Fui Can-Tamakloe and the Power of Storytelling for SDG Awareness

Fui Can-Tamakloe and the Power of Storytelling for SDG Awareness

Booksie recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Fui Can-Tamakloe, a fiction author, audio dramatist and screenwriter based in Accra, Ghana. He co-authored "Made in Ghana: A Collection of Short Stories” and has four children's books to his name. Fui's works have appeared both in print and online. He enjoys cold beers, great books, and slow traveling. He writes in English and Ghanaian Pidgin 

Fui is an inspiring writer who has brought the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to life through his engaging children's stories. With a decade of professional writing under his belt, Fui's work on the SDG Changemakers Series is making waves. Let's get into it! 

Can you tell us about your journey into writing?

Fui: I've been writing fiction professionally for almost a decade, but my love for storytelling started much earlier. I've worked on various projects, from animation to audio dramas. In 2022, I was brought on board the SDG project by Mansa, after we collaborated on rewriting comprehension passages for English textbooks published by NNF Esquire.

What inspired you to write stories based on the SDGs?

Fui: The SDGs are crucial human development goals. My aim is to share these goals with the next generation, helping them understand what we aspire to achieve. It's important for kids to grasp these concepts, whether directly or indirectly, as they are the ones who will benefit the most from any progress made.



How do you develop your stories and characters?

Fui: I start with themes and develop storylines that offer new perspectives on everyday issues. For instance, a boy selling ice cream on the streets of Accra might actually be a trafficked child selling drugs. It's all about showing different sides to familiar stories. Creating memorable characters is key – they need to feel real, like people we know. This way, readers can relate and connect deeply with the stories.

What impact have you seen from the SDG Changemakers Series?

Fui: The response has been fantastic. Educators and readers alike have shared positive feedback. It's heartening to see kids engaging with these stories and understanding the SDGs. The books are making a real difference in how children perceive and relate to global issues.

Can you share a bit about your future projects?

Fui: I have several projects in the pipeline. I'm working on an audio drama set in the 1960s about the construction of the Akosombo Dam in Ghana. I'm also developing a new children's book series that will be ready early next year. It's an exciting time, and I can't wait to share these stories with everyone.


Any advice for aspiring writers?

Fui: Just write. It's as simple as that. Dedicate yourself to the craft, keep exploring, and keep producing work. The world is waiting for your unique voice.

We are thrilled to see the impact of Fui Can-Tamakloe's work and look forward to his future projects. Stay tuned for more updates and join us in celebrating the power of storytelling!

Ps: All books in the SDGs series are available on our website.

For more details on the SDG Changemakers Series, contact Fui here.
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