Price of being a writer

June 9, 2018 AbdulYasser AbdulHamid 0

  In January 2018, as a fresh, hot-headed graduate then, when I decided to put my ambition to be a writer into practice, I suspected that the decision would come with the same easiness as when I resolved to hang up my boots. Howbeit, I was not up to the class of professional footballers, I journeyed to different places, I Read More

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Thrills at ANA Abuja celebrity reading

June 9, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

  Literary enthusiasts thronged to witness the maiden edition of Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA Abuja Chapter’s Celebrity reading, featuring Mr Timothy Okon, a Senior Technical Assistant to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources on Fiscals. To the thrill and awe of all, Mr Okon stressed that for Nigeria’s literary scene to be commercially viable, stronger copyright laws and Read More

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We need more children literature –Salamatu Sule

June 9, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

Last year, your children story book, Oma: The Drummer Queen, was published along two other titles in the ANA’s Nigeria Writers Series (NWS); how did you feel to be selected? I felt great and happy that my manuscript got to the selection list and that Nigeria children gets to read my work. Yes, there were quite a huge number of Read More

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Writers to the rescue in absence of consciousness

June 3, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

  Guests at the May edition of the Abuja Writer Forum’s Guest Writer Session have advanced that writers the world over have in many instances rescued nations by deploying their art towards evoking thought (consciousness), eliciting responses and protesting bad leadership or governance. In his presentation, the Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Marcelino Cabanas Ansorena, who traced the evolution of literature Read More

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“Writers motivate social consciousness in unfavourable circumstances”

June 3, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

  Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Marcelino Cabanas Ansorena, has said that writers, world over, help motivate social consciousness particularly in certain unfavourable circumstances. Speaking at Abuja Writer Forum’s Guest Writer Session, May edition, Ansorena, traced the evolution of literature in Spain as well as its contribution to the social development of the country. The ambassador, therefore, drew an analogy between Read More

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A tale of four women

May 14, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

  Grandma Laraba Zaku Her rasp voice blended into the innocence of the morning: ‘Oh, God, thank you for yesterday. I am not among the best of beings but you have kept me. You give food to the hungry, home to the homeless, clothing to the naked; surely you are God and ever will be. Now that the night has Read More

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AWF unveils festival website

May 12, 2018 Blueprint Newspaper 0

Abuja Writers Forum (AWF) has launched a new website for the Abuja Literary Festival which will hold from June 28- 30, 2018. The website will provide regular updates about the festival as panelists and authors are confirmed in the coming days. In a press statement issued by AWF’s Public Relation Officer, Edith Yassin, explained that there will also be insightful Read More

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Govt policies, piracy, others bane of publishing –Publishers

May 12, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

  Leading book publishers in Africa and writers rose from a seminar to declare that the publishing industry on the continent is endangered by the activities of pirates and unfavourable government policies. Other major challenges discussed at the seminar included shortage of books, illiteracy and poor infrastructure. The event was organised by the Nigerian Publishers Association in Lagos to address Read More

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AWF unveils festival website

May 10, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Abuja Writers Forum (AWF) has launched a new website for the Abuja Literary Festival which will hold from June 28- 30, 2018. The website will provide regular updates about the festival as panelists and authors are confirmed in the coming days. In a press statement issued by AWF’s Public Relation Officer, Edith Yassin, explained that there will also be insightful Read More

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Nature, nurture and controversy blend in The Real Soldier

May 5, 2018 Salamatu Sule 0

  Title: The Real Soldier Author: Agboola Samson Oluwatosin Publisher: Lulu.com Pages: 202 The Real Soldier is a psychological nonfiction book written by Agboola Samson Oluwatosin. It explores in specific, the cognitive behavioural personality traits and blends of Officers, personnel, Aircraftmen and ratings within the framework of the Nigerian Military setting. What informs the author to examine the different environmental, Read More

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Parents should ensure children’s access to libraries –Mrs Funmi Ilori

April 28, 2018 Abdulhafeez T. Oyewole 0

Mrs Funmi Ilori is a social entrepreneur, professional teacher, environmentalist, innovator, story teller and a child-lover. She is the founder of an innovative mobile library for children: “iRead mobile library.” She was one of the facilitators of the recent ANA/Yusuf Ali Capacity Building Workshop in Ilorin. In this interview with ABDULHAFEEZ T. OYEWOLE, she speaks about her innovative library brand, Read More

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How Miracle Igbokwe won Big Brother Naija 2018

