Ghanaian Chronicle

Accra to host Wole Soyinka literature Awards

Date published: November 8, 2012


The Lumina Foundation, the Lagos-based leading literary organisation and administrators of the Wole Soyinka Prize for literature in Africa has chosen Accra as the venue for the next awards ceremony in 2014.

Towards this end, the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) has been invited by the foundation as a partner in the event, and to assist in enhancing the awareness of the prize throughout the content.

The prize, which is intended to recognize and encourage literary excellence, has a monetary value of $20,000 for the winner.

This was disclosed when the CEO of the foundation, Dr. Ogochukwu Promise and the foundation’s Advisory chairman,Ivor Agyeman-Duah called on the Secretary-General of PAWA, Prof. Atukwei Okai, in Accra.

The awards ceremony in Accra, Dr. Promise revealed, would be part of global celebration of works of Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, who would be 80 years old in 2014.

It would include a week of Theatre Arts in Accra, institutional colloquium in Europe and America, a congregation of world leaders and Nobel Laureates, as well as the publication of an anthology of tributes.

Dr.Promise said since the institution of the award in 2005, the Foundation has seen entries jump from 87 to 415 in 2010, from 26 African Countries.

The 2012 Awards Ceremony, which took place in Lagos had as its guest speaker, former Ghanaian President, John Agyekum Kufour, supported by over a 1,000 dignitaries within and outside of Nigeria. A South African journalist, Sifiso Mzobe won this year’s award with his book Young Blood.

PAWA Secretary-General, Prof. Atukwei Okai,on his part  congratulated the Foundation for its work, especially in the rural mobile library sector, which has increase access to reading and great collaboration between the foundation and educational institutions in Nigeria, adding that the Pan African writers Association (PAWA) would work to ensure the success of this worthy event.


The Lumina Foundation, the Lagos-based leading literary organisation and administrators of the Wole Soyinka Prize for literature in Africa has chosen Accra as the venue for the next awards ceremony in 2014.

Towards this end, the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) has been invited by the foundation as a partner in the event, and to assist in enhancing the awareness of the prize throughout the content.

The prize, which is intended to recognize and encourage literary excellence, has a monetary value of $20,000 for the winner.

This was disclosed when the CEO of the foundation, Dr. Ogochukwu Promise and the foundation’s Advisory chairman,Ivor Agyeman-Duah called on the Secretary-General of PAWA, Prof. Atukwei Okai, in Accra.

The awards ceremony in Accra, Dr. Promise revealed, would be part of global celebration of works of Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, who would be 80 years old in 2014.

It would include a week of Theatre Arts in Accra, institutional colloquium in Europe and America, a congregation of world leaders and Nobel Laureates, as well as the publication of an anthology of tributes.

Dr.Promise said since the institution of the award in 2005, the Foundation has seen entries jump from 87 to 415 in 2010, from 26 African Countries.

The 2012 Awards Ceremony, which took place in Lagos had as its guest speaker, former Ghanaian President, John Agyekum Kufour, supported by over a 1,000 dignitaries within and outside of Nigeria. A South African journalist, Sifiso Mzobe won this year’s award with his book Young Blood.

PAWA Secretary-General, Prof. Atukwei Okai,on his part  congratulated the Foundation for its work, especially in the rural mobile library sector, which has increase access to reading and great collaboration between the foundation and educational institutions in Nigeria, adding that the Pan African writers Association (PAWA) would work to ensure the success of this worthy event.

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