Our fourth annual Mini Book Fair was held at the forecourt of our office premises on Wednesday, 22nd July 2015.
This event, which is the fourth to be held since its inception four years ago (2012), was to promote and showcase our expansive range of textbooks and readers for selection by Heads of Schools, Managers of Bookshops and the general public for the 2015/2016 academic year.
This year, a reading clinic was organised as part of the mini fair since book fairs and reading clinics are very vital in preparing children to climb the academic ladder. The reading clinic, which was on a smaller scale as compared to the ‘Story Time with Afram’ held during the Ghana International Book Fair, was attended by pupils from Glorious Shining Star International School, Confidence Academy and Abofu Presby JHS.
The reading clinic was to mentor school children and encourage them to develop the habit of reading to open up their minds, and give them exposure and a better perspective to the things in the world around them. Facilitators included Mrs Ohui Allotey, a resource person from the Ghana Book Development Council; and staff of Afram Publications.
As book fairs and reading clinics are very vital in equipping children to improve upon their academic performances, the reading clinic was included to help build on or inculcate reading habits in school children. Participating pupils spelt words, summarised stories, learnt the meanings and usage of new words, read and told stories, and answered questions from resource persons.
Mr Richard Atobrah, the Sales and Marketing Manager of the company said the reading clinic is a laudable step in promoting the reading culture in children and commended the schools for honouring the invitation.
Afram Publications (Ghana) Limited (APL) in partnership with the Efo Kodjo Mawugbe Foundation (EKM) has launched two books he authored, at the Dance Hall of the National Theatre on Tuesday 21st April, 2015.
Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy, Chairperson of our board said the gathering was to celebrate a life that made an impact and continues to do so on those who appreciate and value the arts. She referred to the popular Akan adage that says people’s tongues don’t rot when they die and reminded the gathering that the deeds and words of great personalities live forever only if the living amplifies what the words say and do. She said, “The best way to support this sort of effort is to buy the books and distribute them to young people, get them into the schools, onto the stage and into the hands, minds and hearts of people”.
‘My Father’s Song’ (Papa Ayivi’s Song) was the only novel written by Efo Kodjo Mawugbe. The story is told from a song Mawugbe’s gather, Papa Ayivi, composed and sang to him when he was young. It is a tale that hinges on honesty.
The second book, ‘Prison Graduates’, a political satire set in Ghana, won Efo Kodjo the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition in 2009. It tackles serious issues such as the obsession with travelling abroad for greener pastures and the ways of wily pastors and their gullible audience, in a light vein.
Efo Kodjo Mawugbe dedicated the ‘Prison Graduates’ to journalist Kwesi Pratt and he was there to buy the first copies of both books.
We are very happy to have published the two hitherto unpublished works of Efo Kodjo Mawugbe and are working with the Efo Kodjo Mawugbe Foundation (EKM) on the possibility of publishing more of the award-winning writer’s nineteen (19) unpublished plays.
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Afram Publications (Ghana) Limited, has presented books worth GH¢4,000 to the Abofu Presby Basic School, near Achimota, in Accra.
The books include English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Environmental Studies and Religious and Moral Education course books, and varied supplementary readers for primary and junior high schools.
Presenting the books, the Sales and Marketing Manager of Afram Publications, Mr. Richard Atobrah, said the gesture was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility activities. He added that the company’s ultimate aim is to help enhance the academic performance of school children and give more pupils the opportunity to access the quality material.
He mentioned that books published by the company are very relevant to the cultural and ethical upbringing of children in the Ghanaian society and beyond and encouraged the children to make use of the books for their benefit. He indicated that reading clubs were very useful in inculcating reading habits in pupils, adding that reading enables pupils have control over the English language. He recommended that the school establish a reading club to promote reading among the pupils.
The Assistant Headmaster of the school, Mr. Emmanuel Armah, who received the books on behalf of the school, lauded the gesture of the company and gave an assurance that the books would be handled properly and be made available to pupils.