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NKABOM 2017 – AUGUST 23rd to 26th – ACCRA, GHANA


Last year’s festival had its theme as Kenten Spaces. Kenten means basket in Akan language. The project went out to network poets, novelists and spoken word artists with photographers, DJs, painters, illustrators, theatre artists, musicians, etc such that the inter-weaving of diverse content magnifies the perimeters that literature in commonplace is thought to accomplish.

The creative know-how and messages were implanted through workshops with basic school kids at Nubuke and young students at University of Ghana, as well as non-traditional spaces in Accra like Republic-Osu and the main street in the centre of Abelenkpe .

This year, the theme ‘Unscrambling Africa goes to redefine how Africa as a continent with a myriad of cultures and essential tech resources, acute philosophies, coded data, rare science, hatched art, etc is handed the teeny toothpick. The exchange circumnavigates the tired one-way discussion of slavery, but opens wing to bring back home muted meanings, measures and mysticism.

It’s a quest and questioning affair, as we unbutton borderlines, bulletins and belief systems. We address inclusiveness, open-mindedness and responsibility from talking drums to Sahara hikes to Mediterranean silt. From Ghana or Naija jollof, diaspora dynamism to coltan trails. Even from Khufu’s pyramid to Xhosa tongue clicks to Akan weights.

We look to once again engage multidisciplinary frameworks and build further the grid of sustainable ideas through workshops, readings, recitals, performances, screenings, digital applications, etc,. We hereby call on cultural provocateurs asking the right questions to inspire social change.

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The Write Experience I was a 2 hour 30 minutes package of seamless stirring poetry and graffiti aside an intimate jazz trio thrill by saxophonist and composer, David Bindman; percussionist and pianist royal hartigan and bassist Wes Brown. As part of the Blood Drum Spirit Ensemble, they’ve performed, given workshops, and recorded throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, and the Americas.
The event was produced by Inkfluent and powered by Alliance Francaise d’Accra (La Paillote Takpekpe), directed by kwame write and had its focus on awareness in connection with environmentalism via collaborative art.

Graffiti artists Trez & Baby and poets Efy & Julio Teko from Togo joined Ghana’s Jenan & Stingg, Duafe & AndyonAndy, Rewrite Crew- Ozionn, kwame write & Namoji, Slim 1, Apiorkor & Worlali for captivating performances. A poetic dance performance by Jude Korankye was the climax of the experience. Large scale cut plastic sculptures made by Afro-gallonist Attukwei were exhibited as concrete assemblages engaging with the project. 

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Nkabom Festival 2016

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A platform for thought-sharers, dream-filled griots and community-fixated troubadours to navigate alternative paths to carve content that engage people in traditional and non-traditional Ghanaian spaces.


The theme for #Nkabom2016 is “KENTEN SPACES” – Kenten: means basket(in Akan), which are usually used to carry market goods. The idea negotiates the intrinsic culture of oral folk recitals which sound as if the language is woven, just like baskets. In the same vein we convey ancestral epistles, indigenous codes, fonts and languages to the new phase of technology-influenced spaces like the Interweb. We focus on mapping marginalized thoughts, subjects and philosophies from indigenous socialscapes.

We explore and relearn our culture and how it goes to influence other cultures, promote engagement to build strong and diverse communities to serve as a template for our curricular, social space shaping, educative interactions, African tech-knowledge media, etc.

We restore the concrete cultural edification and strengthen the thriving unique voices to expand choices, to nurture a variety of skills, human values and world views to be in tune with what surrounds us in this dynamic world to engage audiences and ourselves with trans-informational concepts through written, spoken, typed, rapped or otherwise alternative arts.

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We bring you the first ever contemporary Ghanaian literary festival pooling young and culminated word crocheters who use ink, voice, music or mixed media to share stories that connect histories, consummate the present to rediscover the future.


August 13th Nubuke Foundation, behind Mensvic Hotel, East Legon
10am(registration)- 10:30am(starts) to 3pm – Writing + Alternative Publishing Workshop with Mariska Darko & Efo Dela,
2pm-4pm Photosentences Workshop (Make Poetry to Street Photography) with Fotombo
11am-3pm Paperbag Paint + Words Workshop with Betty Stuemer & Musa Swallah
4pm-6pm Music Set – DJ Vimtinz
6pm-7pm – Reading with Martin Egblewogbe. Hosted by Andy – 6:45-7pm (Q & A)
7:30pm-9:30pm Storytelling Set ft Sir Black. Hosted by Andy
[FREE. Storytelling Set – ghc10]

August 14th Abelemkpe Taxi Rank
5pm till Late – Free Show (Music Installation + Lyric Projection) – Benjamin Lebrave, DJ VimTinz
7-8pm Reading by poets, lyricists, performers + Open Mic

August 15th Hope for Life, Gbawe
Persons With Special Abilities (Writing/Reading Workshop with Persons with Disabilities) 10am-2pm
[FREE. Donations welcome]

August 16th SRC Union Hall, University of Ghana, Legon
3-4:50pm – Literary Empowerment Workshop with University Students
by VOCAL(Canada) – Anthony Bansfield, Dwayne Morgan, Edmond David, Motion, Osei Alleyne & DJ Elloquenz
4:50-5pm – Short Break
5-5:30pm – Fokn Talk with Wanlov the Kubolor
5:30-6pm – Importing Ghanaians Talk with Alba K. Sumprim
6pm>> – Networking

