Northern writers elect maiden EXCO

The Northern Nigeria Writers’ Summit (NNWS) has elected its maiden members of executive council.

A statement by Odoh Diego Okeyondo, who chaired the committee that conducted the elections, said the official are to lead the association for the period of two years.

Those elected include, chairman, Dr. Bashir Abusabe, chairman; vice-chairman, Omale Allen Abdujabbar, and Safiya Ismail Yero emerged as the secretary of the association.

Other are assistant secretary, Ismail Bala Garba; treasurer, Hussaini Kodo; PRO (North Central ), Awaal Gata; PRO (North East), Yusuf Garba Yusuf; PRO (North West), Haruna Adamu Hadejia; PRO (North East), Yusuf Garba Yusuf; Auditor, Maryam Gatawa; legal adviser, Ogbe Benson Aduojo, and Tee Jay Dan who emerged as ex-officio.

NNWS was founded in Minna in 2008 as anumbrella organisation for writers resident in northern Nigeria, irrespective of their identity, with the aim of setting agenda and plan of action for the writers’ community in the region.

Going forwarded, NNWS is expected to develop a blueprint for literature in northern Nigeria, construct its headquarters, establish Arewa Awards and literary series, prizes, and organizing conferences on indigenous languages.

The newly elected chairman is is a specialist in Hausa literature at the Department of Nigerian Languages, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina.

His area of expertise includes Hausa Popular Literature, Comparative Literature and Hausa film studies. The academic recently concluded a research sponsored on a vocalist, Barmani Choge.

Sabe obtained his PhD in African Studies from Cairo University, Egypt in 2016 and his Masters from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

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