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Literature / Oyo State Library Board Set To Host Ibadan Book Club May Reading by synw: 6:46pm On May 18
OYO STATE LIBRARY BOARD SET TO HOST IBADAN BOOK CLUB MAY READING
Oyo State Library Board under the headship of Mrs. A.I Akinlolu will on Saturday, 29th of May 2021 host the Ibadan Book Club’s monthly Guest Writer/Reader Session. This May edition is expected to feature Murthada O. Lawal, former Acting Managing Director of the University of Lagos Press and Bookshop who is also the current Oyo State Chairman of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA).
This was contained in a statement jointly issued by the Coordinator and Publicity Secretary of the Club, Ayobami Odunayo and Emeka Emmanuel in Ibadan on Monday.
The May edition of IBC Reading also coincides with the Club’s annual Agbolade Busari Memorial Lecture.
At the event, Murthada O. Lawal is expected to deliver a lecture titled “Extending Creative Legacy”. He will also talk about the Fundamentals of Children Literature and the Aesthetics of Book Illustration.
Murthada O. Lawal is a graduate of Fine Art from The Polytechnic Ibadan, Eruwa Campus and Yaba College of Technology where he obtained his HND in Painting (1992). Afterwards he got a Masters Degree at the University of Ibadan.

The artist has worked in different capacities as a cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer for numerous magazine, newspaper, publishing companies and multinational organizations which include IITA, Ibadan. He rose through managerial positions such as Production Manager at Melrose Books and Publishing. Operations Manager and later Acting Managing Director of the University of Lagos Press and Book Shop.

Presently he is back fulltime in the studio, working as a painter, Illustrator, Designer, 2D and 3D Animator. His commissioned artworks adorn public and private spaces in Nigeria and abroad

Murthada O. Lawal has won many awards. Some of the awards are: NOMA Award runner up, Kobe, Japan (1994), TIG 1st prize Award, Canada (2003), Macmillan Literature Award, UK (2006) etc.

The upcoming book reading event promises to be an avenue for reading creative works such as poetry, fiction, book sales and signing, contacts with other readers and book writers in all corners of the state of Oyo, the statement added.
Prospective writers who have works in poetry, short stories and novels can also attend to read their works to other writers and readers. Membership forms and Certificates of Membership will be available at no charge to first timers.
Ibadan Book Club is an initiative of the Nigerian Young Writers Society. It was founded in 2011 by SYNW in order to contribute its own quota to the growth and development of the Reading Culture in the State of Oyo.
The Ibadan Book Club consists of a group of people who meet, meet periodically to discuss the book they have read and exchange those books. Club members encourage each other and learn to read with a critical mind, articulating their opinions about a particular book with others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.
Some of the publications published by Ibadan Book Club are: Olubadan Centennial Anthology: a collection of essays, articles, poems and works of art in honor of Oba (Dr.) Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, Voices from Oja Oba Market and Finally, Senator Abiola Ajimobi: Memories, Dreams, Reflections of a Mind Always in Motion.
ABOUT OYO STATE LIBRARY BOARD
The Oyo State Library Board under the current headship of Mrs. A.I Akinlolu (State Librarian) came into existence historically in 1955, to support the free primary education of Western State Government led by Late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. It was then known as Western Regional Library, was established by the Western State Government tosadi) compliment the efforts of government toward improving the educational standard (ii) provide qualitative library services to the people of the region and to the school environment (iii) to encourage reading culture among the school children.

In 1976, when Oyo State was carved out of the Western state, the library nomenclature changed to Oyo State Library under the Ministry of Education while the Head of Library was renamed the Chief Librarian.

The development of Library services actually took place in 1988 when the Military Administration of Col. Sasaenia Oresanya decided to enact a law for the establishment of Oyo State Library Board which is regarded as an autonomous government parastatal with the enactment of Edict No 18 of August 1988. This development thereby gave way for the
composition of Board led by Prof. Adebimpe Aboyade and supported by four (4) other professional librarians including Prof. D.F. Elaturoti (then Dr. Elaturoti) and Mrs. Oderinde (then of Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan). The composition of the Board brought the
introduction of active library services in the state while the mandate given to the Board became more pronounced and includes provision of qualitative and quantitative library services throughout the state. These includes: (a) library services to the rural populace, (b) services to school libraries,(c) training of library personnel working in schools, local governments, ministries and other government parastatals (d) to serve as legal depository of all works published in the state.

In 1999, the State government approved the nomenclature of the Head of Library to change from the Director to the State Librarian; and now has 4 directorates namely (a) Public Library Services Department (b) Schools Library Services Department and (c) Administration and
Supply (d) Finance and Accounts. The Board has two (2) functional Branch Libraries in Ibadan at Elekuro and Bodija. Three Zonal Libraries were built outside the State capital at Oyo, Ogbomoso, and Saki respectively. The first two Zonal libraries are functional, while the other
one is almost complete.

Presently, the Headquarters’ complex comprises of about 8 sections including an ICT unit which provides Information Technology services free of charge to the registered library users.

Literature / Ibadan Book Club Set To Host Murthada O. Lawal As Guest Reader by synw: 6:40pm On May 18
IBADAN BOOK CLUB SET TO HOST MURTHADA O. LAWAL AS GUEST READER/WRITER FOR HER MAY BOOK READING
Ibadan Book Club (IBC) has set aside May 29, 2021 to host Murthada O. Lawal as her Guest Writer/Reader for the month of May.
A statement jointly signed by the Coordinator and Publicity Secretary of the Club, Ayobami Odunayo and Emeka Emmanuel said that the event will take place at the Main Hall of the Oyo State Library Board, Opposite Cocoa House, Dugbe, Ibadan by 12p.m.
Murthada O. Lawal is a graduate of Fine Art from The Polytechnic Ibadan, Eruwa Campus and Yaba College of Technology where he obtained his HND in Painting (1992). Afterwards he got a Masters Degree at the University of Ibadan.

The artist has worked in different capacities as a cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer for numerous magazine, newspaper, publishing companies and multinational organizations which include IITA, Ibadan. He rose through managerial positions such as Production Manager at Melrose Books and Publishing. Operations Manager and later Acting Managing Director of the University of Lagos Press and Book Shop.

