Nana Agyemang Ofosu, born on February 3rd, 1985 in Kumasi, Ghana, is a young poet. He holds a degree in civil engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of science and technology and is currently honoring his national service at the Department of Urban Roads, Kumasi. As a student of science, he accidentally discovered his interest in poetry when he made a bad comment about a poetry piece of his younger brother. He is a member of an open mic poetry team in Kumasi and also a founding member of Unified Talents, the organizers of Open Mic Poetry.
Five Questions with Nana Agyemang Ofosu:
1. How long have you been writing poetry?
I started writing in first semester of my final year in the university in 2007 with the title "Rose Remembered." A piece put together after reading excerpts of works of Lord Byron and John Donne.
2. Who are your favorite poets? Which poets have most informed and inspired your work?
It is no doubt Lord Byron and John Donne.
3. What do you hope to accomplish with your poetry?
I think I am already seeing what I expected from my work. Poetry has helped me meet people who share dreams like I do. This dream has carried us to a point of realizing the project Open Mic Poetry in July.
4. What do you think of the state of poetry in Ghana today?
With my current tour, I think there is hope for a better tomorrow. People have the interest but do not have the opportunity to show what they have. What is needed is the platform to give them the due advantage. I think people should work harder to provide for others the chance to be heard.
5. Are you working on any new projects or poems that your think our readers might be interested in?
I am part of a team embarking on a project dubbed Open Mic Poetry. The project is far advanced but we are expecting help from everyone interested in live performance.