For the last three years, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has run the ANA/Yusuf Ali Reading Campaign with generous funding from Yusuf Ali SAN, an eminent Nigerian lawyer and strong supporter of literature. These campaigns have been executed at the local chapter level and have been exclusively targeted at secondary schools, getting students to read more through book donations and organizing events that capture their imagination.
The ANA/Yusuf Ali Creative Writing Workshop will see a shift of emphasis from reading to writing, further cementing the stature of the Association and our benefactor, Yusuf Ali SAN, in the literary development of Nigeria. Thus, twenty students from tertiary institutions in Nigeria, who have the potential to be fine writers, have been selected from nearly a hundred entries received during the submissions window.
The participants are—
1 Okafor Emmanuel Tochukwu [University of Benin]
2 Prosper Obum Anuforoh [Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO )]
3 Bentex III [Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria]
4 Mgbemena Evaristus Chukwudalu [Imo State University, Owerri]
5 Akin Tella [University of Ibadan]
6 Tunde Ososanya [Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba]
7 Omoya Yinka Simult [University of Ibadan]
8 Sam Ajasa [Olabisi Onabanjo University]
9 Tolase Ajibola [Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta]
10 Chinaecherem Michael Obor [University of Nigeria]
11 Chinweuba Henry Endurance Ndidi [Federal University Lokoja]
12 Ishola Abdulwasiu Ajibola [University of Ilorin]
13 Wazani Ijafaru [University of Maiduguri]
14 Nnamani Chiemerie [University of Nigeria]
15 Basit Jamiu [Ekiti State University]
16 Udeme Ralph Obot [University of Calabar]
17 Monday Godwin Oodo [Federal University. Lokoja]
18 Odu-Oga Omowunmi Abosede [Fed. College of Edu. Abeokuta]
19 Cynthia Onyinye Anyamene [Tansian University]
20 Peter Ukwa [Niger Delta University]
The Workshop will be facilitated by Charles Akinsete, a lecturer at the Department of English, University of Ibadan. Charles teaches African American Literature, African Literature and Oral Aesthetics in African Literature. His PhD research is on Postmodern Tenets in Black Diaspora Literature. Charles has also worked as a journalist in the Nigerian Tribune and was an editor at Safari Books Publishers, Ibadan.
He will facilitate the learning of the rudiments of fiction through a combination of talking, PowerPoint presentations and class work.
The target is to produce an Anthology of Creative Writing. Professor Kanchana Ugbabe of the University of Jos will serve as Editor of the Anthology.
The Workshop will hold in Abuja from the 23rd to the 25th October at the Savannah Suites Resort in the Gwarinpa Estate. Local air travel, accommodation and most meals will be covered by the Association.