Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey is an award-winning Ghanaian Poet, Writer and Author, Literary Critic, Media Practitioner, Activist and Versatile Creative of Ga-Daŋme and Ewe ancestry.
She is the author of The Matriarch’s Verse (a collection of Poetry, which is available on booknook.store and Amazon, Amazon UK and Amazon Emirates, both in Paperback and Kindle editions).
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 a 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.
From pages to stages, her work has been highlighted and acknowledged in anthologies, university theses, performance sets, among others.
In October 2018, she staged a Poetry concert, dubbed “The Matriarch’s Verse”, at the plush Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra. It remains Ghana’s largest Poetry event, to be hosted by an individual artist, having featured over twelve supporting acts and having attracted an audience of about a thousand people, representative of various industries and walks of life.
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.
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.
Apiorkor is the host of Diplomatic License on Citi TV, which features senior diplomats who work in Ghana, focusing on the non-official aspects of their lives. The programme showcases anything from what they eat, to family life, fashion and style, to the Art, History and Culture that characterizes their home nations.
Furthermore, Apiorkor is known for her use of New Media forms, in disseminating her Poetry and for the purposes of Activism/ Social Commentary.
She is an Editorial Advisor, for The InflfluencHER Project – an editorial program and global community – working alongside the living legends Pat Mitchell, Alison Smale and Christine Heenan, to empower and amplify female voices.
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. Looking for another pastime, and perhaps her most cherished moments? Chatting with her adorable son, dancing with her beautiful daughter, cooking for her entire family and simply loving her phenomenal husband.