Last Sunday I attended an evening event with the Ghana Association of Writers, my third so far. Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) Sunday is a Literary and Cultural Event by the GAW held every first Sunday of the month at PAWA House, Roman Ridge, Accra. The evening apparently took off at 4.00 pm prompt for we were quite late when we got there at 4.45 pm. Things were in full motion by then.
In attendance was Easy After School Haven Band, a band of kids ranging from two years to teens who treated us to a lively rendition of Mariam Makeba’s ‘Patapa’. I was impressed to see this little boy behind the drums playing away as if his life depended on it. Another girl about six years old played the guitar to perfection. It was a beautiful sight and we the grown ups could not help dance to the up beat rhythm. The audience was also treated to poetry recitals by pupils from the Maamobi Prisons Primary and Junior High School. As part of GAW’s outreach programme, the youth is given the opportunity to showcase their talents at this monthly event.
The highlight of the evening was a book signing by David Kumi, a twelve-year-old Ghanaian boy living in Atlanta, Georgia. When David was about four years old, his grandmother (who was present at the event) taught him how to read and write. These skills obviously motivated him to start penning his own words! By the time David was six years he was writing short stories which led to his first published book, Daniel’s Tales. In 2011, he wrote his second book, Tor and Other Stories. His third book, Cats Cave (the first in the Cats Cave series) was published this year. Such an inspiration for our young ones coming up 🙂 I got an autographed copy for my two younger boys, of course 🙂
And finally, I got the opportunity to read my works. Yes, I read some of my haiku to the audience and I could hear the ‘oohs’, ‘ahhs’, and ‘hmms’ as I read. There was loud applause, but I can tell you that my two youngest boys applauded the loudest 🙂
Lucid Gypsy said:
Well done Celestine, you’re very brave I could never do that! And young David is remarkable, he will go far.
Ow, Gilly, thanks. There was nothing to it really. The audience was not huge and that made it easier.
Yes, David will go far. The host interviewed him and he spoke with great conviction and clarity. 🙂 It really made me proud of him.
Lucid Gypsy said:
and thanks for reminding me about Miriam, I’ve just had a listen 🙂
Ow, you are very welcome my dear friend. 🙂 How nice!
Well done Celestine. *Applause*
Thank you, my dear friend
You’re welcome 🙂
Sounds great, congratulations!!
And I’m still amazed at the young writer of short stories, I can’t believe it!
Thank you,Isi. I was so amazed myself. But he was there alright, signing copies of his third book. I understand he was even interviewed on TV 🙂
Nana Prah said:
David is not just an inspiration to the young ones, but to us old ones too. His accomplishments are fantastic. Thanks for sharing about the meeting.
You are welcome, Nana. You know I now remember you had indicated that you might attend the next meeting. For sure, I will get you to be there in August. 🙂
Wow. How brave and simply awesome.
Ow thank you Audra. I was so excited and hope to read some more at the next event.
Mary Okeke reviews said:
Afua… ohhhh… this is the cutest post ever.. love.. love.. love it!
Thank you so much, Mary 🙂
This event sounds wonderful…and you read some of your own stuff! Yay! Congrats!
I would have loved to see those kids playing that music–I guarantee I would have been dancing, too.
Oh Heather, thank you. You can’t imagine how I danced and danced, my size notwithstanding 🙂 The kids were simply marvelous; and the passion on their faces was just awesome. I’m really proud of them.
RebeccaScaglione - Love at First Book said:
That is such a great experience!!!
Indeed, Rebecca.Thanks a million
Wonderful! Maybe someday I will hear you read!:)
Thanks you Jennifer. It would be so nice to have you 🙂
What a wonderful evening!
So blessed that little boy.
And – I would have so loved being there to hear you present your haiku 🙂
I wish you had been there;, Rosy. That boy is indeed a miracle. 🙂 Bi big hugs to you my dear friend 🙂
What a wonderful-sounding evening! Very impressive list of participants. I’m glad you had a good time and your sons got be supportive and even more proud of their mom. 🙂
Ow, my boys had been excited for days and they could hardly contain their joy when I did the reading. It was a fine evening indeed 🙂
Aww Celestine…I wanna give you a big hug….anyone who hears or reads your poetry will at the very least say “oooh” and “aaah” and of course, I am included. I wish I could see your homeland. How beautiful is it there? How neat for David to come back and have a book signing at such a young age!
Oh Eva, thanks you so much for these lovely words. Ghana is beautiful,by African standards and very very peaceful. We are also a hospitable people and very friendly. Indeed, young David is a huge inspiration 🙂
Someday you should post pictures of the landscape there. I would love to see its beauty.
I will, dear Eva.