Private Banking Unit at CAL Bank Ltd. Prior to this; he served as an Investment Analyst (Equities & Fixed Income) at CAL Brokers Ltd (a subsidiary of the Bank). Samuel studied Development Studies (International Development) and International Relations at the London Metropolitan University, UK. He has written business articles which have been featured in the Vaultz Magazine (Africa’s Business and Lifestyle Magazine) on several themes including The Economy of Ghana: Discipline and a return to the basics required and Investments in Ghana: In search of ‘greener’ investment markets. Among other things, Samuel has a range of interests including Wealth creation and innovative impact investments, Design thinking and Business Strategy and Personal and Professional development and advancement.

Guest Writer: Ms. Kate Addo

kate-addoKate Addo is the acting Director of  the Public Affairs Department at Ghana’s Parliament. Ms. Addo has a Masters Degree in International Communication from the University of Leeds, England. She also has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Law Degree from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. She is a trained Journalist who has worked as a Broadcaster at Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. She attained her qualification in Journalism from  the Ghana Institute of Journalism. Ms Addo is a Communications Expert who has a keen interest in mentoring young professionals. She describes training young people as the best part of her job. Ms Addo insists that her most important and treasured qualification is being the mother her twin sons, Panin and Kakra Acheampong.


November 12 │Academic Writing Workshop │Venue: Gird Center │Time: 9.am – 4.45pm│

Lead Scholar: Dr. Obadele Kambon

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Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon – Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon is a Research Fellow in the Institute of African Studies; he is the Coordinator of the UGRC African Language & Graduate African Thinkers/African Thought programmes, as well the Co-ordinator of the post-graduate Academic Writing course at the Institute of African Studies, Legon. Ọbádélé Kambon was born in Brooklyn, New York. He had his Master’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he majored in African Languages and Literature on a Foreign Language and Area Studies. Ọbádélé moved to Ghana to pursue his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Ghana at Legon. Ọbádélé completed his PhD at University of Ghana in 2012 earning the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Best PhD Thesis in the Humanities.

Guest Scholar: Ms. Ama Akwaa Bernice Akuamoah


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Ama Akwaa Bernice Akuamoah is a Social Scientist with a focus on African Politics, Governance and Development. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Ghana in Sociology and Political Science. Currently, Ama is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Ama has over 10 years of experience in four continents, in the areas of programme/project management and delivery, research, partnership building, advocacy (children’s rights) and external media relations. Currently, she is the CEO of Mokobe, a newly established social enterprise using contextual knowledge, research and data to support project success in the African context.


November 19 │Poetry Workshop │Venue: Gird Center │Time: 9.am – 4.45pm│

Lead Poet: Nana Nyarko Boateng

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Nana Nyarko Boateng is a Writer, Poet and an Editor. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in several publications including Lusaka Punk and Other Stories, Caine Prize for African Writing 2015; Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets, Lynne Rienner; Summoning the Rain: An Anthology by African Women Writers, Femrite Publications Limited, Look where you have gone to sit: An Anthology by New Ghanaian Poets, Woeli Publishers and According to Sources: A poetry Anthology, Woeli Publishers. Nana has over a decade of experience working in diverse roles in communications, literary and media organizations. She has taught creative writing workshops in schools across Ghana and at the University of Lomé. Nana is the founder and CEO of Gird Center.

 

Guest Poet: Prof. Kofi Anyidoho

kofi-anyidohoKofi Anyidoho a Ghanaian Poet and Professor; he comes from a family tradition of Ewe poets and oral artists. He was educated in Ghana and the U.S., gaining his Ph.D. at the University of Texas. He is currently a Literature Professor at the University of Ghana at Legon, where he has also worked as Director of the African Institute on Humanities of the CODESRIA, and as interim Director of the School of Performing Arts and Head of the English Department. He has published numerous academic essays on African literature and African diaspora culture and history, and has edited various important works on African literature. Anyidoho is the former president of the Association of African Literature (ALA) based in the United States and member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Ghana. His best known works include Elegy for the Revolution (1978), A Harvest of Our Dreams (1985), Earthchild (1985), and Ancestral Logic and Caribbean Blues (1992).