As we celebrate Ghana’s Independence day anniversary today.
I chose to inform my Saturday reading class, yesterday, about this exceptional children’s author, playwright (storyteller) and generally an Arts advocate. It was our short history lesson and they participated by interacting with her play and taking notes.
My initial wondering was to find out how much local children know about the many local writers and playwrights. Efua Sutherland , a Ghanaian, was an amazing woman, her achievements spread all over our land, but believe it or not she is not as well known amongst the local children.
It made me glad we were able to celebrate her especially on such an occasion (Ghana’s Independence Day Anniversary). This introduction was crowned by playing an interview of Efua Sutherland recorded a while ago. The children heard her speak about one of her areas of focus, which was advocating books that allow children to appreciate their identity. This is now a common discussion topic and shows what a forward thinking individual she was, even in the late 1950s to the 1990s. She had many other important accolades.
We also read part of one of her rhythmic plays, Tahinta and pointed out her parks in the city with one formally named after her, in the central area of the city (Accra).
My writing journey has sent me, making many discoveries and this is one of them.