EFO MAWUGBE TO BE HONOURED BY PAWA AND BBC
The Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) will tomorrow organize an evening of writers at PAWA House in Accra to honour Efo Kwadwo Mawugbe, one of Ghana’s most prolific creative writers of the time.
The Night with Efo Mawugbe is in recognition of the honours the writer has brought upon Ghana by winning first prize in a world-wide creative writing competition organized by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service recently.
Efo’s play, PRISON GRADUATE, was picked from among some 400 entries from all over the world in the category of writers writing in ‘English As A Second Language’.
The profile playwright leaves Accra on October 9 with his family to the UK to pick up the award. His itinerary in the UK will include a session at Bush House, London, during which he will watch a live recording of the award-winning play on BBC. Thereafter, he will interact with the producers and the actors.
The award ceremony comes off on October on 13 at Bush House, London.
An emotionally satisfied Efo, currently recovering from a thigh injury from a freak accident in the Central Region last April, told the Times yesterday that the award “makes me feel that at long last, recognition is coming to Ghana. It also shows that Ghanaian literature has come of age”. His last statement was against the backdrop of the fact that until now, nearly all international awards and recognitions have gone to Nigerian or East African Writers.
Efo Mawugbe, currently the Deputy Executive Director (Artistic) of the National Theatre of Ghana, wrote his first play in secondary school in 1969 for an Inter-House Drama competition.
In his adult life, some of his plays have cut the conscience of the country, the most notable being ALUTA CONTINUA, a play about how highly placed personalities influence the posting of their wards for national service in the cities.
Meanwhile, Efo’s second most produced play, IN THE CHEST OF THE WOMAN, has been selected for use in Core English in Senior High Schools in the country. At tomorrow’s ceremony at PAWA House, this play will be reviewed by two renowned scholars from the University of Ghana – Dr. Osei Agyemang and Dr. Awo Asiedu.
Ghanaian Times - page: 7 Tuesday, September 29, 2009