The Organising Secretary of the Ghana Writers Association (GAW), Oswald Okaitei has revealed the union’s disappointment at the Government for a lack of attention to the writing sector
Oswald Okaitei who is also a poet and playwright believes “this beautiful aspect of the creative arts” is been overlooked
In an interview with Joy Fm, the writer expressed “How often do we hear governments mention investment in that aspect? Unfortunately, a lot more people even see writing as sector under education when in actual sense it is sub set of fine art under the universal set of creative art. Its products only benefit the educational sector,”
He would continue by suggesting a conscious effort must be made by the government to make the craft more appealing to bring out talents “There should be a deliberate attempt by governments to make writing attractive as it was in the days that birthed our golden generation of writers—the Efua Sutherlands, Awoonors, Anyidoho’s, Ama Ata Aidoos, among others”
Oswald Okaitei goes on by adding “That in reality, is the portrait of the writers situation in our immediate society. Seeming to be the first time it is being commemorated in Ghana, the Ghana Association of Writers is networking with some media houses to create a sensitization about it. We’re hopeful that in coming years there would be planned activities to commemorate it”
He also reckoned activities been held in the past to celebrate writers “In the past years, there have been pockets of workshops and activities to hold the writing flame glowing. Top of it is the rebirth of the annual GAW Literary Awards that honours works of deserving writers and, seeks to raise another set of golden generation of Ghanaian writers”
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