August 17th The Republic Bar, Osu
8-12midnight – Vocal Portraits Live III
with VOCAL from Canada (Anthony Bansfield, Dwayne Morgan, Edmond David, Motion, Osei Alleyne & DJ Elloquenz), Surprise acts from Vocal Portraits 3 –
Feature: Elom 20ce (Renowned Rapper/Contemporary Griot from Togo)
[Rate- ghc10]


The Northern Griots Network (NGN)

NGN is a collective of Canadian spoken word artists that networks spoken word poets and presenters. They also connect spoken word artists internationally to stimulate artistic growth, increase opportunities for spoken word worldwide, and support social engagement and advancement. VOCAL’s visit to Ghana is coordinated by the NGN, and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information, contact Anthony Bansfield

VOCAL Canadian Spoken Word Poets Visit Ghana for Arts Festivals in August 2016

The Northern Griots Network and Inkfluent are proud to announce the visit by the VOCAL team of Canadian spoken word poets to Accra, Ghana for the Nkabom Literary Festival (Aug. 14-17) and Chale Wote Street Art Festival (Aug. 18-21).

The visit represents a groundbreaking collaboration for the spoken word community in both Ghana and Canada. The VOCAL team includes leading figures in the Canadian spoken word movement, with backgrounds in Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana, Antigua, and Jamaica.

VOCAL stands for “Voices of Canadian Artists Linked,” and is the first Canadian-African collaboration in an NGN series of exchanges since 2013 that include initiatives in Jamaica (Jamaican Poetry Festival, August, 14th, 2016), Trinidad and Tobago (Cascadoo Festival, 2014), and Canada (South-North Griots Summit in Toronto, 2015). Along with a performance of the hit theatre/music piece Oraltorio at Chale Wote on Aug.21, and a Spoken Word feature at Inkfluent’s Vocal Portraits show on Aug. 17, the visiting artists will deliver an Aug. 16 workshop at University of Ghana, and meet Ghanaian artists for dialogue/networking.

“As artists of Caribbean and African heritage, our team is looking forward to linking with Ghanaian artists and audiences in the spirit of exchange and exploration of contemporary and future currents in African and pan-African culture,” – NGN National Coordinator, Anthony Bansfield.

“We are tremendously excited to have these accomplished, internationally celebrated artists visit Ghana, and we see this initiative as the beginning of a fruitful partnership for artists from both nations.” – kwame write, Inkfluent

Featured Artists

DJ L’Oqenz: DJ, beatmaker, composer of critically acclaimed ‘Theatrical MiXtape,’ Oraltorio
Dwayne Morgan: Music Award winning spoken word artist of Jamaican origin, author
Eddy DaOriginalOne: Beatbox poet extraordinaire, poet, and Trinidadian story-teller
Manchilde: Dancehall reggae/hip-hop MC, video artist/videographer/director
Motion: CBC Canadian Slam Champion, award-winning playwright, hip-hop MC
nth digri: Rapso/dub poet, Ottawa Slam Champion, recording artist, spoken word activist

For information on VOCAL:



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The Write Experience

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The Write Experience is a creative package which seeks to engage your 5 senses and maybe the 6th. It includes seamless stirring poetry in fusion with other art genres like contemporary dance, film, graffiti, intimate jazz, etc.

With themes like Environmentalism, Healing Handicapped Homes and Trotro Teleport Theory, The Write Experience seeks to interact with diverse audience streams on socio-political issues and run-of-the-mill concerns using art.


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Nkabom Literary Festival

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Nkabom Festival is a contemporary Ghanaian literary festival pooling young and culminated word crocheters who use ink, voice, music or mixed media to share stories that connect histories, consummate the present to rediscover the future.

We believe literature is more than just text, and we look to re-imagine how writing and text used in all possible forms could be expanded to include every other genre of art. The festival is based on creative interactions and collaborations and generates a focal point on the potential to create new artistic forms.

The festival extends its wings to cover non-traditional spaces and alternative concepts that do not get mainstream appeal. The idea is to explore ingenious uncorrupted work and to provide a platform for artists from all walks of life who have an interest in using text or language(be it visual languages/symbols, spoken,musical, tactile, etc) in their work.

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Wonna Ink Team

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kwame write is a writer, social commentator, artist and father with a background of biochemistry. His work explores how the constructs of science can engage the liberties of art. He released his debut album “bloodlines” recently. kwame is the founder and creative director of Inkfluent.




Ivy Exornam is Image result for ivy exornama business administration graduate from Ho Polytechnic. She has worked with Legacy and Legacy, Ehalakasa and Springboard. She is a lover of arts and has a lot of experience working with major event firms in Ghana. She is our marketing manager.




Related imageIan Kwaku Adomako-Kwakye aka Ian Quhachi is a time-travel through painting, illustration, installation and street art. Aside exhibition spaces in Accra and Takoradi, the self-trained artist has explored the use of social media and non-traditional spaces as a strategy to question the limited spaces for art display in Ghana. His practice has centered on investigating street pop culture not just as a medium of cliche extravagance, but to further debate representation of a continent’s visual traditions. He is our graphic designer.

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