Pa Gya! A Literary Festival 2020 runs both in-person and virtually in Accra, Ghana from October 16-18, then again on October 29, 2020.
In 2017, a new festival from the Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe-Institut called the Pa Gya! Literary Festival was inaugurated. Its name Pa Gya! came from the Twi word meaning “to lift up” or “to strike flame” and it was aimed at igniting a passion for the literary arts. The festival hosted writers from within Ghana and across the continent to much success; it was followed by another run in 2018 and 2019.
In 2020, the festival is bigger and better than ever with the support of the International Relief Fund of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institute. Just like in the past it offers readings, panel discussions, poetry performances, book launches, literary prize awards, and loads more. Unlike many festivals affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, this one will be both in-person and online. For health reasons, the seating will be limited and Accra residents will need to register to book a space.
There will be many guests you can expect to interact with over the four days of the festival. Some of these are Ato Quayson, Anni Domingo, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Bisi Adjapon, Chiké Frankie Edozien, Renee Edwige Dro, Eghosa Imasuen, Frances Mensah Williams, Ivor Agyeman-Duah, Ladé Wosornu, Margaret Busby, Nana Darkoa Sekiyamah, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Olutimehin Adegbeye, Pelu Awofeso, Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, Richard Ali, Ruby Yayra Goka, Sabata-mpho Mokae, Stephanie Wanga, Tiffany Kagure Mugo, Wale Okediran, and loads more. Here is a full list of the personalities you will interact with at Pa Gya! this year.
Some of the highlight events are Prof Dannabang Kuwabong in conversation with Prof Kofi Anyidoho on the topic, “Preserving Ghanaian Languages Through Literature.” Another highlight event is “Reading Habits and The Practice of Critique” with Prof Ato Quayson, Joseph Oduro-Frimpong, Jeanne-Marie Jackson moderated by Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang. Another event is the New Daughters of Africa session that will feature the anthologies editor Margaret Busby alongside Ayesha Harruna Attah, Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, and Anni Domingo. That session will be moderated by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond. Also on offer is a session featuring blogger and podcaster James Murua entitled “Blogging African Literature & Events” conducted by Elizabeth Johnson.
The winner of the Abena Korantemaa Oral History Prize 2020 will also be revealed at this literary shindig. For more information on the schedule and more, please visit the official festival page. You can also follow The Writers Project of Ghana on Twitter.