The 16th annual Ghana International Book Fair has been set for August 30 to September 2 at the Accra International Conference Centre. It holds under the theme”“Revitalizing the Book Chain for National and International Cooperation.”
A highlight of this year’s event, according to organisers, is a special reading segment on September 1, to allow audiences interact with authors. Selected names for this year’s session include Dr. Mawuli Adjei (Senior Lecturer, English Department—University of Ghana & author of several books e.g. Jewel of Kabibi), Etsey Atisu (author of ‘Epistles to My Bubune’), Kofi Akpabli (author of Tickling The Ghanaian and other books) and Raymond Tuvi.
In addition, there will be a Conversation with an astute Ghanaian poet, essayist, retired surgeon and a philanthropist—Professor Lade Wosornu—from 2:30pm t0 3:30pm: this will allow the audience to know the secret behind his successful story as a creative and a scientist. The caption for the segment is “From Test Tube To Pen” and is free and open to all interested participants.
Again, two of Ghana’s literary icons—Prof. Atukwei Okai & Prof. Kofi Awoonor— have been selected to be celebrated during an event dubbed “Literary Legends Evening”, originally designed to be an annual segment of the Fair to celebrate literary icons. This edition is designed to take the form of a Ghanaian Storytelling session: feature performances as dance by the Noyam Dance Institute, folk & palm wine music by Seyram Ghana, Nene Narh & Nii Muzik and poetry by Daavi Emefa, Chieff Moomen & Oswald Okaitei. There will also be a live painting by one of Ghana’s young finest artist who has many international awards and worked with Hollywood—Prince Kojo Hilton.
The Ghana International Book Fair (GIBF) is an annual cultural event organised in Ghana to celebrate rich Ghanaian cultures through books. The idea behind organizing the book fair is to bring together all book industry players including publishers, editors, authors/writers, designers, illustrators, printers, librarians, booksellers, students, teachers and a host of allied organizations, to share ideas and explore business opportunities in the book industry. The fair also aims at exposing readers to a wide array of books; creating literacy awareness and inculcating reading habits and writing skills into the general public. It is worthy to underscore that the GIBF has embraced the focus of the aforementioned industry players including that of international communities.
Over the past few years the GIBF has taken a new shape, gradually positioning itself as the book fair of choice in the West African sub-region.
Last year, the Accra International Conference Centre hosted over 100 exhibitors from Ghana, Nigeria and other West African countries, as well as from India, China, USA, Canada, Turkey etc. and over 14,000 visitors.
In the past 5 years, the GIBF (held between August and September) has seen a tremendous improvement in the quality of organization, patronage and positive feedback.
This year’s fair is expected to involve about 140 local and foreign exhibitors. It opens at 9 am and closes at 7pm daily.
Other activities of the 16th Ghana International Book Fair include ICT seminar on E-learning for junior and senior high school students, Editing Workshop, Education in an atmosphere of fun, featuring — Spoken Word/Acoustic Music and Comedy by Ehalakasa, Abrefi’s Show— for male and female teens and tweens on menstruation and teenage pregnancy.