The present Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) – according to Michael McMullan, who first met Efua Sutherland in 1950 in England as a Colonial Service Cadet, and Vivian Windley, a Pan-Africanist, who were both close associates of Efua Sutherland – started as a “Writers Circle”, which eventually transformed itself into the Ghana Writers Society in 1957, the year Ghana attained her independence. 

In subsequent years, the name was changed from the Ghana Society of Writers to Ghana Association of Writers. Some prominent writers, scholars and/or politicians were members of the Association. These include, Kwame Nkrumah, J.B. Danquah, and Efua Sutherland. (Culled from “The legacy of Efua Sutherland,” 2007)

In the 1970s, the car boot of Atukwei Okai’s Volkswagen held all the files of GAW. The car served as GAW’s Headquarters with Atukwei Okai as President. From here many major literary programmes were planned, organised and executed. Between 1972 and 1976 it had organised about forty literary readings.These included the International centenary evening with Aggrey of Africa held in 1975. The evening with Raphael Armattoe, Poetry and Pito Fanfare, African Voices in the Evening, a nite with Kayper Mensah and the City Criers in the Courtyard of Conscience series.


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