This year’s Accra International Book Festival (AIBF) which took place on Saturday, March 30, saw the unveiling of top 27 books written by Ghanaian authors. The books, as acknowledged during the event are nominated and selected books by the AIBF board which have had the greatest impact on individuals and the society and were written between 1992 and now.
Below is the list:
- My First Coup d’Etat by John Dramani Mahama
- Mandela the Spear and Other Poems by Professor Atukwei Okai
- The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems by Kofi Awoonor
- End of the tunnel by Peggy Oppong
- Faceless by Amma Darko
- The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah
- Blood Invasion by Lawrence Darmani
- The Twelfth Heart by Elizabeth Irene Baitie
- Big Bishop Roko and the Altar Gangsters by Kojo Laing
- Freedom Symphony: Selected and New Love Poems by Professor Atukwei Okai
- Seasons of beento blackbird by Akosua Busia
- The Kaya-Girl by Mamle Wolo
- Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
- Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
- The Justice by Boakyewaa Glover
- Ghana Must Go by Tayie Selassie
- A Silent Heritage by Letitia Obeng
- Haiku Rhapsodies (Verses from Ghana) by Celestine Nudanu
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- Definition of a miracle by Farida Bedwei
- Sam, A Life of Service to God and Country by Sam Okudzeto with Franka-Maria Andoh
- A Sense of Savannah by Kofi Akpabli
- Major Gentl and the Achimota Wars by Kojo Laing
- True Murder by Yaba Badoe
- Half-blood blues by Esi Edugyan
- Sundowners by Lesley Lokko
- The African agenda by Camynta Baezie
Also, as part of this year’s event, two authors, Brooke C. Obi, an American Author, and Ghanaian author, Celestine Nudanu were awarded the AIBF Independent Book Writer Award and the First Book Award respectively.
The winning package for the Independent Book Writer included a thousand-dollar prize, a contract from the AIBF publishing house and purchase of 200 pieces of the winner’s books.
The First Book Award winner, Celestine Nudanu was also presented a hundred-dollar prize and a purchase of 200 pieces of her book, Haiku Rhapsodies (Verses from Ghana).
Presentation of the award was done by the Chairman of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Ms. Josephine Nkrumah.
By: Linda Mensah and Stella Dziedzorm | universnewsroom