Her Excellency Ambassador Johanna Svanikier, the Ambassador of Ghana to the Republic of France (first from right) with Mr. Nii Ayikwei Parkes (centre) and Ms. Sika Fakambi, winners of the 2014 Prix Laure Bataillon in Paris, France.
Her Excellency Ambassador Johanna Svanikier, the Ambassador of Ghana to the Republic of France (first from right) with Mr. Nii Ayikwei Parkes (centre) and Ms. Sika Fakambi, winners of the 2014 Prix Laure Bataillon in Paris, France.
The Ambassador of Ghana to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, Her Excellency Mrs. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, on Tuesday 18th November, 2014, attended the award ceremony of the 2014 Prix Laure Bataillon.

At the ceremony which took place at the Centre National du Livres, in Paris, Ghanaian writer, editor and curator, Mr. Nii Aryikwei Parkes and his French translator Ms. Sika Fakambi were awarded the 2014 Prix Laure Bataillon for his novel “Notre Quelques Part (Our Somewhere)” which Ms.Fakambi had translated into French.

Her Excellency Mrs. Svanikier, in her speech at the ceremony highlighted the pride Mr. Nii Ayikwei Parkes literary achievements brought to Ghana. She thanked him for representing and honouring his country and congratulated him for winning such a prestigious award. She gave thanks to Ms. Fakambi for her accomplished translation of the book which had made it accessible to the French reading public and to the organisers for inviting her and their support of Mr. Parkes.

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