Presently he is back fulltime in the studio, working as a painter, Illustrator, Designer, 2D and 3D Animator. His commissioned artworks adorn public and private spaces in Nigeria and abroad

Murthada O. Lawal has won many awards. Some of the awards are: NOMA Award runner up, Kobe, Japan (1994), TIG 1st prize Award, Canada (2003), Macmillan Literature Award, UK (2006) etc.
The upcoming book reading event promises to be an avenue for reading creative works such as poetry, fiction, book sales and signing, contacts with other readers and book writers in all corners of the state of Oyo, the statement added.
Prospective writers who have works in poetry, short stories and novels can also attend to read their works to other writers and readers. Membership forms and certificate of membership will be available at no charge to first timers.
Ibadan Book Club is an initiative of the Nigerian Young Writers Society. It was founded in 2011 by SYNW in order to contribute its own quota to the growth and development of the Reading Culture in the State of Oyo.
The Ibadan Book Club consists of a group of people who meet, meet periodically to discuss the book they have read and exchange those books. Club members encourage each other and learn to read with a critical mind, articulating their opinions about a particular book with others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.
Some of the publications published by Ibadan Book Club are: Olubadan Centennial Anthology: a collection of essays, articles, poems and works of art in honor of Oba (Dr.) Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, Voices from Oja Oba Market and Finally, Senator Abiola Ajimobi: Memories, Dreams, Reflections of a Mind Always in Motion.

Literature / Ibadan Book Club Holds Busari Agbolade Memorial Lecture by synw: 6:32pm On May 18
IBADAN BOOK CLUB HOLDS BUSARI AGBOLADE MEMORIAL LECTURE
Ibadan Book Club in conjunction with AZA Artists and Writers Movement will hold its annual Busari Agbolade Memorial Lecture in honour of one of its Patrons and the former Chairman of AZA Writers and Artists Movement, Busari Olaniyi Agbolade who died around April of last year.
The lecture will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021.
This was contained in a statement jointly issued by Ayobami Odunayo and Gboye Abidoye, representatives of the Ibadan Book Club and AZA Artists and Writers Movement in Ibadan on Monday.
The lecture which will hold at the Main Hall of the Oyo State Library Board by 12:00PM Prompt.
The Memorial lecture will be delivered by Murthada O. Lawal on the topic: “Extending Creative Legacy”.
Busari Olaniyi Agbolade, a professional painter, steel fabricator was born on 13th July, 1948. He attended A.U.D Primary School, Ila Orangun from 1955-1960, L.A Secondary School, Ila Orangun from 1961-1963. He later enrolled as an apprentice under Adegoke Metal Construction Company from 1965 to 1967.
He worked with Niger West Construction Company, Niger Dam Authority and Uren Construction Engineering Company between 1969 and 1975. In 1976, He studied Aluminium and Copper Artistic Panel Beating under the tutelage of Yekini Agboola, an apprentice to Chief Ashiru Olatunde of Osogbo School.

He joined the Abayomi Barber School of Thought of the University of Lagos to study painting in 1980. He worked with the University of Lagos from 1980 and resigned his appointment in 1993 to become a full time artist.

He has participated in several exhibitions such as Barber School Exhibition sponsored by N.C.A.C in 1984, Benue State Art Exhibition – 1985, Lagos State Art Council – 1986, “ Man in Focus” exhibition by Federal Department of Culture – 1086, Exhibition of Paintings and Batiks by three Nigerian Artists in Dakar – Senegal 1987.

Exhibition of Paintings, Batiks, Carvings and Ceramics by Six Nigerian Artists with 843 Studio Gallery, East New York, U.S.A from October-December 1988 Lagos State Chapter of S.N.A. Annual exhibition from 1991-2009.

Some of his commissioned works are:- Portraits of HRH Aholu Menu Toyi, Akran of Badagry, Orangun of Ila, Oba William Adetona Ayeni and other prominent Nigerians both home and abroad. Painting of “Mother and Child” commissioned by 843 Studio Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Some of his works (paintings) can be viewed at https://artsfocus./2014/08/14/electronic-exhibition-of-mr-busari-olaniyi-agbolades-painting-works/. Before his death, Elder Busari Olaniyi Agbolade was the Chairman of AZA Artists and Writers Movement.

Literature / Ekiti Book Club Set To Host Sandra Nwagboso For May Reading In Ekiti State by synw: 5:17pm On May 18
EKITI BOOK CLUB SET TO HOST SANDRA NWAGBOSO FOR MAY READING IN EKITI STATE

Ekiti Book Club (EBC) has set aside Friday, 21st of May 2021 to host Sandra N. Nwagboso as her Guest Writer/Reader for the month of May.
A statement issued by the Coordinator, Olamilekan Okebiorun said that the event will take place at Phase 1, New Pavilion Lecture Hall, Federal University of Oye (FUOYE) Ekiti, Ekiti State by 2:00PM.

Sandra N. Nwagboso holds a doctorate degree from the University of Port Harcourt. She teaches African Literature, European Literature, Contemporary Nigerian Literature and Women's Writings. Her research interests include: Literary Theory and Criticism, Women's Writings, Gender Studies, African Literature, European Literature, Creative Psychoanalysis, Jungian Analytical Psychology. She has published articles on Women's Writings, Feminism and Jungian Literary Analysis in peer-reviewed journals. Her poems can be found in World on the Brinks: An Anthology of Covid-19 Pandemic and Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies. She is particularly interested in the voice of the woman.
The forthcoming book reading event promises to be an avenue of book and poetry reading, Spoken words, book sales and signing, networking with fellow book readers and writers across the nooks and crannies of Ekiti State, the statement added.
Upcoming writers who have works in poetry, short stories and novels can also attend to read their works to fellow writers and readers. Membership forms and Certificate of Membership will be made available free of charge to the first timers.
Ekiti Book Club is an initiative of Society of Young Nigerian Writers. It was established by the Society in order to contribute its own quota towards the growth and development of Reading Culture in Ekiti State. Ekiti Book Club consists of group of people who get together, periodically meet to discuss the book they have read, and to exchange such books. The members of the club encourage each other, and learn to read with a critical awareness, articulating their opinions on a particular book with the others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.

Literature / Ekiti Book Club Pays Courtesy Visit To Dg Ekiti State Council For Arts by synw: 5:07pm On May 18
EKITI BOOK CLUB PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO DG EKITI STATE COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURE, DISCUSSES WAYS TO MOVE READING CULTURE, ARTS AND TOURISM FORWARD IN EKITI STATE.

