Dakpabli readathon outdoors Elizabeth-Irene Baitie

An award-winning Ghanaian author, Elizabeth-Irene Baitie, will this weekend mount the stage to delight book lovers as the latest guest reader of the DAkpabli Public Reading Campaign.

According to a press release copied to ghanabusinews.com, today March 22, 2017 the University of Ghana, Legon Campus edition event is dubbed ‘’Tickling Legon with Nsempiisms’’ and takes place on Saturday March 25 at the Alumni Centre, Ecobank Legon.

Baitie is expected to feature along the regular stars, Nana Awere Damoah and Kofi Akpabli in their first readathon of this second quarter, it said.

A medical laboratory director as well as mother of three children, Baitie lives in Accra with her husband Rami. Awards she has won for her novels include the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa and the Burt Award for African Literature, it noted

The guest reader is expected to thrill the university audience with readings from her works such as A Saint in Brown Sandals”, The Twelfth Heart’, ‘The Dorm Challenge and Rattling in the Closet’.

“We are going to be there in our numbers. A year ago, I was among the participants at their public reading at East Legon and it was an evening of laughter and learning.” Dr. Mawuli Adjei, a Senior Lecturer at the English department of the university was quoted as saying in the release.

“I cannot believe that the DAkpabli Readathon passed us by and visited KNUST last September. I also cannot wait to see their new guest reader, Elizabeth-Irene,” Marie-Franz Nyameke Fordjoe, a Level 400 Political Science student and hostess of the literary program Read a Book on Radio Universe was also quoted as saying in the release.

The DAkpabli Readathon promotes book reading for pleasure as well as local authorship. 

Between them, the two Ghanaian authors have published 12 books. Nana Damoah has recently been voted ‘Author of the Month’ by KWEE, a Liberian Literary magazine, while Kofi Akpabli’s latest work ‘Made In Nima’ has won a place in an African anthology featuring writers from 14 countries which was published by the Commonwealth in London.

By Pamela Ofori-Boateng

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