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“…In most situations where care and nurturing is needed, women are not only the last to be considered as worthy recipients, but they are actually expected to forget about themselves and take care of others” Ama Ata Aidoo
Mbaasem Foundation was founded in 2000 by the Ghanaian writer and poet Ama Ata Aidoo. Mbaasem is a registered non-governmental organization that supports and promotes women’s writing in Ghana and across Africa. It will achieve this primarily by addressing and combating the myriad of problems and challenges that Ghanaian and African women writers face and to help change the African literary landscape for women writers.
Recent News and Announcements
Press Release: Rosebella Thompson and Two Others Win Mbaasem Writing Contest for Girls (5/8/2015) - Mbaasem Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the Mbaasem Writing Contest for Girls. The contest, which was open to girls enrolled in Senior High Schools in Ghana, ran from 3rd December 2014 to January 31st 2015. The winner, second place and third place will receive cash prizes of Ghs1,000, Ghs700 and Ghs400 respectively.… Writers Resources: where to submit your work in 2015 (2/25/2015) - We decided to compile a list of prizes where African writers can submit to and their respective submission deadlines for 2015. This post is regularly updated so do come back to check it out. For a more comprehensive list, check our Writers Resources Page 2016 Brunnel University African Poetry Prize The prize opens for submissions… The Mbaasem Writing Contest is officially closed (2/16/2015) - The Mbaasem Writing Contest for Girls is now officially closed. The competition, which was open to girls enrolled in Senior High Schools, run from 3rd December 2014 to 31st January 2015. A two week grace period was added for late submissions. We are no longer accepting submissions. We will be announcing winners in due course.… Mbaasem Announces Writing Contest for Girls in Senior High Schools (11/2/2014) - Mbaasem Foundation announces Writing Contest for Girls. The contest is open to all female students currently enrolled in Senior High Schools in Ghana. The stories submitted must be original and unpublished between 750 words to 2,000 words. This is the second time Mbaasem Foundation is running this kind of competition, with plans to organize more… Gird Center to organise writing camp (9/24/2014) - The Gird Center, a writing and editorial firm based in Accra, is putting on a Writing Camp that aims to support writers, scholars and entrepreneurs to develop and enhance their writing skills. The writing camp takes place on October 18, October 25 and November 1, 2014, and will bring together distinguished Experts in the Academic,… The 2014 Morland Writing Scholarships is open for submissions (9/4/2014) - The 2014 Morland Writing Scholarships is open for submission. The Scholars will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of one year. The Morland Writing Scholarships is open to anyone born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa. To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit; a… Mbaasem Receives Books from the Etisalat Prize for Literature (9/4/2014) - Mbaasem Foundation has received a total of ninety books, thirty copies each of the books shortlisted for the 2013 inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature. According to the Etisalat Prize for Literature, it purchased one thousand copies each of all three shortlisted books, as part of the prize, to donate to selected institutions across the African… MBAASEM FOUNDATION AND GOLDEN BAOBAB HOLD A MASTER CLASS ON WRITING STORIES FOR CHILDREN (6/18/2014) - On Saturday, 14th June, Mbaasem Foundation and Golden Baobab jointly held a Master Class on writing children’s stories and young adult literature. The class, which took place on the premises of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) was taught by award-winning writer Mamle Wolo. Among the participants were past entrants of the pan-African Golden Baobab… AWDF announces participants for Creative Non Fiction Writers Workshop (5/27/2014) - The African Women’s Development Fund, (AWDF) in collaboration with the Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE) is organizing its first creative non-fiction writer’s workshop from 21st -31st July in Kampala, Uganda. Twenty- two African women writers have been selected after a competitive application process and among them are 4 Ghanaians; Abena Kyere, Deborah Frempong, Fafa Yvonne…
To strive for a society in which creative writing and other forms of artistic expression are regarded as vital to the growth of a dynamic nation, and are incorporated into all developmental processes.
To support the development and sustainability of African women writers and their artistic output.
To create an enabling environment for women to write, tell and publish their stories.