Ekiti Book Club under the leadership of Olamilekan Okebiorun on Monday, 17th of May, 2021 met with the Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture and Special Adviser to the Governor on Arts and Tourism, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre, in Ado Ekiti, the capital of the state to introduce the agenda and activities of the Club and to seek for aid in the smooth running of the club.
After being warmly received, the Book Club Coordinator, Olamilekan Okebiorun alongside Hannah Ojo, Jegede Oluwapelumi and Olalekan Shuaib elucidate on the purpose of the visit which embodies the initiative, aims and objectives of the Club to the Commissioner and his officials including top Journalists and creative writers in the state.
Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre expresses his pleasure and interest in the creation of the club and promises to assist in every way he can to ensure the successful landing of all project especially the Ekiti Poetry and Colours festival that will host tourists from all walks of life and aficionados of arts.
He also announced it to be a long-term run and made efforts in pulling the ropes of prominent writers of the state. Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre further lectured members of the book club on the tourist centers in Ekiti and effortless disabused every misconception that puts Ekiti on the map of Artlessness.
A broad discussion followed highlighting the plans of the Club and how Literature can be infused with arts, culture, festival and tourism, reaching Ekiti nooks and crannies.
The meeting ended on a wonderful and positive note with plans of further meetings.
Ekiti Book Club is an initiative of Society of Young Nigerian Writers. It was established by the Society in order to contribute its own quota towards the growth and development of Reading Culture in Ekiti State. Ekiti Book Club consists of group of people who get together, periodically meet to discuss the book they have read, and to exchange such books. The members of the club encourage each other, and learn to read with a critical awareness, articulating their opinions on a particular book with the others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.

Literature / Writers Must Learn To Market Their Books -– Brenda Mohammed by synw: 4:28am On May 10
WRITERS MUST LEARN TO MARKET THEIR BOOKS -– BRENDA MOHAMMED

Brenda Mohammed is the author of the popular, multi-award-winning, bestselling book titled “How to Write for Success”, She has won several literary awards in the USA, Peru, Kazakhstan, Seychelles, Nigeria, India, Argentina, and the UK, and made headlines in several newspapers around the world. In this interview with Wole Adedoyin, she talks about her life and writing career.


WA: TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR WRITING BACKGROUND- WHAT YOU’VE WRITTEN, WHAT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WRITING.
BM: I started writing in the year 2013. I was a former bank manager and a Financial Advisor. Cancer struck and I survived miraculously. I wrote a memoir to relate my experiences and to advise readers that cancer is not a death sentence. It became a best seller. That encouraged me to keep writing and to date I have published 36 books. My last book, a psychological thriller, was published on March 10th 2021, so I have not yet decided what will be my next topic for my 37th book.
I love to dabble in every genre and have written memoirs, romances, science fiction, mysteries, thrillers, children’s literature, self-help, and poetry. I have also compiled poetry anthologies and started a quarterly magazine for the “How to Write for Success Literary Network” of which I am the Founder.

WA: WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT A PIECE OF WRITING?
BM: Writing which is well expressed and filled with emotion excite any reader. I am excited about such writings.

WA: WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE WRITERS AND WHY?
BM: One popular writer whose books I enjoy, is Stephen King. His writing style is easy to read and his books are thrilling. I have also read many books by not so famous writers, whose writings are compelling to read.
I would like to mention that one of the first books I read that inspired me for life was, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.

WA: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW WRITER STARTING OUT?
BM: They should be patient and hardworking. I wrote a book especially for new writers, and it is also for seasoned writers. The name of the book is How to Write for Success. It is the book that inspired me to establish a Literary forum with three sub-forums and growing membership in excess of 11,000 members.
This bestselling book received a five-star review from Readers Favorite one month after it was published in December 2017. In August 2019 it topped all the books in the Non-Fiction category of Connections E-magazine Readers’ Choice awards and won the gold medal in the category of non-fiction. It also placed second in all categories and won the silver medal. It is remarkable that my romance novel, STORIES PEOPLE LOVE placed first in all categories, and also won the gold medal in the romance category. It was a quadruple win.
The merits of the book HOW TO WRITE FOR SUCCESS were featured in a review in the Ethiopian Herald Sunday Edition on February 16th, 2020.Alem Hailu of the Ethiopian Herald surprised me with this detailed review which he published.
https://www.press.et/english/?p=19103


WA: WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
BM: I receive my inspiration to write from everyday life experiences. I observe a lot about what is taking place in the world and around me.


WA: DO YOU HAVE A WRITING ROUTINE? A PLACE THAT’S SPECIAL?
BM: I have a comfortable library with a computer and all writing accessories. I spend most of the day there when I am not shopping or in the kitchen. My husband is very supportive of my writing and he cooks lunch on many days and serves me in the library. That way, I can spend many hours writing with no time limits.

WA: HOW, WHEN AND WHY DID YOU FIRST START WRITING?
BM: I always loved writing from school days and topped my class in essay competitions. I graduated with a distinction in English language. When I worked at the bank, my superiors were always impressed with my writing and financial acumen. I was promoted to the Credit Department to prepare financial proposals for business customers, and many of my proposals were approved by Head office officials without question. I was later promoted to Managerial status and assisted in the business growth of the bank’s branches and towns to which I was assigned. I still did not think of writing as a career until my bout with cancer as I mentioned above.

WA: WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER HAD PUBLISHED?
BM: The first book I published was I am Cancer Free and it became a bestseller.

WA: DO YOU ADDRESS PARTICULAR THEMES OR ISSUES IN YOUR WRITING?
BM: Yes. I do. In many of my books you will see that I have addressed issues such as love, heartbreak, suicide, domestic abuse, revenge, kidnapping, life’s purpose, retirement, and others.

WA: HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED SENDING YOUR WRITING OUT INTO THE WORLD?
BM: To be honest, I was very scared. I was scared that readers would not like my writings. I was so wrong. I received many five-star reviews, awards, and accolades. Many books achieved Amazon bestselling ranking No 1.

WA: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS FROM?
BM: For the fiction books, I used my imagination. For the memoirs, they were all my personal experiences.

WA: HOW DID YOU GET YOUR PUBLISHER?
BM: I self-published all of my books on Amazon.

