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The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, on 12th September 2022, in a pre-recorded speech, informed participants of the Regional Conference of African National Commissions for UNESCO of Accra’s designation as the UNESCO World Book Capital, 2023. He used the platform to invite participants to join Accra, Ghana during the yearlong celebration. 

 

 

The Ghana International Book Fair (GIBF) is an annual event organised to celebrate the rich Ghanaian culture through books.

The theme for this year book fair was “Reforming the Book industry for the Future Generation”.

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.

COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE OF UNESCO VISITS ACCRA WORLD BOOK CAPITAL 2023 SECRETARIAT

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.

COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE OF UNESCO VISITS ACCRA WORLD BOOK CAPITAL 2023 SECRETARIAT

 

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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Topic: WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY 2022 ( READING TO DEVELOP MINDS)
Time: Apr 25, 2022 10:00 AM Greenwich Mean Time

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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.