#PaGya Literary Festival in Accra: 3 Observations

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#PaGya Literary Festival in Accra

This weekend the new literary festival PaGya (I believe the meaning is “To light a fire” in Akan) organized by Writers Project Ghana happened. Here are my impressions.

1. So many literature lovers and writers!

#PaGya guest Writers using by the pool. No one's swimming. @NiqMhlongo @mokaewriter @kajsaha https://t.co/BjS2KoAYTd

#PaGya guest Writers using by the pool. No one’s swimming. @NiqMhlongo@mokaewriter @kajsaha pic.twitter.com/BjS2KoAYTd
  
The first night I stumbled into the company of several of the international guests and stayed way longer than planned…
Comment from the floor, “the publisher doesn’t sell or promote my book, I will self publish next time!” Here’s @eimasuen‘s response. #PaGyapic.twitter.com/BDR6g0w9Yv

Happening now on Day 2 of #Pagya. An interaction with contemporary writers. Sitting by me is @NJBraso. Another contemporary.?. https://t.co/S0fVxnQHK9

Happening now on Day 2 of #Pagya. An interaction with contemporary writers. Sitting by me is @NJBraso. Another contemporary.?. pic.twitter.com/S0fVxnQHK9

#pagya panel on 'sex, love and nontraditional relationships in Ghana https://t.co/5Pb2fBKWqt

#pagya panel on ‘sex, love and nontraditional relationships in Ghana pic.twitter.com/5Pb2fBKWqt

Celestine reads her Haiku. Day 3 of #Pagya https://t.co/xDIZN4aiRn

Celestine reads her Haiku. Day 3 of #Pagya pic.twitter.com/xDIZN4aiRn

Final poetry session here at #pagya... Ending in about 10 minutes... https://t.co/wdYK3lh7NC

Final poetry session here at #pagya… Ending in about 10 minutes… pic.twitter.com/wdYK3lh7NC
 2. So many good books to buy
Our Logistics Manager seems to be enjoying Ghana a little too much here…?? Work resumes today #Throwback to #pagya Literary festival! ?pic.twitter.com/Ywn04GhAtnhttps://t.co/Ywn04Gpic.twitter.com/Ywn04GhAtn
Head over to my instagram to see what books I walked home with: instagram.com/kajsaha
3. The lit-scene is coming alive in Ghana..
…or as Andy said it, it is lit!
A really lit literary festival happening in Accra, Ghana, dubbed #Pagya.

6 MONTHS AGO

 I was totally impressed with the scale of this wholly new initiative: three full days, workshops, panels, readings, book fair, international guests and great conversation everywhere. Thank you dear organizers: Martin, Elizabeth, the entire Writers Project Ghana, you really did well! It was fire!
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