Ghanaian playwright, James Ebo Whyte, was the special guest at last weekend’s edition of Glo/CNN African Voices. He was the third literary star to take his seat on the programme in recent times after Nigeria’s Ben Okri and Biyi Bandele-Thomas. Viewers connected with Whyte, who is popularly called Uncle Ben, on the show which runs at 8.30 a.m. on Friday. There were repeat broadcasts at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, 3.30 a.m., 9:00 a.m and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The programme also runs on Monday at 2:30a.m., 10:30a.m., and 5:30 p.m. It will further be shown on Tuesday at 5:30a.m. and on Wednesday at 8.30 a.m. Glo/CNN African Voices is a half-hour magazine programme sponsored by national telecoms operator, Globacom. The programme brings to viewers successful and high-profile personalities shaping the African continent. James Ebo Whyte is a renowned playwright who helped revive theater in his native Ghana. The writer, popularly known as Uncle Ebo, is a passionate storyteller with a series of plays to his credit that keep people coming back and filling seats at theatre halls. Whyte talked about the life-changing events that have helped him become the confident writer, director and successful producer he is today. For the past thirteen years, Uncle Ebo has been working hard at creating a niche for himself as a household name in Theatre Arts said: “The possibilities in the theatre industry are endless.” Renowned for his thoroughness, his hard work has paid off as he has had two huge successes within the last couple of months with his plays “Unhappy Wives Confused Husbands” and “Mr. President Watch Your Move.” Uncle Ebo trained as a statistician at the University of Ghana. He tutored himself to take his chartered account and marketing exams and worked as the head of Marketing and Finance in a bookselling company. He was also the General Manager of a pharmaceutical company, head of Marketing and Sales of an automobile company as well as head of Finance in a non-bank financial institution. He told viewers why he decided to abandon the corporate world for a career in theatre. He also talked about his hugely popular inspirational programme, Food for Thought, on Ghana’s Joy FM.
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