This year’s Ghana International Book Fair is scheduled to open on Thursday, August 18 at the forecourt of the National Theater in Accra. The four-day event will be under the theme: “Growing the Knowledge-based Economy through Reading”. This will be the 14th year that this festival will run in the West African country’s capital.
The festival opening ceremony will be attended by the minister of education for Ghana Prof Naane Jane Opoku-Agyeman. Also at the event will be Matilda Amissah-Arthur the wife of the vice president. It is not clear whether he couldn’t attend and had sent his wife in his stead or if she is a literary tour de force on her own merit.
So I’ve just gone to Google and I am eating humble pie. Turns out, Matilda is a professional librarian and the former president of Ghana Librarian Association. Before becoming the Second Lady of Ghana she owned a Non-Governmental Organisation, Reading for Life which organizes reading clinics for children across Ghana. She is the right person to be opening a festival. Ignore the previous statement made here.
This festival looks like a trade event as the organisers haven’t been big on announcing the featured guests. Their publicity seems to talk a lot more about the media partners, stakeholders like Ghana Association of Writers, Min of Tourism, Ghana Printers and Paper Convertors Association (huh?), and the like. It’s a very interesting look at doing a festival for writers; without telling us the headline artist or anything. Away from the thing with the artists, the President of the Ghana Book Publishers Association Elliot Agyare urged parents and teachers to take advantage of the Fair to prepare for the next academic year. A mobile library is expected to be mounted on site to encourage reading. A tent for nationally acclaimed illustrator El Carna will also be on site for school children who will be at the Fair. So if you won’t be able to make it, please follow the official hashtag of the festival at #GIBF2016