Sylvia Arthur is an accomplished British-Ghanaian non-fiction writer whose primary topics of written discussion are identity, politics, diaspora and place. She holds an MA in Narrative Nonfiction Writing and, for four years, was a consultant to the European Commission on communicating Freedom of Movement. Her work has been published in The Guardian, the BBC, and The British Journalism Review, to name a few.
Aside from being a writer, she is also a speaker and produced a one-woman show which was part of “Talawa Firsts” in 2017. Able to balance her career in the corporate world and her ability to be well attuned to her artistic talents, Sylvia has also been in corporate communications for almost 20 years.
A vivid reader, Sylvia ended up amassing scores of books and novels that she could not fit into her home in the UK and subsequently shipped out to her mother’s home back in Ghana. One day, during a visit, she noticed how the books were piling up and felt a sense of pain that they would not be able to bring joy to someone else. Thus, the seed was planted for the inception of a lending library previously known as The Libreria Ghana. The name was later changed to The Library of Ghana and The African Diaspora. The library is dedicated to providing accessible housing for African literature.
As a strong advocate for African literacy particularly during early childhood and to lower-income families, Sylvia has been able to regularly serve over 1000 children by giving them access to books through school libraries in underserved communities. She also runs reading and creative play sessions for the children of market women, and barbershop/hair salon programmes that rewards children with free hairstyles in exchange for them reading.
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