Agyei Sarpong Amos, who writes under the pen name Sarpong Kumankoma, has won the maiden edition of the Kofi Awoonor Literary Prize. A prize was set up to honour the memory of Prof Kofi Awoonor,the renowned Ghanaian poet and writer.
He receives a cash prize of GHc 5,000 for his collection of poems entitled “The Other Butterflies”. A student of the University of Ghana studying Veterinary Medicine, twenty-year Sarpong Kumankoma is a member of The Village Thinkers, a pan African poetry movement based in Cape Coast and co-founder of Literati.
The announcement of the winners was made at the Kempinski Hotel by the Convenor of the Panel of Judges, Prof. G. S. K. Adika last Wednesday. The first and second runners-up are Maame Adjoa Amoa Marfo for her “Muliebrity” and Agbozo Edzordzi for his “Sometimes Death Dies” respectively. Others acknowledged for their works included:
Children of a Lesser God by Jude Sebeh-Boateng
I am a Frafra and Other Poems – Emmanuel Asakinaba
of this and other rivers – Kwabena Agyare Yeboah
Wo yɛ me deɛn – Hannah Amma Konadu Anarfi
Embers of fireflies – Adjei Agyei-Baah
The biennial prize will alternate between significant collections of prose, poetry and essay, according to the organisers.