2021 Ghana Reads kicks off Wednesday

BY: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Ghana Reads 2021 starts Wednesday, October 5
Poet/Spoken Word artiste Oswald Okaitei is the initiator of Ghana Reads

All is set for this year’s edition of Ghana Reads which is scheduled to take place at the Centre for National Culture in Accra from tomorrow, October 6.

The Ghana Reads programme has been instituted to help address the need for universal literacy for all Ghanaian children by creating access to quality teaching and learning materials through low-cost technologies.

As an annual project of the 2016 Pan African Poet/Spoken Word artiste, Oswald Okaitei, Ghana Reads also seeks to revive the dying library culture in the country and help create a new generation of readers in Ghana.

To give the programme a lot of mileage, the event features prominent personalities who lead participants through reading sessions.
This year's edition will see the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah in attendance. She will be joined by social media sensation Oswald Gennuh who shot to fame following a letter he wrote to his mother for his ‘Our Day Celebration’.

The two will lead participants drawn from basic and Senior High Schools in Accra through intense reading sessions.

There will be many reading periods and activities to mark the day such as ‘Up, Girl’ Read and Converse with Kate Addo (Director, Public Relations of the Parliament of Ghana); the Worldreader ‘Media Personalities DigiRead X’perience’ with Alfred Ocansey (TV3), Valerie Danso (GTV/GBC 24), Kuukua Snead-Michaels (ATV) and Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey (Citi TV/Citi FM); 'Ba W) Kane Nii' with Nii Otokukor among others.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz, Oswald Okaitei, said the Ghana Reads initiative was focused on helping to revamp community libraries to help in promoting reading among children.

He stated that the project’s concept encourages individuals and institutions to champion the cause of literacy at a time when reading knowledge was fading.

This year’s edition is partnered by the World reader Ghana, sponsored by Adwinsa Publications Ghana Ltd and Play House.kom and supported by AA Reading Club, E-Sport, Adoa TV, Graphic Showbiz, Writers Project, and ATV.

Unlike in previous editions, this year’s event kicked off with the World reader Ghana’s 'Community Libraries DigiRead Storm' at the Nima-Maamobi Community Library, Mamprobi Gale Community Library and Dunk Library, Jamestown-Accra.