Nana Fredua-Agyeman is a 28-year old Ghanaian living in Ghana. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana. Some of his poems have been published in Ghana Today International. In 2006 he discovered Haiku and have had some of his Haiku been published in America, Ireland and in e-zines.
Five Questions with Nana Fredua-Agyeman:
1. How long have you been writing poetry?
I have been writing poetry since 1998, just after my secondary school education.
2. Who are your favourite poets? Which poets have most inspired and informed your work?
My favourite poets are Atukwei Okai, Imomotime Okara, John Donne, Alexander Pope and John Milton. However, the one who has influence my writing is Atukwei Okai. His play with words and sounds attracts me.
3. What do you hope to accomplish with your poetry?
I hope that humanity would step back and observe their actions, whether their actions are helping us achieve the good of humanity. I believe that we have lost the direction as humans and that's what I want to show. In all I hope my poems bring a realisation to people, in all we are all one.
4. How important is the aural element of poetry to you? Is it more important to read a poem, or to hear it?
To me my poems are meant to be read aloud rather than to be heard. This is because of the visual presentation of my work. They speak a lot on paper and it requires passion to read them.
5. Are you working on any new projects or poems that you think our readers might be interested in?
Presently I am compiling a manuscript of my poems. I am also writing Haiku (a kind of Japanese poetry) and have had some of them published in Haiku magazines in America and Ireland and in some e-zines.