Once Upon a Time in Ghana wins ‘Best Book 2014 for older readers’ award
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About the project…
Anna Cottrell went to Ghana early in 2006 as a volunteer within the Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS) programme. From the outset she was very clear in her mind that she wanted to know more about that which the indigenous people do well. What is it that they have to offer and about which we know, at best, very little or even choose to overlook?
So it was that she was introduced to Agbotadua Kumassah (hereafter referred to as Togbi), a chief and local resident born and bred in SE Ghana or Eweland as it is sometimes called rather than the official ‘Volta Region’.
Togbi has a deeply held belief in the importance of storytelling both as a way of bringing a community together on a regular basis and as a link from generation to generation as people share their common inheritance of tales which embody ideas about social structure, about human emotions, about shared values and so on. Let us also not forget the unifying effect of shared entertainment.
Since that first visit to Ghana many positive things have happened, not least of which has been the publication of a book based upon the original recordings of stories told by the villagers in their own language, Ewe and subsequently retold in English.
Entitled Once Upon a Time in Ghana the book is published by Troubador. Price £6.99
All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the storytellers and their communities in the form of self-managed projects (see The Book for more information)