#sanatuzambangcaféExperience | Ananse and the Impossibles; Read by Mawu-Ena Rex Kpogeh

Sanatu Zambang Café Experience is hosted every Saturday inside the Sanatu Zambang Studios café. Book authors, public figures in various fields, and student leaders headline the event by picking their favorite children’s book or African story book and reads to the audience.

There are also guest headliners, from traditional storytellers to poets and spoken word artists. Musical guests, Visual artists, standup comedians, and tourists who would love to share their traveling experiences.

The maiden edition saw Mawu-Ena Rex Kpogeh, reading a children’s book he published 6-7years ago.

Derrick Rex Kpogeh born in tamale and completed his university education at the University of Ghana, Legon. majored in Radio and Television Production. His versatility has seen him serve as scriptwriter and post-production supervisor on Viasat 1 Ghana Laugh a Minute Season2 [Viasat 1] comedy show.

Aside from writing screenplays, poems, short stories, and skits for Television. he has an innate passion for teaching, he has taught the English Language in a couple of junior high schools. upon completing his university education, he served the nation by teaching literature in English and English Language at the Presbyterian senior high school, Tamale. He has taught English Language at Business College International in Tamale. Mr. Mawu-Ena is the headteacher of Faith Hill community school.

Other guests who appeared on the maiden edition of Sanatu Zambang Café Experience were Mr. Sofo Yumzaa and Networq Lagfu. Sofo read two of his poems which featured the trails of Kayaye girls.

Every day,younggirls generally between 14 and 16 years old migrate from the rural areas of northern Ghana to the urban centres of the south: Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi. There, they work in markets or on the streets as head load carriers (kayaye), informal petty traders, domestic assistants to traders, and in other menial jobs. In the best of cases, they become domestic workers.

Their goals are as varied as their jobs. Many see the kayaye experience as an opportunity to acquire the items they need to build up their marriage dowry. Others are escaping forced marriage, while still others wish to buy second-hand clothes and start a small business once back home. Some claim they want to collect money to pay school fees for themselves or their brothers and sisters.

Yet these girls face much of the worst that urban life can offer, with local people using them for their cheap labour while at the same time stigmatising them. I would argue that these contemporary social and labour dynamics are direct legacies of Ghana’s colonial and slave pasts. I want to suggest that these girls are so easily exploited in part because former slave-holding regions in the south continue to hold strong biases against the regions from which they used to draw slaves in the north and in part because of slave-legacies that continue in the form of structural inequalities between northern and southern regions.

Alessandra Brivio
20 July 2016

Networq explained to the audience how he gathers info to piece together his recent article Top 10 songs that ruled on radio and online streams in Northern Ghana

The year 2020 began with lots of expectations and hope from musicians, industry players, and fans alike. It began with so many great things and everything was going great until Ghana recorded its first Covid-19 case that brought about the subsequent lockdown and led to the cancelation of all musical concerts in the region. Apart from airplay, musicians here are measured based on the number of fans they have like if they are able to get fans to fill up their concert venues.

2020 was different. It was all about airplay and the number of streams on the internet Northern Ghana music is one on the rise with great talent emanating from all corners in the region churning out great tunes upon great tunes.  So 2020 was all about recording music and releasing it for airplay and also going Digital.

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