Young Ghanaians are gradually fanning the dying embers of poetry back into yellow flames, and it is a good feeling to know that Northern Ghana has a representation in this rescue mission. Emmanuel Asakinaba received a mention at the maiden Kofi Awoonor Literary Prize for his manuscript, I am a Frafra and Other Poems. He is a student of the University of Ghana, and a columnist.
Knowing that identity is one of the qualities of excellence in the works of art, we are sure that his collection will have us perusing its pages over and over again.
The Kofi Awoonor Prize was inaugurated this year in honour of the legendary poet. It received so many astute submissions, which keeps us grinning that poetry is alive.
The results of the prize was announced at a star-studded event at Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra as part of the Storymoja Festival 2016 by Professor Gordon S K Adika, Convenor of Panel Judges. The ultimate winner received a cash prize of GH ¢ 5,000.
Children of a Lesser God by Jude Sebeh-Boateng
I am a Frafra and Other Poems – Emmanuel Asakinaba
Of this and other rivers – Kwabena Agyare Yeboah
Wo yɛ me deɛn – Hannah Amma Konadu Anarfi
Embers of fireflies – Adjei Agyei-Baah
2nd runner-up – Sometimes Death Dies – Agbozo Edzordzi
1st runner-up – Muliebrity – Maame Adwoa Amoa Marfo
Winner – The Other Butterflies – Sarpong Kumankoma
Congratulations to all!
BY BLESSMOND ALEBNA AYINBIRE