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Accra (Ghana) and Guadalajara (Mexico) have initiated a project to promote authorship, books and reading. The project involves the exchange of stories, poems, books and authors between the two World Book Capitals. The project will also involve a possible translation of books from each of the two Book Capitals into the other’s language.
As a first step, stories/books by selected Ghanaian authors are to be promoted in Mexico through reading sessions, live tv and radio interviews, in-person author sessions with the reading public, and other engagements.
Subsequently, the project will also involve the publication of an anthology of stories and poems by children from the two Book Capitals. The aim of the project is to promote reading, introduce readers in the two World Book Capitals to each other’s books, authors and culture. The project was jointly initiated by Martin Solares and Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura (the Coordinators of the Guadalajara World Book Capital, 2022 and Accra World Book Capital, 2023 respectively). The first set of three books by Ghanaian authors has since been shortlisted in collaboration with the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW), for the commencement of the project. 

 

Ernesticia (right) and Martin (left) after a meeting in the office of the Mayor of Guadalajara (Mexico) in April 2022.

Ernesticia (right) and Martin (left) after a meeting in the office of the Mayor of Guadalajara (Mexico) in April 2022.

 

Martin (right) and Ernesticia (middle) at the closing ceremony of the Tbilisi World Book Capital held in Tbilisi (Georgia) in April 2022. Also in the picture is Ninia Matcharashvili (Coordinator, Tbilisi World Book Capital, 2021).

Martin (right) and Ernesticia (middle) at the closing ceremony of the Tbilisi World Book Capital held in Tbilisi (Georgia) in April 2022. Also in the picture is Ninia Matcharashvili (Coordinator, Tbilisi World Book Capital, 2021).

Ms Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura (Executive Director, GBDC) and the Mayor of Accra in the office of the Mayor of Guadalajara as part of the opening of the Guadalajara World Book Capital,2022 and the initiation of a sister-city relationship between Accra and Guadalajara (Mexico).
The was trip sponsored by Mayor of Guadalajara (through the embassy of Mexico in Accra).

The Mayor delivering the closing speech at the Tbilisi World Book Capital, 2021 closing ceremony.

A delegation from Accra World Book Capital, 2023, led by the Mayor of Accra, Hon. Mrs Elizabeth Naa Kwaatso Tawiah Sackey was at  the closing ceremony of the Tbilisi World Book Capital 2021.

 

 

The Ghana Book Development Council and collaborative partners such as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the Ghana Publishers Association, the Ghana Association of Writers, the Copyright Ghana, and the UNESCO Ghana, have today, Monday April 25, 2022, commemorated this year’s World Book and Copyright Day at Omanye Aba Hall, Accra Metropolitan Assembly Head Office, Accra.

The World Book and Copyright Day is an important day celebrated by member states of the United Nations (UN). Among other reasons, the event is organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), every year, to promote reading, publishing and copyright. All over the world, books and reading are celebrated; and reading and its related activities are undertaken on the day by member states to celebrate the importance of books and reading.

The event which was organized under the theme “Reading to Develop Minds” saw the attendance of officials of AMA, officials of the UNESCO Ghana, the book industry practitioners, promoters of reading, teachers, officials of Ghana Education Service, school children and the media. Activities conducted to mark the day included a symposium which focused on the prospects of Accra World Book Capital 2023 title. A reading and creative writing session was also conducted for the participating school children.

In Ghana, the commemoration of the day has become more significant because of the designation of Accra (Ghana) as the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2023. The designation is meant to promote the local book industry, libraries, books, reading, awareness on literacy, and a lively book culture. The UNESCO World Book Capital title is also used to promote tourism, and draw national and international attention to the literary heritage of the city and nation. The bidding for the designation is always competitive, and thus winning the title represents an important symbolic acknowledgement for the city and country as whole.

The organisers of the event also used the opportunity to congratulate the city of Guadalajara on their official opening of the Guadalajara World Book Capital 2022 on April 23, 2022 and wished them well in the year-long celebration.

The Ambassador of Mexico to Ghana, His Excellency, Mr. Enrique Escorza has visited the Secretariat of the Accra World Book Capital 2023 (AWBC, 2023) to extend an invitation to Mrs. Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura, Executive Director of the Ghana Book Development Council, to the official opening of Guadalajara World Book Capital, 2022 in April 2022.  Conveying the invitation letter from Mr. Jesús Pablo Lemus Navarro, the Mayor of Guadalajara, to Mrs. Asuinura on 25th March 2022, His Excellency Mr. Escorza reiterated his desire to see a sister-city relationship between Accra and Guadalajara beyond the world book capital celebration.

In response, Mrs. Asuinura expressed her appreciation to His Excellency, Mr. Enrique Escorza for the visit and the invitation, and further to Mr. Jesús Pablo Lemus Navarro. She said the partnership with Guadalajara World Book Capital, 2022 will afford the AWBC, 23 Secretariat the opportunity to share ideas and best practices for their mutual benefit. In addition, she was looking forward to the partnership benefiting the book industry in both cities and the two countries.

Present at the meeting was the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana, Mr. Arturo Salazar. The others were Ms. Mavis Asante and Mr. Kofi Asante Twumasi, both of the AWBC, 2023 Secretariat.

Publicity of Accra's designation as UNESCO World Book Capital, 2023 to the international community is ongoing at the Ghana stand (opportunity district) of Expo 2020 Dubai.

The city also intends to use the platform to attract investors/partners/collaborators/sponsors for the various projects earmarked for the title year.