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Oswald celebrates 5 years in the arts

BY: Graphic Showbiz
Oswald Okaitei
Oswald Okaitei

All roads lead to the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) House in Accra tomorrow, May 5 as poet Oswald Okaitei celebrates his fith year in the creative arts.

The day which also marks his birthday, will be one of dramatic poetry enactment fused with rich music and dance titled Akua Ghana in commemoration of Ghana’s 60th anniversary.

It will also see the launch of another book from the poet and author titled Tears and Joy at 60 with a forward by celebrated Ghanaian academician Prof Akilagpa Sawyerr.

Special Guest of Honour for the 5 pm event is Nana Bright Oduro-Kwarteng, Chief Director, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

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Five years into his career as a poet, spoken word artiste and creative artpreneur, Oswald has done and seen things in the industry that can only be tagged as instrumental. 

Having failed to secure a government job after university, he fell on one thing that not even money can buy - his gift. And his gift was in the ability to beautifully string words together into thought-provoking poetry and music. 

Today, Oswald has broken frontiers as one of the youngest and fast-rising poets who have performed on big stages with the best of the best in the industry such as Muta Baruka, Prof Atukwei Okai, Rocky Dawuni and Prof. Kofi Anyidoho.

He has authored five poetry collections -  A Wreath to Awoonor, The Sailor’s Sail is Over (for Komla Dumor), Songs of Condolence to Tacloban, A Bright Light Sleeps (for Maya Angelou) and Mandela: The Soul of His Earth. He has also written a number of stage plays— In The Bag Of A Woman, In Man’s Libido, Beautiful Nonsense, Who Stole The Casket among others.

Oswald has five international awards to his credit - World Poetry Empowered Poet 2013, Pentasi B. Inspirational Poet, World Poetry Theatre Ambassador Award, Global Baobab Award and The Spoken Word Artiste of the Year