Wosornu, other poets honoured

Dr. Rashid Pelpuo (rigth) being assisted by Dr. Penpen to present the award to prof. Lade WosornuA Columnist of the Ghanaian Times, Professor Lade Wosornu, and 15 other artistes were honoured at a ceremony in Accra last Sunday, for their contribution to poetry and the arts.

Also honoured at the ceremony was the Minister of Public Sector Development, Alhaji (Dr) Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo, who was recognised for his poetry write-ups when he was a secondary school student.

The award, organised by Pentasi ‘B’, a poetry fraternity, was to acknowledge their works and invaluable contributions which had impacted both humanity and society.

The event attracted poets and artistes from the Philippines, Turkey, the United States, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Egypt, Canada, and India, among others, as part of the World Poetry Festival.

Mr. Benjamin Nii Oku, chairman of the local organising committee of the ceremony, said the idea was conceived in the Philippines to bring together and celebrate artistes of different decent and race every year to share their experiences and champion their goal on promoting poetry and art.

He said the occasion, the third of its kind after Philippines and Turkey, had its focus on peace; the role of the arts, bearing in mind the role that artistes can play at ensuring peace ahead of the general elections.

Peace, he said, was essential to national development and it was important to come together and

brainstorm on the role and contribution of artistes in the quest for peace in an election year.

Prof. Wosornu, a surgeon with over 33 years of experience said, though he majored as a surgeon, he developed the interest of writing poetry and other literature for over 40 years and some of his books were used at both first and second cycle institutions.

He said ‘The Master Brewer’, one of his poems which became the most famous piece, was a compulsory book some time in 2000 for second cycle institutions.

Prof. Worsonu mentioned the ‘Desert Rivers’ as one of his write-ups which was being used at the first cycle institutions.

The Ghanaian surgeon and health contributor in the Ghanaian Times every Saturday was born in Galo in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region but practised his profession as a surgeon in the Eastern Province city of Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

He expressed gratitude to the organisers saying little did he know that his contribution which he felt was a passion could be acknowledged.

Dr Pelpuo, was recognised for his numerous scripts and contribution in the poetry sector.

An inscription on a plaque to Dr. Pelpuo congratulated him on his courteous poetry contribution since his secondary school days.

In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, the minister was grateful to the organisers for acknowledging his work noting that a number of his works were into print of which some would be out this year.

He added, he wrote on varied topical issues from social commentary to politics among others.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour     


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