Merqury Republic, organisers of the annual Ghana DJ Awards Festival, has signed a partnership agreement with the Ghana Library Authority to promote reading among Disc Jockeys and other creative artists in Ghana.
The partnership aims to connect creatives to relevant learning opportunities that ignite their creative and entrepreneurial spirit, and make them relevant contributors to Ghana’s socio-economic growth.
Inspired by the 2022 ‘Year of Books’ declaration by the Ghana Library Authority, the partnership will create platforms to support the learning and research needs of DJs and the creative arts community across Ghana.
According to Merqury Quaye, Executive Producer of the Ghana DJ Awards, plans are in place for events and activities which will create platforms for reading, provide resources, encourage reading and enable DJs and other creatives for development. “This exciting and strategic collaborative partnership is an important part of building a national reading agenda”, he added.
To ensure that researchers and learners have sustainable and convenient access to books beyond the Ghana DJ Awards Festival, Ghana Library Authority will promote its new web application, Ghana Digital Library App – downloadable on AppStore and PlayStore to creatives.
“Disc Jockeying is more than mixing songs. It’s broad. DJ’s need to learn about music, know about the instruments used in making music, get abreast with music terminology and, most importantly, read about the musicians whose songs we play. We know the importance of this project to DJs and other related creative artists and will seek to engage the whole community. We also implore all other stakeholders to join this holistic campaign which promotes literacy in the creative arts industry in Ghana,” Merqury said.
“We are very excited to partner with Merqury Republic to champion learning and reading among DJs and other creatives,” Mr. Essuman said during the ceremony.
The Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) has declared 2022, as the ‘Year of Books’, under the theme: ‘Libraries as Community Anchors for Transformation’, as a prelude to Accra being declared the World Book Capital in 2023 by UNESCO.
UNESCO’s choice of Accra as the 2023 World Book Capital comes after Guadalajara, a city in western Mexico, was chosen for the year 2022. Greater Accra is the twenty-third city to bear the ‘World Book Capital’ title since 2001. 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Ghana DJ Awards Festival. Organisers are expected to announce activities during the second quarter of the year.