Library of Africa and African Diaspora announces West African Writer fellowship residents.

The Accra-based Library of Africa and the African Diaspora announced the residents for the West African Writer fellowship on February 22, 2022.

The Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora is a research library, archive, writing residency, and research institute dedicated to the work of African and Diaspora writers from the late 19th-century to the present day.

In 2021, the library made a callout for a new residency programme for writers who are citizens of any one of 16 West African countries. The residency was offering committed writers working on a longform project uninterrupted time and space to focus on their work in a supportive environment with other writers from across the region. It was supported by the ACP-EU Culture Programme: West Africa.

The callout received 120 applications from nine West African countries and a mixture of emerging and established writers and cut across genre, from fiction to poetry to creative nonfiction and academic writing were selected. The eighteen residents who were revealed yesterday are;

  • Molara Wood (Nigeria)
  • Joseph Kaifala, (Sierra Leone)
  • Nzinga Bandida (Cote D’Ivoire)
  • Cheryl S. Ntumy (Ghana)
  • Shedrack Akanbi (Nigeria)
  • FerdulisZita Odome Angone (Senegal)
  • Nathaniel Soonest (Nigeria)
  • Adam Nyang (Gambia)
  • Linford Kennedy Amankwaa (Ghana)
  • Epifania Amoo Adare (Ghana)
  • Ivana Okotowaa Ofori (Ghana)
  • Bartholomew C. Akpah (Liberia)
  • Okupe Mofiyinfoluwa (Nigeria)
  • Henneh Kwaku Kyereh (Ghana)
  • Araba Ofori Acquah (Ghana)
  • Akumbu Uche (Nigeria)
  • Gabriel Awuah Mainoo (Ghana)
  • Immaculata Abba (Nigeria)