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LOCAL NEWS: Otabil Charges African Youth To Write


Founder of the International Central Gospel Church, Dr. Mensah Anamua Otabil, has urged the youth to cultivate the habit of writing.


Dr. Otabil was speaking at the launch of 'Jungle Dance'- a novel by Petra Aba Asamoah. He acknowledged the literary work of some African writers, explaining that they have contributed immensely to the list of timeless novels.


Dr.Otabil, who is also a motivational speaker said having more writers will be a plus for the African continent. He noted that the love for literature among the young should go beyond reading.


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"Looking at the African literature that started in the late 50s and 60s and sometimes into the early 70s, you'll get amazed of the volume of work that was done and, especially the age ranges of the brightest. To think that Achebe wrote 'Things Fall Apart' at 26 and still it's a classic all over the world.


"It's important to have young people do that. And for all of you who are young and or consider yourself young, and have a love for literature please don't just read it, but write as well", he added.


He, however, admitted that the business of writing does not really pay, but insisted that should not be a deterrent to young people who desire to explore their imaginative skills in writing.


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He, therefore, urged them to start on a modest note.


"You may not write a full book but you could do a short story and then grow from there and probably do a collection of short stories. You could do stories for kids, you can do all kinds of stories for our community. We need a reading society". Dr. Otabil said.


Other dignitaries present at the book launch were the immediate past chair of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, Diploma, Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, Motivational speaker, Rev. Albert Ocran, among others.


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Jungle Dance

The author of the book, Petra Aba Asamoah, described it as a reflection of her corporate journey, spanning almost 17 years. It tells the story of Bose, who is a mother and a wife, and how her family rallied around her whiles juggling motherhood and marriage.


Story by Rodney Tsenuokpor

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