Winners of the 6th Annual Burt Award for African Literature in Ghana honoured

Rattling in the Closet, Red Spectacles Knows and The Step Monster represent the diverse range of winning titles at the 6th Annual Burt Award for African Literature in Ghana.

The event – created to recognize excellence in young adult literature –was organized by CODE’s partner in Ghana, The Ghana Book Trust and the Canadian High Commission and was held at 2 p.m. on September 28th at the British Council Hall in Accra.

1st prize winner Ruby Yayra Goka

First prize went to Ruby Yayra Goka – a dentist by profession -  for The Step Monster – a 149-page book about a young girl who thinks her widowed father is getting remarried much too soon after her Mother’s passing.

Author Elizabeth-Irene Baitie with Burt Award prize

Author Elizabeth-Irene Baitie –a professional biochemist and new sensation in contemporary Ghanaian and African literature took second prize for her book Ratting in the Closet – a series of thoughtful- and sometimes painful- dialogues between two best friends.

Nii Kpani receives prize for Red Spectacles

Nii Kpani’s Red Spectacles – a mystery/adventure story about two brothers Dusty and Motion trying to solve the mystery of a friends’ missing sister won third-prize. Mr. Kpani is also a biochemist by profession and studied Science at Achimota Secondary School.

Ghana Burt Award ceremony dignitaries

Joining in the celebration were dignitaries Mr. Nat Nuno-Amarteifio, Former Mayor of Accra, High Commissioner to Ghana, Heather Cameron, and Mrs. Yvonne Appiah, Chairperson of the Ghana Book Trust.

Ghana Burt Award winning books on display

The Burt Awards were launched in Ghana 4 years ago and are part of the Burt Awards for African Literature program – created by CODE through the support of Canadian philanthropist Bill Burt. The Awards program was launched to help fill the gap in the shortage of culturally relevant fiction for young adult readers and to promote a love of reading among youth.

Ghana Burt Award winning authors


@CODE_BurtAward | #BurtAward

“Canada recognizes critical role literature plays in the discussion of important ideas & in shaping the identity of a country” @HCameronGH
— Canada In Ghana (@CanHCGhana) September 30, 2016

These award winning Ghanaian books for youth are on my #DiverseShelfie#Burtawards
— Heather Cameron (@HCameronGH) September 30, 2016

Gives me a warm feeling to think of other authors winning other #BurtAwards across the world.
— U of R Press (@UofRPress) September 30, 2016

Nii Kpani Addy is the 3rd Prize Winner of 2015 Burt Awards for African Literature! @codecan_org @AskBridgeHouse @YinkaEdumark
— Lantern Books (@MyLanternBooks) September 30, 2016

.@HCameronGH with @codecan_org and the Ghana Book Trust at the 6th Burt Awards for African Literature – Congrats to all the winners!
— Canada In Ghana (@CanHCGhana) September 30, 2016

These award winning Ghanaian books for youth are on my #DiverseShelfie#Burtawards
— Heather Cameron (@HCameronGH) September 30, 2016

Three Ghanaian writers honoured by Canadian philanthropist: #BurtAward #YALit @HCameronGH @MyLanternBooks
— CODE (@codecan_org) October 2, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016
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