WA: TELL US WHAT KIND OF RESPONSES YOU GET FROM AUDIENCES.
BM: I won several literary awards in the USA, Peru, Kazakhstan, Seychelles, Nigeria, India, Argentina, and UK, and made headlines in several newspapers around the world.
I was inducted into the Indie Author's Wall of Fame in the USA in January 2020.
In 2018, I received two awards from Readers Favorite International in Miami for two of my books- Zeeka Chronicles and I am Cancer Free.
Three of my books won gold awards in Connection EMagazine Readers’ Choice Awards - Zeeka Chronicles (2018], Stories People Love (2019), and How to Write for Success (2019).
Several of my books received five-star reviews from Readers Favourite International, topped the charts of Amazon and attained Amazon bestselling rank No 1.
I was recognised in newspaper reports in Trinidad and Tobago Newsday on 7th November 2018, 16th October 2020, and Trinidad Guardian and Worldnews.net on 20th September 2020.
News of my success reached as far as Ethiopia where a journalist by the name of Alem Hailu interviewed me online on 17th November 2019 for the Ethiopian Sunday Herald. He also published a glowing and detailed review of my book How to Write for Success.

WA: HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU?
BM: I am on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

WA: TIPS, TRICKS, THINGS TO PASS ON TO DEDICATED WRITE?
BM: I will suggest that new and aspiring writers read my book, How to Write for Success, and join my How to Write for Success Literary Network on Facebook, to learn tips, tricks, and what it takes to become a bestselling author.

WA: ANY TYPICAL/COMMON MISTAKES THAT NEW WRITERS TEND TO MAKE?
BM: Many writers believe that after publishing their books they can sit back and relax and readers will rush to buy their books. If readers do not know about their books how can they buy them? Writers must learn to market their books to forums and places that are frequented by readers who are looking for good books to read. They must also be prepared to spend money on book promotions. Another mistake that writers make is to only publish the paperback version. While it is a known fact that paperback sales exceed those of kindle, kindle sales can cause your book to top the ranks on Amazon, become a bestseller, and pave the way for your paperback sales. It is always advisable to do both paperback and Kindle versions. The third mistake writers make is in determining categories. Some writers are using categories that do not match the content of their books. For instance, a poetry book described in the blurb as romantic poetry, or, an Anthology of adult poems should not be categorized as Children's Literature.
There could be repercussions if a parent looks at the category only, and buy such books as presents for their children, only to realize they are for adults. Amazon has a section below each book to report such issues. Read all about this in the award-winning and best-selling book HOW TO WRITE FOR SUCCESS available on Amazon.

WA: WHICH OF YOUR BOOKS WERE THE MOST ENJOYABLE TO WRITE?
BM: I enjoyed writing all 36 of my books, but the one that has a special place in my heart is Zeeka Chronicles. Here is the book description:
If you have not yet read Zeeka Chronicles, a futuristic thriller and award-winning novel inspired by the scare of the zika virus, you will be unaware of what can take place in the minds of mad scientists who try to use a virus to control lives. Dr. Stephen Sharpe, kidnapped as a child and raised by an evil man nicknamed Zeeka, who tried to use science for revenge, attempts to restore sanity to the island of Gosh, even if it means throwing his fiancé into the arms of his brother, who never knew him. It is a complicated tale where zombies and robots take center stage. ZEEKA CHRONICLES: REVENGE OF ZEEKA. written by multi-award winning and bestselling Author Brenda Mohammed, comprises five thrilling episodes set on a beautiful fictitious island named Gosh in the year 2036. This futuristic thriller was an award winner in the Category Young Adult Thriller in Readers Favorite International Awards 2018, winner in Science Fiction in SIBA Awards 2017, winner of the gold award in the category science fiction in Connections Emagazine Readers' Choice Awards 2018, and winner in the top ten finalists for science-fiction in the Author Academy Global Awards 2018. Readers Favorite International gave it a five-star review. Take a futuristic journey into the year 2036 with this mind-blowing, bold, and original 'other world' book, that will capture your imagination and keep you spellbound.

WA: TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK? WHAT WAS THE JOURNEY LIKE?
BM: As I said before, my first published book was I am Cancer Free. It was an emotional journey writing that book, as I had to recall the whole traumatic experience including the financial expenses involved.

WA: WHAT IS THE KEY THEME AND/OR MESSAGE IN THE BOOK?
BM: The key theme of the book is ,Cancer does not have to be a death sentence.

WA: WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
BM: My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/brenchri/, My website is http://allauthor.com/author/brenchris, I am on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bcmohammed, I am on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mohammedbrenda. My Twitter handle is mirroe.



ABOUT BRENDA MOHAMMED

Author of the popular, multi-award-winning, bestselling book HOW TO WRITE FOR SUCCESS, Brenda C. Mohammed, a former Bank Manager from Trinidad is a renowned multi-genre, bestselling, and multi-award-winning author.
She holds a Diploma in Banking from the Institute of Bankers in London, and a Diploma in Life Underwriting from the American College, USA
She qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table, the Premier Association for Financial Professionals, six times in a row.
To date, she has published thirty-six books. Her genres include memoirs, science fiction, romance, self-help, mystery, children’s books, psychological thrillers, poetry, and poetry anthologies. Her self-help book, ‘How to Write for Success,’ became an important guide for new and aspiring authors.
She won several literary awards in the USA, Peru, Kazakhstan, Seychelles, Nigeria, India, Argentina, and the UK, and made headlines in several newspapers around the world.
Brenda was inducted into the Indie Author's Wall of Fame in the USA. in January 2020.
In 2018, she received two awards from Readers Favorite International in Miami for two of her books- Zeeka Chronicles and I am Cancer Free.
Three of her books won gold awards in Connection EMagazine Readers’ Choice Awards - Zeeka Chronicles (2018], Stories People Love (2019), How to Write for Success (2019).
Several of her books also received five-star reviews from Readers Favourite International and topped the charts of Amazon and attained Amazon No 1 bestselling rank.
She was recognised in newspaper reports in Trinidad and Tobago Newsday on 7th November 2018, 16th October 2020, and Trinidad Guardian and Worldnews.net on 20th September 2020.
News of her success reached as far as Ethiopia where a journalist by the name of Alem Hailu interviewed her online on 17th November 2019 for the Ethiopian Sunday Herald.
Brenda is also a poet and among her publications are seven poetry books, with one in bi-lingual – English and Spanish.
Some of her poetry appeared in prestigious journals and anthologies in India, USA, Kazakhstan. Seychelles, USA, and other parts of the world.
She is the Founder of the HOW TO WRITE FOR SUCCESS LITERARY NETWORK with Forums How to Write for Success, Poems for Suicide Prevention, Library of How to Write for Success, and Poems against Domestic Violence with 11000 plus members.
Brenda is an advocate against Domestic Violence and Suicide, and together with several bestselling authors have published three anthologies for these causes.
Her YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbOiViRMRlzpTqyaO2VTBnA
received over 119,000 views since inception. The Channel is for her Video Book Trailers, songs, and travel memories.

