TIME WITH AGYEI SARPONG KUMANKOMAH (Winner of “The Voice Of The African Child” Category of the maiden version of THE VILLAGE THINKERS POETRY HONORARY AWARDS)

TIME WITH AGYEI SARPONG KUMANKOMAH (Winner of “The Voice Of The African Child” Category of the maiden version of THE VILLAGE THINKERS POETRY HONORARY AWARDS)

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**Congratulations poet!! Can your tell us your name and brief educational background?

Agyei Sarpong-Kumankoma Amos,19 years. My basic education was at Sacred Heart and progressed to St James Seminary (both in Sunyani).
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** Ever dreamt of becoming a poet? And how far has the journey fared with poetry?

I never thought of poetry until I–out of envy–stole two poetry anthologies from a friend. Reading them made me hate poetry for I couldn’t understand what I read!  Just as I was about giving up I encountered Ifeanyi Menkiti’s “The Fact Of The Matter.” Then I said to myself “I can be a poet”
I think I am still warming up for the journey. There’s a long way to go
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** Poet Sarpong, what has been your inspiration in writing poetry?

I am inspired by people and  I believe it’s God working through them.
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** Why not any other genre of writing but poetry?

I was born to create. Poetry really exploits the creative lad in me but I write short stories and draw as swell
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** Were you expecting to win any of this noble honorary awards?

I never expected at this stage I call warm-up but this has really strengthened me for the journey ahead
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** How far has poetry transformed your life and perception?

Through poetry I have met a lot of new people. Poetry has boosted my confidence and there has been a enhancement in my human relations skills as I was initially the quiet type.
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** Does poetry in our part of the world (Africa) get enough support?

I don’t know of other countries but for Ghana, the mentorship support is hundred percent, the older poets help to nurture young talents. A few other individuals too sacrifice their resources to help poets. With regards to government’s support I’m yet to see any.
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** How best has social media boost your poetry writings?

I have learnt a lot from other poets on social media platforms. As the readership gets larger and larger my desire to improve and feed my fans with good poetry increases so I write more
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** What have been some of the challenges so far with you as a poet?

Getting the platform and the audience is a challenge here. Sunyani has not embraced poetry yet
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** What comments can you make to those who have supported you to this far?

I assure them I won’t ever disappoint them. May God bless them and I love them all. especially my Asaase Yaa, Mama Lucy Peprah Tawiah.

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