The awards were officially announced on the 8th of March, 2016 at the Public reading of the 2016 Writivism Non-Fiction Workshop/International Women’s Day that was held at Alliance Francai
se, in Accra. To apply for both awards, please visit;www.writivism.org for more details and guidelines.
The prize is in recognition, memory and honor of Nana Koffi Addo, Ex Werempehene of Kwahu-Twenedurase, near Obo, born on 6th May 1921 in Abetifi, Kwahu., He loved to write, and in his retirement authored and published, ‘Letters to a Son: Guideposts to Morality and Discipline’ (Published by Dorrance U.S.A., 2000) and his second book, “A Village Boy’s Dream – A Will to Succeed” – An Autobiography (Self-published in 2009). He had numerous articles published in various magazines and left behind 3 unpublished manuscripts including “Guidance for Young Women. He passed on, the 2nd of December 2011. The Koffi Addoprize judging panel comprises NoViolet Bulawayo (Chair), Yewande Omotoso and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah.
Abena Korantemaa, 100 years old, is regarded as the matriarch of her family clan, she is popularly known as ‘Maa Fri’. She has worked variously as a trader, and became recognized as ‘the queen of the onion traders’ in Nkawkaw, the Eastern Region of Ghana. To date she still performs this leadership role, advising various market women, and resolving any disputes. She has passed down the history of her ancestors in written, audio and video form. This prize is instituted in her name to recognize those women who through oral traditions preserve knowledge, passing it on from generation to generation. The Abena Korantemaa prize judging panel comprises Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Chair), Ndinda Kioko and Ukamaka Olisakwe.
The Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to harness the abilities of African writers and artists in using culturally-grounded narratives to cause change in the societies in which they live through the advancement of cultural expressive forms, promotion and advocacy of cultural rights and heritage preservation.
Writivism has been the flagship CACE project since 2012. Writivism pays attention to emerging writers based on the continent and readers of work written by African writers through various activities including writing workshops, book publishing and an annual literary festival. The programme has reached over 1000 emerging writers working in English based on the continent and in 2016 has expanding to include writers working in French and those based in the Caribbean
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