Free 9-Day Workshop

For Illustrators of Children’s Stories in Accra

The Ghana chapter of the International Board of Books for Young People has partnered with Golden Baobab to organize a free 9-day children’s illustration workshop in Accra, Ghana. Set for July 19th to July 27th, 2012, the workshop will be facilitated by Meshack Asare, one of Africa’s top children’s writers and illustrators, who has won numerous awards including The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. The purpose of the workshop is to identify Ghana’s most talented and promising children’s illustrators, provide training to increase their skills, and offer them local and international exposure.

Ten top illustrators in Ghana will be handpicked through a competitive selection process to attend this workshop for free. The participants will be identified by their incredible artistic talent, proven appreciation for children’s literature, and demonstrated desire to excel in the field. The selected participants will be instructed in various illustration techniques for children and will receive constructive critique on their work.

The artwork produced at the end of the workshop will be exhibited at the IBBY 2012 Congress in London and the Ghana International Book Fair in Accra.

Applicants must be below 40 years old; have a demonstrated interest in “composition”; be talented and enthusiastic; be determined to be successful illustrators

Illustrators interested in this opportunity should apply by submitting the following:

  • Biographical Information (including name, age, gender, occupation, place of residence, email address, telephone, and how you heard about the workshop);
  • 2 original illustrated works (created by self and not doctored electronically);
  • 1 original illustration inspired by a children’s story (applicants should name the story and author on their application); • A personal statement (500 words) that addresses the question “Why I’m interested in illustrating children’s books.”

The completed application can be scanned and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dropped off at the Alliance Française in Accra (Liberation Link – Airport Residential Area - 0302 773134 / 760278).

For further details on the event, check out Golden Baobab’s Facebook page: Submission Deadline: 5pm GMT, Friday, July 6, 2012.

Ghanaian Illustration Talent Discovered

Showcased at W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre

ACCRA, Ghana – Nine new Ghanaian artists with extraordinary talent were showcased at an exhibition of children’s illustration artwork held at the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre on Friday, 27thJuly, 2012.

The event, organized by Golden Baobab and the Ghana chapter of the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY-Ghana), with the support of their collaborators W.E.B Du Bois Memorial Centre, Ghana Book Development Council, Sub-Saharan Publishers and Acrilex, introduced the literary world to a diverse group of graphic designers, cartoonists, fine artists and painters.

The exhibitors, Hawa Nikoi Olai, Enoch Yaw Mensah, Nana Hene Koduah, Peter Oti Asamoah, Elkanah Kwadwo Mpesum, Ernest Cobbinnah, Andrew Adote, Jonathan Kwegyir Aggrey, and Sela Kodjo Adjei were selected through a rigorous and competitive application process organized by Golden Baobab. They were immersed in a prestigious 8-day Children’s Illustration Workshop that sought to improve their skillsets, provide them with specialized artistic training in illustration, and enable them to form relationships with the cream of the crop of the publishing, writing and producing world.

Facilitated by internationally-renowned children’s book author and illustrator, Meshack Asare, whose numerous awards include the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa and the UNESCO Prize for

Literature and two nominations for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Prize, the biggest international children’s literature prize in the world, the workshop was designed to discover, inspire and empower Ghanaian artists in the field of children’s illustration.

The hall teemed with media and members of prominent cultural organizations in Accra. Metro TV, TV3, Africa Channel, and Vibrant Ghana covered the exhibition and networking event.

Golden Baobab and IBBY-Ghana, who organized the workshop
and exhibition as part of an effort to address the dearth of quality African children’s books, hope that such initiatives will establish connections between talented writers, illustrators, and publishers. These connections, which will result in the formation of future partnerships in the illustrated children’s book world, ensure the creation of outstanding African children’s literature that can compete on the global stage.

The illustrators’ art pieces will travel to London and be displayed to an international audience of publishers and producers at the IBBY Congress in London this August. In September, 2012 the art pieces will be showcased to publishers in the local industry at the Ghana Book Fair. 

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