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Literature / A Good Editor Is A Writer’s Best Friend - Heike Phelan by synw: 4:19am On May 10
A GOOD EDITOR IS A WRITER’S BEST FRIEND - HEIKE PHELAN

Heike Phelan has spent her working life in tourism, traveling throughout Europe with groups from all over the world. She has a BSc in transport and logistics management from Huddersfield University and is a qualified transport manager for both freight and passenger. In this special interview with Wole Adedoyin, the author of “Child Convict” shares full details about her life and writing vocation.

WA: TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR WRITING BACKGROUND- WHAT YOU’VE WRITTEN, WHAT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WRITING
HP: When I embarked on writing a book, I doubted I had the patience or the literary skill to write anything worthy of reading. It was my husband’s life in a Texas maximum security prison which inspired me to write about that. My first book Child Convict was published in May 2018. It took me two years to write whilst travelling around Europe, working 70+ hours a week. That was the first in my ‘Convict series’. The second one, Career Convict was published in March 2020. The third one, Convict Code was written during COVID lockdown and released in December 2020. Eventually there will be five books in the series. I will also be releasing a book of associated short stories shortly.
I am currently writing about women in an ICE detention centre, and the way undocumented immigrants are treated in America. It will be released towards the end of 2021.

WA: WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT A PIECE OF WRITING?
HP: I like a certain amount of escapism, the opposite extreme to what I write about because the prison system is an emotionally draining subject. There are certain authors I re-read periodically because I am inspired by their literary style. I like uncomplicated with a wide array of descriptive terms. Elizabeth Peters in her Amelia Peabody series is an example of that.

WA: WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE WRITERS AND WHY?
HP: My favourite author is Agatha Christie. Her knowledge and use of psychology in her books, written at a time when psychology was viewed with great skepticism is inspiring. I love the action and flawed characters in the books of Andy McNab and Chris Ryan, clearly written from their experiences in the SAS. Elizabeth Peters writings about Amelia Peabody are entertaining, the audible versions are superb. John Grisham, Lee Child and Mick Herron. I am part of a group called Promoting Yorkshire Authors. We have many fantastic authors and I am working my way through them.

WA: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW WRITER STARTING OUT?
HP: Just sit down and write. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar initially or writing in correct order. You will edit and rearrange later. Just write.

WA: WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
HP: My husband is my inspiration. He provides all the stories and gruesome detail of what happens in prison. It was my desire to let the outside world know the reality of life behind bars that keeps me writing. There is still much to tell.

WA: DO YOU HAVE A WRITING ROUTINE? A PLACE THAT’S SPECIAL?
HP: Before COVID, I would have to write whilst working my day job, in tourism. Any time I had a couple of hours I would write. It was not ideal. It was difficult to focus sufficiently, and as soon as I became absorbed and the writing flowed, I would have to stop. During COVID, unable to work, I could focus on writing. I made that my daily routine. I had read an interview at some point with Lee Child and his writing methods. He said he writes 1500 words a day. That seemed to be a manageable goal, so that is what I do. If I write more it’s a bonus. If I write less, I’m annoyed with myself.

WA: HOW, WHEN AND WHY DID YOU FIRST START WRITING?
HP: It was my husband who encouraged me and even pushed me to start writing. I hadn’t thought of it before he mentioned it. It was 2016 when I began writing Child Convict. I had spent months hounding the prison administration to give my husband life-saving medical treatment which they had denied him for years. It was my outrage at the negligence of the prison system administration towards the inmates and in particular my husband that inspired the decision to write the books.

WA: WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER HAD PUBLISHED?
HP: Child Convict in May 2018. It was nerve-wracking. Working on that book was a huge learning curve in how a book is written. Maybe not my best work, but I am proud of it regardless.

WA: DO YOU ADDRESS PARTICULAR THEMES OR ISSUES IN YOUR WRITING?
HP: I focus on writing about the Texas prison system from the perspective of the inmate and the families. The negligent and sub-standard care of the inmates and the exploitation and profiteering from the inmates and their families are particular issues of concern for me.

WA: HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED SENDING YOUR WRITING OUT INTO THE WORLD?
HP: Each book that I publish there is a huge sense of achievement. I learned the hard way that in promoting my books, I had to put myself out there. I have always been very private, but there is always huge interest in ‘my story’, that story being how I met my husband, given that he is an American in a Texas prison and I am from Ireland/UK. The media love the story, and I have to be very careful how I present myself in interviews as the media like to portray certain stereotypes, of which I don’t subscribe to.

WA: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS FROM?
HP: The ideas for my books are all stories and experiences from my husband’s life behind bars. Also from my own experiences having a husband in prison and dealing with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in all its forms.

WA: HOW DID YOU GET YOUR PUBLISHER?
HP: Child Convict was picked up by an Independent Publisher in America, Koehler Books. I had submitted the manuscript to several publishers in both the UK and America. Career Convict and Convict Code, I self-published with Ingram-spark which allows the books to be sold in book stores world-wide. My current work I am considering submitting to a publisher, but I’m not sure yet.

WA: TELL US WHAT KIND OF RESPONSES YOU GET FROM AUDIENCES\S.
HP: There is huge fascination over ‘my story’. On the whole I receive mostly positive responses and receive quite a lot of supportive messages. As is to be expected with the subject of prison, there are always those who feel the need to be rude, ignorant and nasty. I generally ignore those attitudes; life is too short and too interesting to get caught up in keyboard warrior negativity. People are always surprised that I would write about a subject like Texas prisons, particularly as I am European. People are always surprised I don’t fit the media’s stereotype of a ‘prison wife’.

WA: HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU?
HP: There are numerous articles, interviews and appearances by me in mainstream media, although the content isn’t always entirely accurate. I have a Facebook page and a website. I will be attending literary festivals once COVID lock-downs are over and they are allowed to take place. There is also a plan in motion to visit different prisons and do talks with the prisoners.

WA: TIPS, TRICKS, THINGS TO PASS ON TO DEDICATED WRITER?
HP: Keep at it. Set small goals and keep writing. Read plenty to help with language usage.

WA: ANY TYPICAL/COMMON MISTAKES THAT NEW WRITERS TEND TO MAKE?
HP: Over-thinking. Worrying about the end result. A good editor is your best friend!

