Call for favourite poems of 2007:
Which was your favourite poem featured on OGOV in 2007? Please take a look through our archives and send your vote, along with a short message as to why the poem is your pick, to oneghanaonevoice(at)gmail.com, subject line: Favourite Poem 2007.
The deadline for votes is December 28th, 2007. Results will be posted the following day.
December 15th, 2007: A note on commenting: We really appreciate all the comments being made on the site, and want to encourage everyone to keep it up! Our one slight concern is that a large percentage of our comments are from people who identify themselves as "Anonymous". This is fine, but we want to encourage people to identify themselves so that we can have good conversations and keep track of who is saying what. You do not need to sign up for a Google account to enter your name - when you are writing a comment, all you have to do is select the option "Nickname" (as opposed to "Anonymous") and type your name in there.
December 7th, 2007:
Zimbabwe Hosts African Book and Poetry Festival
The African Drums Book and Poetry Festival is the brain-child of Mbizo Chirasha, a Zvishavane-born performing poet in Zimbabwe, and One Ghana One Voice co-founder Julian Adomako-Gyimah of Ghana. Mbizo Chirasha reports that "the project seeks to promote poetry collaboration and integration within Southern Africa," and the involvement of Ghana gives this important event a Pan-Africanist feel.
Taking place at Alliance Francaise, this poetry explosion runs from December 10 to 12, exploring creative skills development, seminars on poetry, performances, and reading explosions by poets from Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia.
"Poets need to come together and celebrate the energy and culture of words", Chirasha wrote in an email.
To speak at opinion seminars are writers and teachers of literature like Dr Chivaura, Musa Zimunya, Memory Chirere (of the University of Zimbabwe), Albert Nyathi (a founding member of the Budding Writers Association of Zimbabwe), and Celia Winter Irving, among others. Poetry performers include Zimbabweans Julius Chingono, and Batsirai Chigama; Sussana Himbala (Namibia), Simon Longwe (Zambia); Blackpoet, Black Heat, Manikongo; and Zimbabwean musician Rusere.
10 December: seminar day 1030am-230pm/reading evening
11 December: workshop day 1030-/poetry reading evening
12 December: AFRICAN DRUMS POETRY EXPLOSION/630pm-1130pm.
October 10th, 2007: A call for poems by children and youth: we are preparing a one-week focus on poetry on Ghana written by Ghanaian and international children and youth. Submissions by anyone 16 and under will be accepted for this special focus. If you are interested in submitting, either for yourself or for a child writer you know, please review our submission guidelines.
September 30th, 2007: We have been added to the listings at BestEzines.com. Please take a moment to visit our page and rate the site (and, if you are really keen, write a review!).
September 29th, 2007: A call for poems on Keta: we are looking to do a special, month-long focus on poems about the coastal town of Keta - so often referenced and studied by poets in the past. If you have something you would like to submit, please check out our submission guidelines.
September 17th, 2007: We've reached 10,000 hits on this site! Thanks to all our readers and writers for helping us hit this target far faster than we anticipated!
August 26th, 2007: Two new features have been added to OGOV. First, we have created an archive for our "Time with the Philosophers" quotes, which can be read here. Second, in order to encourage comments on this site, we have added a "Recent Comments from Readers" section in our sidebar - please take a look and join the conversation yourself!
August 7th, 2007: Despite an almost doubling of our readership over the past month, the number of comments left on our posts has been in quite a decline! Please note that we encourage you to comment on poems by clicking the "# Comments" link at the bottom of a given posting.
July 8th, 2007: Our "Links" page has been expanded to include authors' personal sites and links to sites where you can buy their books. If you'd like a similar link, let us know at oneghanaonevoice(at)gmail.com.
June 26th, 2007: Duotrope's Digest, one of the world's best listing services for literary magazines, has created a page for One Ghana, One Voice! Take a look here.
If you aren't yet familiar with Duotrope, please visit the site. It allows you not only to look up magazines which you can send you poetry to, but also to track your submissions and record how long it takes magazines to respond!
June 22nd, 2007: We're pleased to announce that One Ghana, One Voice has moved! When typing our address, you no longer need to type ".blogspot". Our new address is http://oneghanaonevoice.com.
Don't worry though, you can still enter the old "http://oneghanaonevoice.blogspot.com", and it will automatically forward you to the new address.
June 21st, 2007: We are currently attempting a move from the address "oneghanaonevoice.blogspot.com" to "oneghanaonevoice.com", but frustrating complications are emerging. Occasionally the site may go down over the coming days, please bear with us.
June 4th, 2007: We received the following advert for an event in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. If you live in that area, we hope you can attend:
Comfort Foundation Presents the second annual
International Day of the African Child
Date: June 17 2007
Host: Nana Yeboaa
Kwame Stephens: poet and story teller
Joseph Addae: drummer/story teller
Anna Aidoo: motivational speaker
Venue: Knowledge Bookstore
(Liberation Lounge, 177 Queen St. W. in Downtown Brampton)
Time: 1-5 pm
Come let’s have fun whilst learning from our elders
Fun and games for all: children and adults alike
Prizes will be awarded for who is who in African knowledge
June 1st, 2007: We have a new header! Thanks go to Marta Iniewska for the photo, which is from Accra's coastline.
May 29th, 2007: We've added a new feature to the site: receive the latest One Ghana, One Voice poem and profile as a weekly e-mail! To sign up just type your e-mail address in the box on the sidebar.
May 15th, 2007: The request for a poem to be read at the Orlando, Florida "Ghana @ 50" celebration, posted a couple of months ago here in our "News and Notices" section, was a success! A poem by our very own Julian Adomako-Gyimah entitled "The Beautiful Child" was read to the celebrants in Orlando. Congratulations, Julian!
April 24th, 07: One of the interesting developments that has come out of One Ghana, One Voice is the diverse influences poets have mentioned in their Author Profiles. Only five issues in, we have already had authors reference artistic influences as diverse as Kofi Awoonor, Mos Def and Erica Jong.
To encourage more exploration of these "influential" artists, from now on all artists mentioned by authors in their profiles will be hyperlinked to their biographical information. The author profiles in the archives have been retroactively hyperlinked as well. Enjoy!
April 13th, 07: Help promote One Ghana, One Voice! E-mail us at oneghanaonevoice(at)gmail.com, and we'll send you a poster you can print off and post in your community.
April 3rd, 07: The Writers' Fund of Ghana is trying to collect 59 books as reference resources for emerging writers in Ghana. If you'd like more information, or if you're interested in donating, click here. They are also looking for donations to their general fund.
March 27th, 07: We are looking for famous Ghanaian or Pan-African quotations for our "Time with the Philosophers" section. Suggestions can be sent to us at oneghanaonevoice(at)gmail.com. Subject line: "Quotation".
March 13th, 07: The Ghana @ 50 organizing committee in Orlando, Florida is looking for an appropriate poem to read as part of it's celebrations. Suggestions can be sent to oneghanaonevoice(at)gmail.com. Subject line: "GHANA @ 50".
March 13th, 07: We are looking for biographical information on Ghanaian poet Andrew Amankwa Opoku. Any information on Mr. Opoku can be sent to one ghanaonevoice(at)gmail.com. Subject line: "AA Opoku".