April 23, 2018 Agi Onda, with agencies 0

Miracle Ikechukwu Igbokwe, also known as fl yboy, yesterday, won the hearts of many Nigerians with his straight forwardness and romantic escapades with fellow housemate, Nina. The finals saw five housemates, Alex, Tobi, Cee C, Nina and Miracle gunning for the top prize with Miracle emerging winner with highest number of votes. Miracle goes home with N25 million cash prize Read More

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6 Ways to handle break ups

April 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

A relationship break up according t o W i k i p e d i a , i s often called simple break up, is the termination of an intimate relationship in a different way than death. The act is usually called “dumping ” in slang when initiated by a partner. The term is less likely to apply to a Read More

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April guest writers’ session spotlights bikers, Mexican literature

April 21, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

  The April guest writers’ session of the Abuja Writers Forum, themed “Beyond the Bike” would spotlight the literary side of two bikers and some current trends in contemporary Mexican literature. A statement by the Forum’s Public relations Officer (PRO), Edith Yassin, said the Mexican representation will be through Ambassador Alejandro Garcia Moreno Elizondo, while Ogbonnaya Kanu and Osisiye Tafa Read More

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Review of No Home In This Land

April 21, 2018 Rasaq Malik 0

A critical attempt to look into the roles which literature plays in the recent time has facilitated a clear response further establishing the universal belief that poetry has a big obligation to perform in the documentation, history-archiving and sanity control of the society. This literary postulation which has placed a tag of moral burden and responsibility on poetry as the Read More

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I want to restore ANA Abuja to glorious position-Halima Usman

April 21, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

  Halima Usman is an award-winning poet and an advocate of literary creativity and environmental activist. She stands out with her literary initiative: “Turning Poetry To Action”, under her Foundation Halimafactor Community Initiative. Mrs Usman, who is vying for the chairmanship of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Abuja Chapter in this Interview with IBRAHIM RAMALAN, talks about her resolve Read More

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Not all poets can be spoken-word artiste – Isa

April 14, 2018 Abdulhafeez T. Oyewole 0

Umar Saidu Isa fondly called The Dynamic Galvanizer is a poet, writer, blogger and a motivational speaker. He is also the CEO of Etsumar Poetry, an audio production and graphics presentation outfit. In this interview with ABDULHAFEEZ T. OYEWOLE, he speaks about his works and passion for a better Nigeria. What is your background and how did you come about Read More

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AWF revives Abuja Literary Festival, to hold June 28

April 14, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

All is set for the return of the Abuja Writers Forum (AWF) Literary Festival from June 28-30, 2018 in Abuja. A statement by the forum’s Public Relations Officer, Edith Yassin, the Festival is being re-launched to mark the 10th anniversary of the AWF which began its literary activities in June 2008. Ms Yassin said the festival will feature bookrama sessions Read More

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Thrills from National Theatre of Ghana’s visit to Ilorin

April 7, 2018 Abdulhafeez T. Oyewole 0

  It was a glorious evening of refreshing musical, dance and theatrical galore at the residence of Justice Mustapha Akanbi (retd.) in Ilorin, as the National Theatre of Ghana paid him a courtesy visit recently. The gathering, which had in attendance families, friends, colleagues and well-wishers of the retired President of the Court of Appeal, witnessed amazing displays of dances, Read More

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Author tasks govt on creative industry, reading culture

April 6, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

The author of Power of Choice, Mrs. Kelicha Ochonogor, has enjoined the federal government to support the creative industry to grow to its full potential. She particularly wants encouragement for book writers by way of recommending their works to schools for use. Ochonogo, who is the author of Darling, It’s Not Working; Understanding the Force of Liberty; Prayer Enhancers; Steps Read More

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Kenya Khadija Bajaber wins Graywolf Press Prize

April 6, 2018 Blueprint Newspaper 0

Kenyan poet Khadija Abdalla Bajaber has been announced as the Graywolf Press Africa Prize 2018 winner for her manuscript, The House of Rust. She received a $12,000 advance and her manuscript gets published in English by Graywolf Press and in Italian. The prize was being judged principally by Igoni Barrett famous for his Kafkaesque novel, Blackass, and his short story Read More

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Reading, writing without computer knowledge is illiteracy – UNESCO

April 6, 2018 Ibrahim Ramalan 0

  The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organistaion (UNESCO) has said knowing how to read and write without knowledge of computer is synonymous with illiteracy. UNESCO Regional Director, Mr Ydo Yao, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the side-lines of the National Launch of the 2017/2018 Global Education Monitoring Report in Abuja. The report Read More

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