WA: WHICH OF YOUR BOOKS WERE THE MOST ENJOYABLE TO WRITE?
HP: The book of short stories I am working on. The subject of prison life, particularly as it is about someone I love living that life is emotionally draining. It can become all consuming since dealing with the prison system and advocating for my husband is a large part of my everyday life too. I can write them in and amongst working on a longer book. It helps bring perspective back to change focus occasionally.

WA: TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK? WHAT WAS THE JOURNEY LIKE?
HP: I didn’t have much confidence in my writing. I had no idea how many words an average length novel was. I didn’t know about formatting and I was far too reliant on the publisher’s advice, particularly when it came to the differences in words that the British and Americans use and say differently. I was clueless about the publishing process. It was a huge learning curve in a very short space of time.

WA: WHAT IS THE KEY THEME AND/OR MESSAGE IN THE BOOK?
HP: Prison life. Institutional violence, abuse, corruption, neglect and exploitation.

WA: WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
HP: www.heikephelan-author.com, https://www.facebook.com/heikephelanbooks

Literature / My Essay Seeks To Manifest How Inalienable Human Rights Are Disrespected by synw: 3:35am On May 10
MY ESSAY SEEKS TO MANIFEST HOW INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS ARE DISRESPECTED IN AFRICA - TUNDE OSHO

Tunde Osho’s works have featured in various magazines and anthologies such as Praxis, Conscio, Erogospel, The Quills etc. His essay titled “Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: Gross Domestic Violence Against Women” came third in the just concluded African Human Rights Essay Competition. African Human Rights Essay Competition is an initiative of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), USA aimed at promoting human rights values in Africa and to positively influence the betterment of the human rights situation in the continent. In this inclusive interview with Wole Adedoyin, he shares with him some facts surrounding his writing career and his winning essay.
WA: WHAT HAS YOUR EARLY WRITING CAREER JOURNEY BEEN LIKE?

OT: My early writing career journey has been quite taxing and interesting at the same time. The growth process demands so much of me, while it gives me the joy embedded in it.

WA: HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY COMPETITION?

OT: I heard about the competition through a Facebook post made by Mr. Wole Adedoyin on his wall.

WA: WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TAKE PART IN THE CONTEST?

OT: The topic of the contest motivated me. I love to talk about our rights as humans, the flagrant violations and how we have been betrayed in this corner of the world by the systems that should protect and keep us from tyrannies.

WA: CAN YOU PROVIDE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR WINNING ESSAY?

OT: My Essay seeks to manifest how inalienable human rights are disrespected here. How the women in Africa are daily subjected to beatings, rape, coerced marriage, and dehumanized in the name of traditions. There's no effect without cause; the colonial history, insignificant traditional principles, weak judiciary and justice system, timid press and other factors have to be discussed to hit a potent direction. It is unfair how people do not talk about that here. The violations have led so many to unripe grave, some have died even while they breathe. The damage is beyond repair. As you read, the news of rape and murder is soaking our national dailies in Nigeria.
My work contends that all the viable structures already on ground to safeguard and promote human/women's rights should be more effective and faithful to their callings. This is the time NGOs, civil societies, human rights activists and other gadflies should be most functional.

WA: WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR THE COMPETITION THAT MIGHT HELP OTHERS TO SUBMIT?

OT: The submission process taught me patience. First, I tried to meditate on the subject. I studied the contest prompts like a course. I was careful with words and reference materials deployed. I allowed the work at every stage to sit before continuation. I did much re- readings and re- writings. I was an early bird, so I took my time. More importantly, I had only my android phone with few internet subscriptions and consequently gained limited access to materials. But I didn't allow that stop me. I realized after submitting, that I was the only one that could stop me. Here I am.

WA: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS ESSAY?

OT: I have always sought a platform through which I can raise my own voice against the incessant human rights abuse and violations bedeviling my place. I was glad on seeing the title. I always want to talk about how I always sleep and rise into a space where a poor girl is raped and abandoned, denied education and forced into marriage, where a widow is treated like some criminal, where a wife is kissed with a plethora of fists by the man who swore to love and cherish her in front of the world. Many of these women die in silence. I carry these scars about as if they were mine. I want to talk them away.

WA: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE THIRD PRIZE WINNER?

OT: It feels so great. Though I didn't expect I would win. It reminds me that consistent diligence has its reward. I feel so happy that my voice would be heard, that someone will feel the pain I feel and scream with me.

WA: HOW DID WRITING THE WINNING PIECE GO?

OT: Like I said earlier, I tried to have a good understanding of the theme. I read related materials online and offline even though I encountered much limitation. I walked down memory lanes; i chose inviting words and allowed my imaginations flow orderly. The whole process went slow, tiring and steady.

WA: TO WIN AN ESSAY CONTEST, WHAT DO YOU THINK WRITERS SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO?

OT: Writers should focus on the theme. The prompts given by the organisers are a key to the door. Open and walk in. No unnecessary deviations. Read the instructions and digest them. Let them lead you to light.

WA: APART FROM ESSAY WRITING, WHAT OTHER THINGS DO YOU WRITE?

OT: Aside Essay writing, I write poems. I use poetry to bear witness for the happenings within my body.

WA: WHAT FOR YOU MAKES AN ESSAY CONTEST ENTRY OR SUBMISSION STANDS OUT?

OT: For me, an Essay stands out by the great understanding of the topic it shows, which informs in depth analysis, awesome organisation of thoughts, creative use of words and solutions oriented outing.

WA: WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN AND WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO WRITE THIS ESSAY?

OT: My interest was sparked when a thirteen year old girl somewhere in Nigeria was raped by three overripe men. When the news told me a woman was beaten to death in Ghana. When I watched a little girl who should be in school hawk on the streets so that her parents could fund her brother's education. When I discovered most of the culprits do not go to jail nor pay damages. All these pains pushed me to write the Essay-- They yearned to be dragged into other people's body.

WA: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF- FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?

OT: None yet.

WA: WHAT DOES LITERARY SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

OT: To write and see the impact. This is possible when it informs and educates, when it pricks and caresses and makes a shift.

WA: DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?

OT: Yes I do.

WA: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?

OT: Pride

WA: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?

OT: Rattle, Praxis, Conscio, Palette and Agbowo.

WA: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?

OT: Creative Use of Time by Lekan Fashina. How it made my life!

WA: WHAT AUTHOR(S) DID YOU DISLIKE AT FIRST BUT GREW INTO?

