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The Matriarch’s Verse
I am a mongrel; a mixed breed of Ga, Ewe, Akuapem, English, Middle-Eastern and American cultures; I am a Third Culture Kid.
Apiorkor’s socio-cultural experiences are interesting and might appear to be unique. But the truth is that there are several other Ghanaians who are secret sharers of her life. Such people lack access to platforms that would allow them to tell their collective story, so that their societies and communities can re-think all of the things that affect them.
Happily, Apiorkor is an artist over matter and over emotions. She possesses a mastery over words and over the essences of life. Many Ghanaian men, women and children are like her.
And her voice represents their voices.
In this sensational collection, The Matriarch seeks to celebrate, shock, tickle, challenge and highlight our Ghanaian-ness in the 21st Century. The author peppers our imagination with the following:
What does it mean to be Ghanaian?
How have we progressed?
Why do we stand for the things we stand for?
Who really is the modern Ghanaian woman?
Where is the global place for the urban Ghanaian space?
Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey is an award-winning Ghanaian Poet, Writer, Literary Critic, Media Practitioner, Activist and Versatile Creative of Ga-Daŋme and Ewe ancestry.
Her work is noted for its rare narrative, prosaic nature, which is uncommon, in poetry. She has also been commended for the sharp, vivid imagery of her pieces.
Living in Ghana, where oral literary traditions are intricately intertwined with deep culture and history, she performs within West Africa’s most sophisticated spaces and has been featured on two TEDx platforms.
She has also been at speaker at Re:publica, the largest conference on Internet and digital society in Europe.
Her performances are varied, animated; you can expect to see Apiorkor inject life into her poems, with Classical, Afro-pop, Reggae and Rock music forms, Contemporary Dance and alternative Art. Apiorkor causes quite a stir, because the poetess chooses to read/recite her pieces on stage, rather than delivering them off memory.
She also has a West African Baobab Award, under her belt, having been awarded the "Literary and Community Building Award", which was presented to her in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2016 and which acknowledges the achievements of Africans and non-Africans in building literate communities in today’s world.
When she’s not creating literary orgasms, Apiorkor is most likely designing content, producing (or hosting) award-winning shows on Accra-based Citi 97.3 FM and Citi TV. As a seasoned Media Practitioner, she is also a copywriter, a voice over artist, an Events MC/ Moderator and an advertising concept designer.
Editing and proofreading documents that span a gamut of topics and structures are a strength of hers, as well.
Additionally, her work at Citi FM and Citi TV, as an activist for Literacy & Numeracy, Arts & Culture and Socio-economic development has been well received. Furthermore, Apiorkor is known for her use of New Media forms, in disseminating her Poetry and for the purposes of Activism/ Social Commentary.
As a Literature scholar, she might also be mentoring and teaching or lecturing young Ghanaians, focusing on anything from Literature, to social issues, to writing skills, to love and relationships, to career guidance. Editing and crafting pyramids of meaningful words tend to keep her occupied, as well.
Or she might be whipping up hors d’œrves for Ghanaian socialites, tasty meals for her adorable son and daughter, or romantic dinners for her husband, Frederick.