As a campaign to promote the existence of Ghana (from a language perspective), the Bureau of Ghana Languages has instituted an annual reading festival, the “Ghana Reading Festival,” dedicated towards creating an avenue to promote literary works written in Ghanaian languages.
Every first Wednesday of October is World Reading Day. However, since the Bureau of Ghana Languages has chosen to promote readings of only Mother languages of Ghana, there’s an adopted version of commemorating National Reading in Mother Languages every first Saturday of October and in the form of a festival.
The festival will comprise “Read In Your Mother Tongue’ Workshops”, “Reading Carnival”, “Conversations with Authors”, a special feature by Oswald & the Play House Folks, Pick, Read & Win, Mother Tongue Poetry Reading Sessions and so on.
Ghana Reading Festival will also honour top personalities as Dr. Osei Kwame Despite (CEO of Despite Group of Companies), Ataa Oko Dgagadu, (formerly of Obonu FM) for their respective roles in making Akan & Ga languages prominent on airwaves, as well as authors of the Bureau of Ghana Languages, who have written books that are widely used in the Ghanaian Education Circles.
The festival will have the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture—Dr. Iddi Ziblim—as Special Guest of Honour, Mayor of Accra—Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah—as Chairperson and Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng—President, Ghana Association of Writers & Chairman, National Media Commission—as keynote speaker.
Literary & icons as Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo, Prof. Lade Wosornu, Dr. Mawuli Adjei, Kofi Akpabli, Hon. Rashid Pelpuo, as well as persons in reputable broadcasters like Rebekah Awuah(GTV/GBC 24),, Prince Yawson (a.k.a Waakye), Nana Adwoa Adobea Asante (A.g Dir., National Folklore Board), Blakk Rasta (Zylofon FM), Gladys Osei Owiredu (Joy Prime TV/Multi-media), Abdul Hayi-Moomen (GTV/GBC 24), Justice Appiah (Pan African TV) among others will read in their respective mother languages.