OT: Prof. Wole Soyinka. I used to dislike poetry.

WA: WHAT OTHER AUTHORS ARE YOU FRIENDS WITH, AND HOW DO THEY HELP YOU TO BE A BETTER WRITER?

OT: Ololade Olatunji of 'The Nation's reality bites' , for his bold truths and intellect. Jonah Obajeun for his essays that read like poetry. Gilbert Alasa for his creative use of words. DM Aderibigbe writes about the themes of my interest. He once told me during our chats on Facebook messenger that " We all have beauty in us expressed differently".

Thank you!

Education / Gay People Are Not Allowed To Exist In Nigeria; I Wrote To Change That by synw: 3:26am On May 10
GAY PEOPLE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EXIST IN NIGERIA; I WROTE TO CHANGE THAT - UGOCHUKWU ANADI

Ugochukwu Anadị is a student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Anadi is a 20 year old essayist who discovered his love for writing during the COVID-19 lockdown. He has gone ahead to write short stories, poems and essays and has been published in Nantygreens Magazine. He also came fourth place in the Hon. Dozie Nwankwo Essay Writing Competition, 2020. Anadi won the just concluded African Human Rights Essay Competition with his essay titled “Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: It’s a Crime to be happy in My Country”. African Human Rights Essay Competition is an initiative of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), USA aimed at promoting human rights values in Africa and to positively influence the betterment of the human rights situation in the continent. In this comprehensive interview with Wole Adedoyin, he shared with him some facts surrounding his writing career and his winning essay.

WA: WHAT HAS YOUR EARLY WRITING CAREER JOURNEY BEEN LIKE?

UA: I do not think that I have gotten what can be rightly referred to as a writing career; I'm still at that early stage. I started writing during the COVID-19 lockdown as schools were closed and students were home. It was something I did to keep myself busy, then I fell in love with it. I have always been a reader though, and I think that was the major thing that made me consider writing. I went on to take a paid Beginner's Poetry course at Pendullum Poetry Academy. That course exposed me to poetry, and from poetry, I started writing both short stories and essays.

I was just writing and posting on my Facebook wall before I joined some groups for writers, still on Facebook. It was in those groups that I heared about publishing in Literary Magazines for the first time, and since then, my email inbox has been a deposit of rejection letters. You know, because I want to be published, and because I have people telling me that I write so well on Facebook, I will just write and send to Magazines. And trust editors, they never failed to reject those trashes, most times in sweet languages, but in few instances, in a mean and brutally honest way.

One instance I can never forget: I submitted some poems which I believe were Haikus. The editor not only rejected it but told me point and clear that what I wrote cannot be qualified as Haiku. The editor went ahead to send me a beginner's guide to Haiku in a PDF format. I was pained, but looking at those poems today, I sincerely do not think they even qualify to be called poems. It was just some random scribblings and truly, I was disappointed in myself for writing that in the first place. I mean, this was someone who was the valedictorian in his Beginner's Poetry Class and he's writing what cannot be qualified to be called poem, not to talk more of Haiku.

But on the other side, it can be said to be good. I have published a story titled Nneka with Nantygreens Magazine and just yesterday, my essay, ON THE LIBERALISATION OF SEX was published by Literary Yard Magazine. I was the third runner-up in the Hon. Dozie Nwankwo Essay Writing Competition, which was a competition organized by the same person the competition is named after annually, in 2020. And now, I'm the winner of the African Human Rights Essay Writing Competition. This is my first major win and I'm so happy about it. My inbox since the results were announced has been flooded with congratulatory messages and I never knew that they were people who thought I sell soaps. The congratulatory messages often come with requests that are exactly in this way, or with a little variant: 'cut soap for me o'. (Laughs).

The journey has made me a more serious reader though. You cannot write without reading. There's no magic to that, and that has helped me grow my library. But above all, it has taught me, and continues to teach me: patience. I now know that I can send a piece of writing to a literary magazine, wait for 8 months before I will get a reply, and the reply will come out to be negative. And you know what, at that moment, the earth doesn't stop spinning; the universe doesn't even notice you. It's as if nothing happened, absolutely nothing, while your heart is on fire.

WA: HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY COMPETITION?

UA: The first place I saw the call for submissions was in the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) Official Facebook group. I mentally took note of it, but I later forgot about it. Two days to the deadline, a reminder was sent in the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Anambra Chapter's WhatsApp group. I remembered that I promised myself I would enter for this contest but due to procrastination, I didn't up till then. It was then a do or die affair for me. Since I didn't have a laptop and typing with my phone has always been very tiresome and slow for me, I almost gave up.

Thanks a lot to my very good friend, Nnam Onyebuchi Darlington, who availed me his laptop for the writing. I was able to finish everything about the essay: writing, editing and submitting in a night.

WA: WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TAKE PART IN THE CONTEST?

UA: Human Rights issue has always been something I do care about: deeply. Seeing pictures of old women murdered, or paraded in the most inhuman way on the basis of accused witchcraftry; seeing videos of men stripped naked and beaten, sometimes to death, for being homosexuals; seeing young people like me lying in their own blood because a uniformed man with a gun was annoyed, or because they went out to protest for their rights and life; remembering that Mubarak Bala is still under unlawful detention, and just like him, many others who have been accused of blasphemy, a crime I sincerely do not think exists, a crime I believe to be an insult on the human minds and intelligence, these and many other things pushed me into being interested in human rights issue. So when I saw the call for submissions and saw that it was coming from a well recognized Human Rights organisation, I knew that I had to take part in the contest. That was my little way of fighting human rights abuse and violations in my continent.

WA: CAN YOU PROVIDE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR WINNING ESSAY?

UA: The winning essay which I titled Human Rights Abuse And Violation in Africa: It's a Crime to be Happy in My Country, was centered on the happenings in my own country, Nigeria. I made a word play on the topic. Being gay can be defined as being happy and then, it's a criminal offence to be gay in Nigeria. So I simply read being happy as being gay.

