Many individuals who are familiar with the power of reading know just how important libraries are to the development of a child’s creative and imaginative abilities. My journey in the world of Creative Arts has largely been influenced by reading my Grandfather’s collection of books including National Geographic magazines which were sent from England.
And although I am no longer able to read as many books as I read in my youth, the knowledge acquired from reading in my early years continue to sustain me. Such is the power of reading and this is why the Yaa Asantewa Library Project, initiated by Juliet Asante, will shape the lives of many young people in Ghana.
While growing up, libraries had a huge impact on Juliet’s life and this explains her resolve to build container libraries in Ghanaian communities. The actress, who is also Founding President of the Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF), is currently on a tour of the Upper East Region of Ghana to meet community leaders and inhabitants of the communities which will be supported by the Yaa Asantewa Library project.
Apart from the warm reception, Juliet Asante has received from community leaders and the inhabitants, the prospect of affecting the lives of these communities appears to have made this trip even more fulfilling.
In a clip captured during this trip, Juliet Asante engages a young girl called Mavis who appears to be fluent but rather shy before the camera. Asked what a library was, Mavis hesitates but eventually explains what a library is. She goes on to say how she would always be at the library if her community had one.
If there is anything girls like Mavis need it is confidence and there is no doubt the Yaa Asantewa Library Project will offer confidence through literacy. The Yaa Asantewa Library Project is worthy of commendation, and Juliet Asante needs all the support she can get to actualise this project.