SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE OF THE YEAR 2016” GOES TO OSWALD
Oswald Okaitei, with four years of active poetry/spoken word life, is due to take the 5th prestigious award in his career. This time, it is “Pan-African Poet/Spoken word artist of the Year” award and will be given to him almost a month after he’s taken his 4th award in Lagos, Nigeria.
Oswald Okaitei, who is a World Poetry & Canada International Director in Ghana and one of the vibrant youth who are creating employment in poetry/ Spoken word in the country has for the past times, conceptualized, directed and produced different poems by Prof. Lade Wosornu in a one act captioned The Lade’s Capsule and staged Ete, another poem by Prof. Lade Wosornu. Oswald has also selected and staged poems by different poets including Prof. Awoonor, Prof. Anyidoho, Prof. Lade Wosornu and Dr. Mawuli Adzei in another piece titled “The Dark June Third” to commemorate the One year Anniversary of the June 3rd Disaster in Ghana. He recently represented Ghana in the just ended Ugadan (Babishai Niwe) Poetry Festival where he ran a workshop on Poetry Entrepreneurship, participated in a panel discussion that seeks to promote a poetry caravan across Africa and performed.
He has shared performing platforms with astute poets/spoken word artitses as Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Prof. Atukwei Okai, Prof. Lade Wosornu, Muta Baruka and Rocky Dawuni among others.
In a letter sent to Oswald, Dr. Henry K. Mensah, Selection Committee Chairman, stated:
“On behalf of the Steering committee and the organizing committee of the OSAGYEFO CORPORATE FESTIVAL AND PAN AFRICAN EMINENCE AWARDS, congratulations on being chosen for the 2016 PAN AFRICAN EMINENCE AWARDS. You (OSWALD OKAITEI) were chosen because of your immense contribution in promoting poetry through artistic and rhythmic character of verbal communication by the use of phonaesthetics, sound symbolism and metre which tends to induce meanings in addition to, or in place of prosaic professed meaning. Many pan-African poet and spoken word artistes were nominated and through comprehensive research and gathered information, the Selection committee gave careful consideration and you emerged the PAN-AFRICAN POET AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE OF THE YEAR.”
The Awards event is organized by the Confederation of Governance Assessment Institute (COGAI) is a non-profit and non-partisan organization which works to ensure that policies formulated and implemented by governing bodies and public institutions are tailored to meet the socio-economic needs of the people for the achievement of sustainable development.
Some other personalities/institutions to be awarded include Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Former President John Agyekum Kuffuor, Kwesi Pratt Jr,. Amenfiman Rural Bank, Breast Care International among others.
The venue for the Award giving ceremony is the main auditorium of the International Conference Centre on 15th October, 2016; at 1pm and 6pm respectively.