e-Ananse's ‘By The Fireside’ series starts today

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
e-Ananse's By The Fireside starts today
Oswald Okaitei is the director of 'By The Fireside'

AFTER a successful launch of e-Ananse’s version of By The Fireside last year, all is set for the first edition in 2020 which will come off at the e-Ananse library situated in Osu, Accra on Saturday, January 25.

Created to be a live monthly storytelling event, the 5p.m. show will as usual feature veteran actress, Grace Omaboe and participating children alongside a number of theatrical and traditional performances.

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It will also feature spoken word performances, cultural dances, riddles and folk music performances. The storytelling comes with a dramatic presentation of some scenes and will have performers including James Lamer as Kwaku Ananse, Hawa Alidu as Okonore, Adatsi Brownson as Ntikuma, Joseph Lamptey as Afurudewhedehwe, Paa Asante as Agya Koo and Madina Muhammed as Amma along with children of Dunamis Academy.

Also to present cultural dances will be students from Mary Star of The Sea International School while the Play House.kom band will present folk music.

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Each episode of the event will be recorded and later telecast on some selected television networks.

e-Ananse Libraries’ By The Fireside is one of the libraries’ numerous literary and creative activities geared at reviving the storytelling art in the country and to also add to the few periodic live stage shows in Ghana.

It is directed by poet/playwright Oswald Okaitei and produced by e-Ananse Libraries as a corporate social responsibility project of West Blue Consulting.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz, Oswald Okaitei mentioned that the new By The Fireside was a means of educating the youth on the importance of folklore and folktales which promote the Ghanaian and African culture.

“We are in times when the young ones are unaware of the importance of the art of storytelling which helped to shape our morals and values growing up. So the initiative is geared at reliving some of the good moments of the past,” he stated.