19th Ghana International Book Fair: Ghanaians invited to cultivate the habit of reading

Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo, National Director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO Ghana), urged pupils and students to cultivate the habit of reading to broaden their minds and make them creative.

He reaffirmed the importance of books and the book industry in Ghana as important to the country’s cultural heritage and the development of its education system.

Books, Mr. Diallo said, generally act as a bridge between past and present, crossing cultures and generations.

Speaking at the 19th Ghana International Book Fair (GIBF) held in Accra on Thursday, the UNESCO Country Director said reading can be magical as it transports people imaginatively into a world where they were exposed to different ideas and cultures.

This year’s theme, “Reforming the Book Industry for the Next Generation,” focuses on discussing strategies to make the future of book publishing meaningful and sustainable.

The four-day fair will feature book exhibits from more than 60 publishing organizations, reading competitions, publisher meetings, DigiRead Diplomats, seminars, a poetry contest, a publisher workshop on maintaining high credible editorial standards, among other major activities.

Mr Diallo said UNESCO continues to advocate for access to books to ensure that all people take refuge in reading so they can increase their verbalized and internalized thoughts through reflection.

He said reforming the book industry meant affecting the value chain within the ecosystem and developing policies for the creative and cultural industry that encompassed all stakeholders to ensure sustainability.

Mr Diallo said publishing had changed over the past decades and those changes were likely to persist and there was a need for the industry to adapt.

Ghana, he revealed, would host the UNESCO World Book Capital in 2023, following an assessment by the World Book Capital Advisory Committee and the focus of the country on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana.

Mr. Asare Konadu Yamoah, President of the Ghana Publishers Association, said the Ghana International Book Fair had made gradual progress since the first edition held in Accra in November 1966 to revive the book industry in Ghana. .

Mr. Yamoah, also Chairman of GIBF, said the fair had provided an excellent opportunity for book industry players to determine the scope of interaction between various interest groups and establish understanding for promotion. Ghanaian cultural heritage through books.

He said the Fair had been a pillar of cultural heritage that had provided the country with an opportunity to showcase its literary works to the world, which had helped the private sector make a significant impact on the Ghanaian book industry.

Ms. Ernestina Lartey Asuinura, Executive Director of the Ghana Book Development Council, said it was essential to read and ensure that people had a love for books, adding that book industry players continued to produce literary works to meet the growing demand for books.

Parents and their wards were seen at various stalls buying books while others took part in reading contests and drama sessions with news anchors guiding them.

Angela C. Hale