BY ERICA ARTHUR
GODWIN ASARE, whose pseudonym is Godwin Kwasi Asare, has won a Ghana Writers Association (GAW) literary award.
He took home the second prize in the Poetry category dubbed ‘The Professor Atukwei Okai Award for Poetry’ for his maiden poetry collection ‘Dairy of the First Birth’ with foreword by Paul Koomson, a poet and consultant.
Asare, who is a teacher of English and Literature in English at Boso Senior High Technical School, Boso, in the Asuogyaman District, Eastern Region, received his award on Saturday, November 11 2017, at an awards ceremony organized by the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) at the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) House, Roman Ridge, Accra.
In an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE, Asare expressed gratitude to God for the recognition and he showed appreciation to his family, especially his mother, Sarah Asare, who contributed some poems to his collection, his wife ,Theresa Adwapa Asare, friends and the entire staff and students of Boso Senior High Technical School for their support.
He said, “I started writing with the aim of educating my students but now I look at the bigger picture of making a positive impact in society. For instance, my second book, ‘The Peaceful Ghana Project: God Bless Abibiman Ghana’ (a collection of poems and a drama) was written mainly to contribute my quota towards a peaceful election (the 2106 General Election).This is the reason why I donated many copies of this book to schools, organizations and the Royal Senchi Hotel.”
Asare is one of two teachers who won the 2016 MTN World Teachers Award and he donated copies of his second book, ‘The Peaceful Ghana Project’, to all schools in Boso, the Tosen Nanyor Presby School, the Asuogyaman District Assembly, the Asuogyaman District Education Directorate, the Royal Senchi Hotel and some schools in Koforidua in the Eastern Region
The poet cum playwright, whose poems and plays have been performed by students and pupils on many occasions over the years, is inspired by the Bible, which he calls his all-time favourite book.
He said, “Though spiritual, it gives me the best drama, the best prose and the best poetry.”
He is motivated by African writers like Ama Ata Aidoo, Efua Sutherland, Amma Darko, Prof. Kofi Awoonor of blessed memory, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Prof. Atukwei Okai (the tongue twister) Prof. Lade Wosornu, Ayi Kwei Armah, Efo Kodjo Mawugbe, Wole Soyinka, and Chinua Achebe and non-African writers, including Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, William Wordsworth, Williams Carlos Williams, and John Grisham.
He advised young writers to write to preserve our culture and to bring positive change and development to society.
Asare encouraged young writers to write irrespective of the circumstances in which they find themselves; whether they secure a publishing deal or not, whether they can do self-financing or not and whether they live in the city or in the remotest part of the country.
He said their writings would one day bear witness of them across the world.