The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has secured funding for the eight year towards the ANA/Yusuf Ali nationwide literary awareness campaign.
The association received the sum of N3 million on January 7, 2019 for this year’s project from the donor, Yusuf Ali (SAN), an Ilorin-based legal practitioner, author and philanthropist.
According to ANA Publicity Secretary (South), Wole Adedoyin, “the grant was first secured by the national executive of ANA in 2012 and all state chapters of the association received sub-grants of N150,000 at various times between 2012-2014 for local literary awareness campaigns involving secondary schools across the country.”
He continued, “in 2015, the grant was applied by the then national executive to host a workshop on fiction writing in Abuja in which about 25 students, drawn from tertiary institutions across the country via a competitive process, participated.”
He said, “in 2016, the Denja Abdullahi-led exco took the campaign a notch further by focusing on innovative campaign among tertiary institutions across the country through the state chapters.”
Chapters submitted proposals on envisaged activities based on which they were assessed and sub-grants finally awarded to 16 of them that met the requirements.
The competitive process was introduced to ensure greater compliance to the overall project vision and to improve on the process of monitoring, evaluation and reportage of the implemented activities.
The grant was used in 2017 to publish three children’s literature titles under the Nigerian Writers Series (NWS), which have been distributed to chapters of ANA nationwide to power ANA’s A-Book-A-Child nationwide project that was flagged off at the ANA’s 36th International Convention, which held in Makurdi, Benue State in October, 2017.
The second phase of the launch was done by the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, at the 37th International Convention of the Association held in Ikeja, Lagos in October 2018.