Storymoja, a writing and reading festival set up to promote the African culture was launched at Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra yesterday.
The annual festival which began in 2007 has been held at Kenya ever since, but it is being hosted in Ghana this year to honour illustrious son of the land Prof. Kofi Awoonor of blessed memory who lost his life three years ago in the al-shabab attack in Kenya when he was visiting the grace the Storymoja festival that year.
The festival which started with about three hundred people now hosts about six thousand participants, not only from Africa but across the globe.
“Find your roots, take your talent, share it enjoy it” is just one of the quotes that inspires this prestigious festival.
Celebrated poet Nana Asaase and another opened the floor with a heart warming performance.
The launching attracted many dignitaries across the country and continent. In attendance was the second lady of the republic of Ghana; Matilda Amisah-Authur who represented H.E. the vice president who for reasons beyond his control could not make it. Also in attendance was the Head of English department, University of Ghana; Dr. Jemima Anderson, who gave a highly educative speech, and several other lecturers. The speaker of parliament and some ministers and deputy ministers were also in attendance.
The program is expected to continue from tomorrow till 24th September 2016 at Dubois Centre from 11am to 9pm each day.
Story by: Oswald K. Azumah