New Library Updates
Korle Gonno Community Library, Accra
Architectural drawings by Roger Amenyogbe
OCLF’s newest project is situated on the compound of the Dr. Nanka Bruce cluster of schools in the community of Korle Gonno, Accra. The library will be built and managed by the Osu Library Fund [OLF], Ghana, in partnership with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly [AMA] and the Ghana Education Service. The AMA is freely releasing the land, paying staff salaries and utilities. Once built, the OLF will supply all the furniture and books for the new facility.
Roger Amenyogbe, Architect: “The new library and theatre was developed in the concept of JANUS, the god of beginning and transition. It has two equal facades – one that addresses the street and the other the school.
Schooling is a transition period in our lives where we expose ourselves to new challenges, and it serves as a great transition period in our lives. The library will be a gateway to the school compound. It embodies a new beginning whiles embracing and looking forward to the future. This structure will symbolize a reminder of where one comes from, a struggling community on one side, and on the other side an open sea with new challenges and a distant future to explore.” R.A.
Kojo Maclean (at right), Contractor/Quantity Surveyor & Victor Mensah, Supervising Architect: “Once again Kathy Knowles has initiated another library project which is under construction. Korle Gonno is a low income area in the Greater Accra region and next to Chorkor, a predominantly traditional fishing community with a very large population of young people. The new library could not have come at a better time. The library with other facilities like a computer lab and theatre will certainly change the lives of the youth in the area and produce more productive and responsible citizens for the community and the country as a whole. Well done Kathy, and a big thank you to all donors for such an august course.” K.M. and V.M.