The Accra International Book Festival (AIBF) has confirmed the cancellation of the 2019 Accra Children’s Book Festival.
The biggest children’s book festival in Ghana was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra.
But the AIBF in a statement Monday said the decision is due to time factor, expressing hope about the future of the ACBF.
“The Accra International Book Festival appreciates the support it enjoys from book lovers and would not in any way impair it,” the statement read.
“The cancellation would afford our hardworking team the opportunity to evenly spread out our events in order not to outstretch our resources,” Programmes Manager, Eugene Owusu-Gyakari noted.
Mr Owusu-Gyakari said the Accra Children’s Book Festival would “hopefully” be held in May 2020.
“The AIBF remains committed to its objectives and would at all times promote reading and writing among Ghanaians of all backgrounds,” he said.
Commenting on the Accra Book Fest 2019, the Programmes Manager said the adult book festival would take place as scheduled.
“The Accra International Book Festival 2019 would come off from October 24-27 at the University of Ghana, Legon,” he said.
He revealed the Book Festival would host world-class writers such as Bisi Adjapon (Ghana), Lerato Mogoatlhe (South Africa), Bayyinah Monk Nduaka (America), Yusuf Ahmad Bello (Nigeria), Yvonne Maphosa (South Africa), and Patrick Nketia (Ghana) among others.