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Chronicles of PAWA Activities (1989 -2013)



November 1995


The Third International African Writers’ Day Celebration, 5th and 6th November, 1995, on the theme: The African Writer and Critical Consciousness, PAWA House, Accra.


June 1995


A three-man PAWA delegation, led by Prof. Atukwei Okai, PAWA Secretary-General, visited Libya at the invitation of His Excellency Brother Muammar Ghadaffi. The delegation was granted audience by the Libyan leader at his home, in Sirte. The other members of the delegation were the Deputy Secretary-General Mamadou Traore Diop and the Treasurer, the late Mahamadou Sai. The visit was in connection with the publication of the Libyan leader’s book of short stories. The Libyan leader was decorated with the following: PAWA’s highest honour: Honorary Membership of PAWA.

  1. The PAWA Noble Patron of the Arts Award.
  2. The PAWA Stool of Royalty, (with the symbol of PAWA carved into it).
  3. The Libyan leader was enrolled as a member of PAWA. (He signed the Membership Form).


September 1994


The International Symposium on the theme: “Africa On The Threshold of the 21st Century” by the Pan African Writers’ Association (PAWA), Accra; lnternational Conference Centre, Accra and the PAWA House, Accra, Ghana, September 26-29, 1994. (Participants: Hon. Mrs. Winnie Mandela, Deputy Minister of Culture of South Africa, Molefi Asante, J. Hendrick Clarke, Ali Mazrui, Patrick Wilmot, K.N. Arkaah, Kofi Agovi, Winnie Mandela, K.B. Asante, A. Okai, Ansa-koi, Hassan Sunmonu, Gozo Zoumanique).


November 1994


A Press Conference and later in the month, there was a ceremony where 15,000 copies of the famous novel “Native Son” by Richard Wright, the African-American Writer, was presented by his daughter as a gift to PAWA, for distribution to school children throughout Africa to mark its 50th year since its publication.


November 1994


The Second International African Writers’ Day Celebration on 7th November, 1994, PAWA House, Accra. Speakers…




The First International African Writers’ Day Celebration, 1st - 7th November, 1993, on the theme: “The African Writer on a Continent in Turmoil”, PAWA House, Accra.


May 1993


The Symposium on “Africa, the OAU and the 21st Century,” May, 1993, (PAWA Secretariat) PAWA House, Accra, Ghana. Speakers...


December 1992


Flag raising Ceremony to mark the granting of full Diplomatic Status to the PAWA Secretariat by the Ghana Government, after the ceremony of the signing of the Headquarters Agreement with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana, PAWA House, Accra, December 1992.


October 1992


The Pan-African Writers Association (PAWA) and the Nigerian Association of Writers (ANA), organise the PAWA Endowment Fund Launching Ceremony, “Eko L’ Hotel, Meridian, Lagos, Nigeria, October, 1992. Writers honoured were: Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa; Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof. Chinua Achebe, Christopher Okigbo, Amos Tutuola, H.E. (Chief) Olusegun Olusola, Mr. Ken Saro-Wiwa, and Dr. Bode Sowande. The others were: Dr. Festus Iyayi, Prof. Kole Omotosho, Mr. Odia Ofeimun, Prof. Niyi Osundare, Prof. Femi Osofisan, Mr. Bayo Oduneye, Dr. Wale Okediran and Mr. Tam Fiofori.


September 1991


The International African Writers’ Day. The Conference of African Ministers of Education and Culture, meeting in Coutonou, Benin, on 9th September, 1991, made a resolution to the effect that an International African Writers’ Day be celebrated in all African countries and in the International community each year, on 7th November, the birthday of PAWA. This will afford the African people a moment of pause within which to reflect on the contribution of African writers to the development of the continent.


November 1990


The PAWA Secretary-General, on behalf of African writers, salutes Mr. Nelson Mandela, with a performance of his poem Mandela The Spear, immediately after Nelson Mandela’s address at the Mandela Forum. (organized by the Ghana Government during his first official visit to Ghana) at the Accra International Conference Centre.  The performance of the poem was the only other item on the programme. The event was broadcast live on State Television on 9th November, 1991.


September 1990


“Salute to Salim Ahmed Salim”, special PAWA Programme in honour of the OAU Secretary-General, H.E. Dr. Salim Ahmed, under the chairmanship of Nana Akuoko Sarpong, chairman of the National Commission on Culture at PAWA House, Accra, September 1991.


February 1990


Official Outdooring of the PAWA Secretariat Building, PAWA House, by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana, February, 21 1991.


November 1989


The Constituent Congress of the Pan-African Writers’ Association (PAWA) on the theme: “African Unity: A Liberation of the Mind”, by the IPC of PAWA, OAU, UNESCO), Kwame Nkrumah Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana, November, 7 - 11, 1989.