Mr. James Ebo Whyte (Uncle Ebo) is the CEO of ‘Roverman Productions,’ and a pillar in the Theatre Arts in Ghana. Being an astute counsellor, he has been throwing some sanity into the society especially through his ‘Food for thought’ slot on JoyFM for several years. He says…
In 1981, I was employed by Asempa Publishers as the Publications Officer and later, Creative and Soliciting Editor, and my job was to find writers to generate manuscripts for us to publish. In pursuit of my obligation to the company, I traveled the length and breadth of Ghana looking for writers and I did not find many. The few I came across did not have any material that spoke to the felt needs of the people. I took to organising Writers’ Workshops in the hope of developing the kind of writers Ghana needed. I was not too successful at it because most of those who flock to Writers Workshops will never write anything publishable. Those who really want to get published do not attend workshops and conferences; they write. But I never gave up searching for writers who will speak to the needs of Ghana.
I have taken the trouble of giving you the foregoing as a background for you to understand that I do not take the privilege of writing this Foreword lightly. For me, as one who has spent a lifetime searching and raising writers, I am thrilled that there seems to be an emergence of a crop of new and young writers in Ghana who have something worthwhile to say and David Egyir is definitely one of them.
The fact is, what makes Ghana a Third World country is not just its material underdevelopment; what makes Ghana a Third World country is also the lack of books written by Ghanaians that will help shift the paradigm of the Ghanaian from a Third World and hopeless mentality to a winner and (to borrow David’s concept for this book) an eagle mentality.
This book, ‘The EAGLE in You,’ carries a message that is timely and pertinent for Ghana and the Ghanaian. If a prosperous and developed country like the USA needed the inspiration of Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can,” then Ghana [Africa, and the world*] surely needs David’s message that a great and fulfilling life is within the reach of all of us.
For now, let me not stand in the way of you reading the book. All I want to say at this point is that, an inspirational and motivational feast awaits you in the pages of the book. Enjoy it, savor it and let it nourish in you the incredible life that is your right as a human being created in God’s image and your responsibility as a person with a unique destiny to fulfill.
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