The best writers in prose and poetry were announced at the Ghana Writers Awards 2017 in a ceremony in Accra on October 29. Those awarded were Philip Arko Ewusi, Kwao Jonathan Tetteh, Maame Akua Akyea Kodua, and Celestine Nudanu.
The second edition of the Ghana Writers Awards were hosted in Accra which had the theme “My art, my life: creating more opportunities for youth in the literary industry in Ghana.” The Ghana Writers Awards is an initiative of a team led by Zadok Kwame Gyasi to promote Ghana Literary arts and also to create opportunities for young unpublished writers.
In the first year Dr Michael Osei Agyapong and Bawa Sadique Anyame receiving awards for short story and poetry. An award was also presented to traditional poet Philip Boakye Dua Oyinka known as Nana Asaase in recognition of his exemplary role in promoting indigenous and contemporary Ghanaian poetry.
The 2018 edition of the awards kicked off with the call for work in the categories of best short story, poetry, literature blog, spoken word and Poetry on Galamsey. The organisers would receive 425 entries which would be shortlisted to 24 in four categories with spoken word being dropped due to violations in the guidelines of the contest.
At the ceremony last Sunday, Philip Arko Ewusi would go home winner of the short story category for his story University Of Hard Knocks while Kwao Jonathan Tetteh won the poetry category with his poem A Toil in the Dark.” Maame Akua Akyea Kodua with her entry The Cry of the Land won the Poetry on Galamsey category while Celestine Nudanu won Literature Blog for https://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/.