Kofi AkpabliCNN award-winning writer, Kofi Akpabli, has questioned the state and availability of Ghana?s libraries, following the lack of interest in reading among the citizenry.

?Mr. Akpabli made this assertion and more when novel enthusiasts, Nana Awere Damoah, the media and he converged at Ridge in Accra for a book reading session.

According to him, there are virtually few libraries in the country and even the few have serious infrastructural challenges.

He regretted the death of reading habits among the Ghanaian populace, particularly adults, adding that reading does not necessarily connote reading academic materials but taking time to read novels and peruse important documents.

The ace writer used the opportunity to lash out at the media for what he said was the lack or little attention given to literature.

He, therefore, urged the media to consider them as part of their programmes [for TV and radio] and columns in newspapers.

Corporate Ghana was not left out of the list of groups relegating reading to the rear.

Mr. Akpabli asked companies to change their reward systems to include the addition of books.

?Companies can add books to hampers prepared for clients or staff; that will tell the recipient the value the organisation places on reading,? he said. ????

Another prolific writer, Nana Awere Damoah, also said the media was not helping them and that in Nigeria,?The Punch?newspaper dedicates a page to literature but the case is different in Ghana.

He appealed to the media for airtime to review and discuss literature.

Mr. Damoah urged parents to encourage their wards to read further, stressing that they should buy books that have movies made out of them.

The two [Nana Awere Damoah and Kofi Akpabli] read their books,?I speak of Ghana;?Romancing Ghanaland?respectively to the admiration of the participants.

The reading was done under the Writers Project.

Mr. Akpabli has been writing for 8 years; the two have eight books together.

They two noted that they felt their readers should feel their presence hence the book reading.

Hourly readings were done from 10 A. M. to 4 P. M.

The books read touched on the Ghanaian attitude towards work and social relationships.

Service providers like Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) were not spared in even the pages of novels.

Messrs Akpabli and Damoah autographed books readers bought at the event.

Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/NEWS DESK

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