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Celebrations All Around

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.

10 responses to “Celebrations All Around”

  1. Kristi Lonheim Avatar
    Kristi Lonheim

    Your post sent me to do some research. What a remarkable woman. Thank you for bringing her into my awareness. How appropriate for International Women’s Month. And, coincidentally, my post today also touched on representation. Not only was Efua Sutherland a forerunner, the fact that, as a woman, she had a voice that was heard in the time is very impactful.

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  2. Before I met you, Juliette, my knowledge of Ghana was limited to “It’s in Africa.” I love how much I have learned from you so far, and look forward to learning even more. I am now off to do some Googling! Thank you so much!

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  3. Happy Independence Day. Thank you for the tidbits of history that have me wanting more. I will also be doing some follow-up research thanks to you.

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  4. Thank you for sharing, I learned so much, and can’t wait to read more of your posts.

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  5. Happy Independence Day, Juliette! I am so glad that you continue to write and share information about Ghana here. These first person stories offer a way to learn and grow in one’s understanding of other cultures. It reminds me of the wisdom of an Indigenous Elder in Canada who spoke about dinner table conversations with Canadians – he was talking about the truth and reconciliation – “one heart at a time”.

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  6. Happy Independence Day! A student from Ghana recently enrolled in my school. She was amazed when I asked her about Accra and what her favorite dishes are. Thanks to your post, I’ll have to see if I can find this book to share with her or, at the very least, wish her a belated happy independence day.

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  7. Juliette,
    This is the first time I have read your blog. I am delighted! I’ll be returning for more.

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  8. Thank you for sharing Efua. She sounds like a remarkable woman. I hope to read more about her from you…(hint-hint).

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  9. Happy Independence Day! Thank you for sharing this slice. I always learn something new from you.

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  10. Read this as though I were sitting under a tree at Mmofra. Thank you for the vivid reminder and happy Independence Day J! 😉

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I am am Elementary school teacher at an International IB School in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. I write with groups of writers, such as Teach Write.


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