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The Head of Office and Representative of UNESCO to Ghana, H.E Abdourahamane Diallo has visited the Accra World Book Capital 2023 Secretariat to familiarise himself with the preparatory processes for hosting the title in 2023.  He was accompanied by Mr Carl Ampah, the National Programme Officer, Culture.

H.E. Abdourahamane Diallo (right) and Ernesticia (left)

Speaking on the purpose of the visit, Mr Diallo said it was to congratulate the team and to afford him the opportunity to acquaint himself with the preparations so far. He assured the Secretariat of his support.


Briefing Mr Diallo on the preparations, Ernesticia indicated that the Secretariat was open for suggestions and collaborations to promote the habit of reading, books, and the Ghanaian culture. She stressed that the programmes for the title year will be implemented not only in Accra, but also throughout the country. She therefore called on the private sector, diplomatic missions, and non-governmental organisations to come on board and help make the title year a tremendous success. Ernesticia also thanked Mr Diallo for the visit and the declaration of support.



The city of Strasbourg (France) has submitted a bid to UNESCO for the 2024 World Book Capital title. This was announced by Mr Owusu Tufour, the deputy Mayor of Strasbourg when he visited the Accra World Book Capital, 2023 (AWBC, 2023) secretariat recently and interacted with Ms Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura. Mr Tufour used the occasion to congratulate Accra for winning the 2023 title and indicated Strasbourg’s desire to collaborate with Accra for the 2023 celebrations. On her part, Ernesticia thanked Mr Tufour for the visit and accepted the invitation for collaboration. She also welcomed the Strasbourg bid for the 2024 title and wished the city well in its bid. Mr Tufour, who is of Ghanaian descent, was accompanied to Accra by his family and some friends. Mr Tufour presented the AWBC, 2023 with souvenirs from Strasbourg.

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The Accra World Book Capital, 2023 (AWBC, 2023) Secretariat and Présence Africaine, a major pan-African publishing house and bookstore based in Paris, France have initiated discussions for collaboration.

At a meeting held on Tuesday 15th March 2022 in Accra, the AWBC 2023 Secretariat and Présence Africaine discussed possible areas for collaboration, including promoting Ghanaian authors and the translation of Ghanaian books into French, the translation of French books into Ghanaian languages, capacity building programmes for Ghanaian authors and publishers, holding of book fairs, and the provision of resources for the teaching and learning of French in Ghana. The meeting also discussed joint programmes during the 2023 Francophonie week, and the celebration of prominent Ghanaian playwrights and authors, including the centenary anniversary of Efua Sutherland in 2024, among others.  

Present at the meeting were Ms Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura, Ms Mavis Asante and Mr Kofi Asante Twumasi all of the AWBC, 2023 Secretariat; Madame Marie-Aida Diop Wane of Présence Africaine; and Mr Alexandre Foulon, Head of Cooperation, and Ms Lou-alma Jacob-Duvernet, Policy Officer for Francophonie, both of the French Embassy in Ghana.

The Ambassador of Mexico to Ghana, His Excellency Enrique Escorza, has paid a courtesy call on the Mayor of Accra, Hon. Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey. The visit was on 28th February 2022.

Welcoming the Ambassador to her office, the Mayor said the visit was very significant and timely, given that Accra would be taking over the baton of the UNESCO World Book Capital City from the Mexican city of Guadalajara in April 2023. There were therefore many areas Accra and Guadalajara could collaborate, particularly concerning books, tourism, culture, and creativity.

On his part, the Ambassador congratulated Accra for winning the World Book Capital for 2023, coming immediately after Guadalajara which will host the title from 23rd April 2022 to 22nd April 2023. He expressed his eagerness at seeing a sister-city relationship developing between Guadalajara and Accra, and foster exchange programmes between the two cities for their mutual benefit. He further mentioned that Mexico and Ghana have had a good relationship for the past sixty years and it was time that relationship was raised to a higher level by establishing sister-city relationships between the two countries. He was optimistic that with both Guadalajara and Accra winning the World Book Capital City title in succession, this was an opportune time to initiate the relationship between the two cities, and most importantly, grow the relationship to impact the people in both cities.

The Mayor and the Ambassador exchanged goodwill gifts to symbolise the beginning of the relationship between Accra and Guadalajara and resolved to work with each other to grow the friendship between Ghana and Mexico.

Present at the meeting were officials of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana, and the Secretariat of the Accra World Book Capital, 2023.

Accra and UNESCO have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Accra World Book Capital, 2023 programme. The MoU was signed by the Mayor of Accra, Mrs Elizabeth Naa Kwaatsoo Sackey, at a brief but impressive ceremony in Accra on 30 November 2021. UNESCO was represented by H.E Mr Abdourahamane Diallo, the Head of Office and Representative of UNESCO to Ghana.

Speaking on the Accra World Book Capital, 2023 (AWBC, 2023) award, Mrs Sackey reiterated her excitement about the honour done Accra and pledged her full commitment to the planning and implementation process to ensure a successful celebration in 2023. She said the whole of the Greater Accra Region was in support of the award and would ensure that the entire country benefits from this award. She also commended UNESCO for their support to Accra and Ghana.

On his part, Mr Diallo congratulated Mrs Sackey on her appointment as Mayor, particularly for being the first female to occupy the position, and further congratulated Accra for winning this prestigious title.  He also commended efforts being made across the West African sub-region in promoting culture and education, with Accra being the third West African city to win the World Book Capital title, coming after Port Harcourt and Conakry. He pledged the support of UNESCO to ensure a successful celebration in 2023.

Present at the ceremony were Mr Ben Armah, the Coordinating Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA); Mr Gabriel Nii Teiko Tagoe, also of the AMA and a member of the AWBC, 2023 Management Team; and Mrs Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura, the Executive Director of the Ghana Book Development Council (GBDC), the implementing agency. Others were Mrs Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh, the Secretary-General of the Ghana Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM); Mr Carl Ampah, UNESCO; Mr Riche-Mike Wellington, NATCOM; and Ms Magdalena Hanna, UNESCO, among others.