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Benjamin Kwakye takes his turn at Goethe-Institut

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BY: Daily Graphic
Benjamin Kwakye
Benjamin Kwakye

A United States-based Ghanaian writer, Benjamin Kwakye, will take his turn at the Goethe Institut in Accra on Wednesday, July 25, to read excerpts of his books.

The reading project is a collaboration between The Writers Project and Goethe-Institut and it’s intended to inspire a reading habit and love for literature among audiences.

Kwakye, who is also the Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Global Payments Processing Company in the Unites States, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, both in the USA.

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He is the winner of two Commonwealth Prize for Literature Book Awards for his novels, The Clothes of Nakedness and The Sun by Night. His other works include Legacy of Phantoms, The Three Books of Shama and The Count’s False Banquet.

He has also written an epic poem, Scrolls of the Living Night ,and two collections of poetry, Soul to Song and Tongues of a Jealous, Wind as well as a collection of short stories, The Executioner's Confession and an assortment of novellas Eyes of the Slain Woman.
 
One of Africa’s leading literary scholars, Prof. Eustace Palmer, describes Kwakye’s most recent collection of poems, Songs of a Jealous Wind, as an “impressive collection that continues to reinforce Kwakye’s claim to being incontestably in the front rank of African writers.”

Kwakye has served as a resident novelist of Window to Africa Radio and Afriscope Radio in Chicago (USA) and has reviewed a number of African and African- related titles on air.