Ayobami Adebayo, Kasimma Chinelo Okani and Temitope Shadiat Jimoh are the recipients of the June/July 2016 edition of the Ebedi International Writers Residency Program.
Ebedi International Writers Residency is a private initiative for Writers to complete their on-going works free of charge in a convenient environment. The writer is accorded space and time to do their work and in return, they are expected to mentor Secondary School students in Iseyin and environs in any area of Creative Art convenient for them. The residency is open to all writers on the African continent.
The six year old initiative enjoys the support of the Belgium based organization Arts Moves Africa (AMA) in the provision of free air ticketsto its foreign applicants, the Lagos based Literamed Publishers for the publication of quality works from the Residency as well as the Wole Soyinka Writers Residency, Abeokuta, Ogun State in the co-hosting of Ebedi Residents. It has hosted more than 60 writers from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroun, South Africa and Ivory Coast. Some of those who have benefitted from this initiative are Yewande Omotoso, Doreen Baingana, Ayodele Olofintuade, Obinna Udenwe and Jumoke Verissimo.
Ayobami Adebayo has had her short stories and poems appear in African Writing Online, east Jasmine Review, Farafina Magazine, Saraba Magazine, Kalahari Review, Off the Coast, Lawino Magazine. Her novel, Stay with Me, will be published in October 2016 by Kwani? and in the UK and USA in 2017 by Canongate and Knopf.
Kasimma Chinelo Okani was voted by the Abuja Literary Society as the Best Young Writer of the year 2006. In 2009, she published her first novel titled Buried Truth with Author House in the UK and in 2015 she published her first collection of short stories titled Housemates. She runs the blog www.kasimma.blogspot.com.
Temitope Shadiat Jimoh hopes to spend her time in Ebedi to complete work on her first collection of short stories as well as mentor Iseyin Students in the art of beads making and folklore.