George Sakyi-Djan was born on January 24th, 1984. He is currently reading Political Science with Theatre Arts in the University of Ghana, Legon. Sakyi-Djan begun writing way back in Perseverance Preparatory School (Nsawam) at age 13. He was, however, greatly influenced by his Achimota Secondly School literature tutor Mr.Ariel Adjabeng (Ringo). George Sakyi-Djan is a poet, playwright, and script writer. He is well known in the United States and the United Kingdom for his great contributions to the annual poetry anthology of the International Society of Poetry, in the United States. Apart from writing, Sakyi-Djan wants to practice law and also be in government in the future.
Five Questions with George Sakyi-Djan:
1. How long have you been writing poetry?
I started writing poems in 1998 but they were in the form of rhymed letters. My actual poetry documentation began in 2000, while attending Achimota School, with my poem entitled "A Message of Love."
2. Who are your favorite poets? Which poets have most inspired you and informed your work?
Poets like William Shakespeare really inspired me. In Ghana, the work of poets like Kofi Anyidoho has really influenced me.
3. What is your opinion about the state of poetry in Ghana today? The state of poetry on the campus at the University of Ghana, Legon?
Poetry in Ghana is virtually dead. So is poetry on the University of Ghana campus. Articles are more cherished on campus than poetry.
4. What is it that draws you to write about your city, Accra?
My poem "Like Accra" was writting as my daily observation of the filthy nature of the capital Accra and other African capitals, hence the title "Like Accra."
5. You note in your bio that you would like to be a politician. What role do you think poetry plays, or should play, in Ghanaian politics?
The role poetry can play in politics is that poetry could be employed to praise and condemn politicians and politics when necessary.