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Tended Garden

When we speak about love

Hardly do we mention

That love is also painful

Love has cheers

And tears

Love is conscious

Love needs work

And repair

Love needs renewal

And maintenance

Love needs determination

To those

Celebrating love

Keep at it

Don’t let it become

An untended garden

Happy Vals Day

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Opia’s Opium

Give him
Power
To watch
The Stars
Play
And he will
Forget
That you
Denied him
Power
To make
His time
Before and
After the
Play of
The Stars
Pay
Give him
That opium
Opia
Is
Easy
Like
That
Opia
Is
Sikaman’s
Oga’s
Easy
Prey.
Give him
That
Power
Opium
Only
For
Play.

(c) Nana A Damoah, 050215

30 January 2015

Good morning friends.

Following last year’s Apagya project, a number of you have been asking what is planned for 2015 and expressed interest to support. The Planning Team is really encouraged by this support.

I am pleased to announce that the team has decided on the main framework for this year’s DGG-Facebook Community Project.

We plan to raise at least GHC 100,000 to build a 6-unit classroom unit plus headmaster’s office, staff room and library for a community which has a primary or junior secondary school studying “under trees”. The project will include furnishing the library with books.

The team has commissioned conceptual drawings which we will share by end of March with detailed costing.

By this timeline,  we would have also decided on the beneficiary community.

We look forward to your support.

Affecting our society, one community, one individual at a time.

On behalf of the Planning Team,
NAD

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Of rattling beads

You don’t need to tell me
About the quality of
Your faith
I can deduce that
From your actions
You don’t need to tell me
About the quality of
Your education
I can deduce that
From your words
You don’t need to tell me
About the quality of
Your upbringing
I can deduce that
From your behaviour
Quality beads
Abrewa says
Do not rattle
A good thing
Opanyin says
Sells itself
You don’t need to tell me
Anything
All of who you
Really are
Shows.

(c) Nana A Damoah, 150115

On Saturday 10 January 2015, Kofi Akpabli and I had three sessions of readings at Totally Youth, North Ridge from 11am till 4.30pm, with the audience also reading their favourite excepts and chapters of our books.

Kofi Akpabli

Kofi Akpabli

Nana Awere Damoah

Nana Awere Damoah reading

The second session was jam-packed!

We are grateful to the moderators of the sessions: Anny Osabutey (1st session), Kwame Gyan (2nd session) and Kinna Likimani (3rd session).

The Q&A sessions were engaging as well, with incisive questions and deep thoughts shared.

The audience read as well!

The audience read as well!

This year, Get Caught Reading!

Kofi and I are grateful to all the media houses who gave us support and space to tell our story, and also came around to cover the event: GTV, eTV, Multi TV, TV3, Radio XYZ, Citi FM, Joy FM, Live FM, Starr FM.

Together, we can and should vim-mify (don’t reach out for your dictionary, please) the culture of reading again.

audience

Find pictures in link below:

https://www.facebook.com/ndamoah/media_set?set=a.10153044710081202.1073741882.570051201&type=3

Finally, we are so grateful to the Writers Project of Ghana (@writersPG) who organised the book reading and signing. WPG is doing great things for Literature in Ghana. More on this later this year. Thanks, WPG; thanks Martin, Nana Yaw and team.

Get Caught Reading.

Dear Friends,

Kofi Akpabli

Kofi Akpabli

Nana Awere Damoah

Nana Awere Damoah

You are cordially invited to an event for Celebrating Ghanaian Authorship and Writing.

Book reading. Book Signing. Interaction.

10 January 2015. Venue: Totally Youth (opposite Alisa Hotel, North Ridge, Accra).

Hourly readings from 10am till 3pm, from 8 books: Excursions in my mind, Sense of Savannah, Through the Gates of Thought, Tickling the Ghanaian, Tales from Different Tails, Harmattan, I Speak of Ghana and Romancing Ghanaland.

By Kofi Akpabli and Nana Awere Damoah.

Do make time to pass through.

2014 in review

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