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Help OWWA pay for writers' travel costs and documenting the conference!
OWWA Yari Yari
New York, New York
United States
4 Team Members


About the above video:

OWWA Executive Board Member & Yari Yari Ntoaso Rosamond S. King explains why OWWA was founded, what Yari Yari is, and why you should support us!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS AND DONORS!  It's not too late to support OWWA & Yari Yari Ntoaso:


Here are the instructions to make a tax-deductible donate via PayPal:


1) Go to paypal.com
2) Click "Personal" on the upper left of the screen.
3) Click on "Transfer," and when the menu drops down, click "Send Someone Money." 
4) A new window will open.  Type your email addres as the "From" and owwayariyari@gmail.com as the "To."
5) Enter the amount and click "Continue."
6) At this time it will ask you to log in or create a PayPal account.
7) Once the above is done, all you have to do is enter any message to OWWA, and click "Confirm!"
We will send you an email confirmation once our account has been credited. 
Checks are also accepted made out to OWWA and mailed to P.O. Box 652; Village Station; New York, NY 10014.

About Yari Yari Ntoaso:

Yari Yari Ntoaso: Continuing the Dialogue is a symposium of literature by women of African descent taking place in Accra, Ghana, May 16-19, 2013.  This free gathering will put writers, critics, and readers from across Africa, the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean in dialogue with each other through readings, roundtables, screenings, and performances. YYN continues the dialogue of the first two Yari Yari conferences, which put hundreds of writers in dialogue with thousands of readers.

Why should you give?

Amazingly, more than 50 poets, writers, and scholars from 15 countries have agreed to attend and to raise their own travel costs.  But those with less resources - often writers living in the Global South and those working outside of universities - are struggling to raise their travel funds.  The monies raised on this website will help cover these writers' costs.  Your gifts help ensure that Yari Yari Ntoaso will feature a wide range of voices.  If there are remaining funds, they will pay for documentation and an improved website so those who can’t attend in person can stay updated online.

And if you need more reasons to give, just look at our thank-you gifts to your left!

A list of participants – as well as many photos and videos – can be found in our "gallery" on this site.

About OWWA:

OWWA (The Organization of Women Writers of Africa) is a 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. OWWA was formed by Jayne Cortez (USA) and Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana) for the purpose of establishing links between professional African women writers. In recent years OWWA created, and organized, critical panels, readings, book celebrations, conversations with creative women, the presentation of literary awards, film/video screenings, and a literary literacy project connecting young students to literature and professional writers.

OWWA is deeply saddened by the loss of its President and Co-Founder, Jayne Cortez, the amazing poet, performer, and activist described by The New York Times as “one of the central figures of the Black Arts Movement.”  We are committed to presenting the third Yari Yari as scheduled in Jayne’s honor.

Please give at whatever level you can.  And please let others know via email, Facebook, and Twitter, about this campaign!

                                              THANK YOU!


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This campaign ended on March 15, 2013
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  • $10USD
    Signed Postcard

    A YYN postcard signed by an OWWA board member.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $25USD
    YYN Tote Bag & Signed Postcard

    Tote bag with the YYN logo and a signed postcard! (Bags & postcards supported by the New York Council for the Humanities)

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $100USD
    1st Yari Yari DVD

    The award winning first YY documentary - usually $225 - AND the YYP doc!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $200USD
    YYN Highlights

    Get all 3 DVDs - a $500 value! YYN DVD will include some of our famous authors and most moving conversations! Be the first to get the YYN DVD!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $500USD
    Signed book by Sapphire & MORE

    All of the DVDs, the bag and postcard, AND a signed copy of Sapphire's latest novel The Kid AND two books written and signed by OWWA board members. Your perk may include books by Louise Meriwether, Zetta Elliott, Ama Ata Aidoo, or Rosamond S. King.

    0 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Signed book by Maya Angelou!

    A signed copy of one of Maya Angelou's books, PLUS 3 more books written and signed by OWWA board members. *Limited number!*

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $5,000USD

    All of the above AND a private screening of highlights from YYN with OWWA board members and NYC authors. Travel to and board in NYC not included.

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  • $10,000USD
    Trip to Accra & NYC Reception!

    Come join us in Ghana! Includes economy travel, 6 nights in the conference hotel, and VIP seating at all events. Travel arrangements must be made by 1 April 2013. Ghanaian visa is donor's responsibility. Travel to and lodging in NYC for screening reception not included.

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