So it was centered primarily on how the criminalization of homosexuality in Nigeria was and continues to remain one of the worst move by any government in Nigeria; how it has been a tool through which state-sponsored homophobia has been carved into a giant momentum; and how it has enabled the citizens to display the monstrous part of them -- that part of them angry with the society and how it functions -- on the innocent members of the LGBTQ+ community, as if somehow, the gay boy is their problem.
The essay went on to establish how this anti-gay law of 2014 has continued to put many of our citizens in the gas chamber; how it has sucked out happiness, forever, in the lives of many Nigerians and the need to repeal it. The essay maintains that the law is an abuse and violation of human rights, is counterproductive and is generally useless. I also lamented, I think, on how when we talk of human rights activism, we do not consider gay rights as part of human rights, you know, the selective activism of a thing. That's why you have somebody like Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, a former president of Nigeria, who's acknowledged globally for his respect for human rights, being the one that signed the Anti-gay bill into law, and we still see him as a human rights icon, because gay rights isn't human rights.

WA: WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR THE COMPETITION THAT MIGHT HELP OTHERS TO SUBMIT?

UA: The submission process is an easy one. You have a limited word count you should work with, and then two email addresses you should forward the essay to. You have a font, font size and format you should work with and it is that easy.

WA: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS ESSAY?

UA: I think I have answered that under what motivated me to take part in the contest. But what made me choose this particular topic, as against writing about witchcraft persecution or the continued detention of the president of Humanist's Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, or any other human rights issue in the country, is the feeling that many do not consider gay rights abuse as part of human rights abuse. That's to say, we have lesser and lesser people speaking about this, even those people who're convinced that homophobia is wrong. And the reason is not far-fetched, in a country like Nigeria, supporting Children's Rights makes you a child in the same way that fighting against homophobia makes you gay. And no one would like to be identified as gay in a space as homophobic as Nigeria; not even a gay person would want that for himself.

So, already, you know people are going to write about gender inequality and how society has continued to abuse women; about Children's Rights; about Police Brutality and many of them, and these are all valid cases of abuse and violations. But the gay boy and the lesbian girl needs a voice. The transman and the transwoman needs a voice. The gender non-conforming person, they/them, and all queer people needs a voice. I simply decided to be that voice. Gay people are not allowed to exist in Nigeria; I wrote to change that.

WA: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE FIRST-PRIZE WINNER?

UA: It feels very good. In fact, it was an euphoric experience for me, especially seeing those moments my classmates kept on saying that they're proud of me. And while I'm not a person who seeks audience's validation, getting it doesn't actually hurt me. What this prize actually does for me is that it tells me to continue writing. It tells me that my works are worth reading. It simply tells me that yes, you're a writer.

And another thing it does for me is to show me that they are actually people who are open-minded. At a point after submitting the essay, I considered withdrawing it and writing another. Reason? I felt that since this is an 'African' thing, that the essay might be disqualified, not on the basis of not being good, but on the basis of being against the 'African culture', an argument which some self made custodians of African culture always use to support their homophobia, but I decided against it, and now this. (Smiles)

WA: HOW DID WRITING THE WINNING PIECE GO?

UA: Like I said, I wrote it in a night. I was awoke the whole night. I had to leave my place to go to Darlington's place to use his laptop to write. The essay flows easily; I never forced it. The only difficult part was editing it, when I had to cut out some parts of the essay because I exceeded the maximum word count required. It was like a mother being forced to mark out, by herself, one of her four children for sacrifice to the gods. Removing some sentences and changing the structure was like committing murder to me, but I did it (maybe I'm now a murderer, who knows). (Laughs) But apart from that, it was an enjoyable process.

WA: TO WIN AN ESSAY CONTEST, WHAT DO YOU THINK WRITERS SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO?

UA: Number one is theme if it's a themed contest. You cannot be asked to write on human rights violation and expect to win the contest with a piece on the dangers of alcohol. No matter how wonderful your piece on the dangers of alcohol is, it cannot win the contest.

Secondly, guidelines. You know those little things like font and font size and spacing. They really matter, and then keeping to the deadline.

Thirdly, write what you know; what you're passionate about. If you're taking part in a contest, let it be a theme you're in love with. What that means is that you do not end up copying others. You simply write from within and with that, originality is retained. That doesn't mean you're not to consult other writings on the same issue. No. Definitely not. Like I said earlier, if you do not read, you cannot write. What I'm trying to say here is that you do not copy in a non-creative way. Know what works for you, improve on it and work with it

WA: APART FROM ESSAY WRITING, WHAT OTHER THINGS DO YOU WRITE?

UA: I also write poems and short stories. I run a Facebook page by name Ugochukwu Anadị: The Pen's Blood where I write on issues I consider worthy of my time and energy. Leaving the Literary World, I'm an engineering student and I do write Arduino Codes for Embedded Systems and Control Systems. I'm also a drone enthusiast and I hope to build my own drone one day. MQ-9 Reaper remains my favourite drone.

WA: WHAT, FOR YOU, MAKES AN ESSAY CONTEST ENTRY OR SUBMISSION STAND OUT?

UA: I think it's originality. Someone who's judging any writing competition is always one who has swam through a very vast ocean of Literature. Such a person can identify a copied work even without knowing where the work was copied from. That's how serious and easy it can be.

Then, stylistics. How do you present your points? Your grammar and punctuation? Those things really matter.

WA: WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, AND WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO WRITE THIS ESSAY BASED ON THIS INTEREST?

UA: I think I have answered this question when you asked why I entered for the contest and what motivated the essay writing. It's the realization that things are not the way they're supposed to be, and that they can actually be better. The realization that the most effective way to erode hate is to implant love; to change the mindset of people. And Literature has been the best way to enlighten people.

WA: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?

UA: None. I have only considered writing a book but have not started writing any. I just write short stories, poems and essays, submit to literary magazines and read my rejection letters while taking soaked garrị.

WA: WHAT DOES LITERARY SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

UA: It's a fulfilling experience. You know, the feeling that you're capable of wining something at a continental level. It comes with euphoria. It paints a picture of a general returning from a very dreadful war victorious, without losing anyone in his army.

WA: DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?

UA: Are there people who don't? Hmm, I've always thought it's a general thing. Yes. I do Google myself and see my published story, NNEKA pop up. Now that you asked, I think I'll Google myself right after this interview so that I'll know whether my recently published essay will pop up too. (smiles)

WA: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?

UA: Procrastination. I procrastinate a lot. Then social media, but the problem now is that I get to know of most writing opportunities through the same social media, so giving it up is not that easy, you see (smiles).

WA: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?

UA: I do not read stories based on journals. I belong to so many writing groups and when people post links to their works, I read them and if they're okay to me, I'll check out the whole journal for it means that they publish things I love reading.

But recently, I'm drawn to Nantygreens Magazine definitely because they were the first to give my writing a home, then Kalahari Review, Literary Yard, Nnọkọ, Brittle Paper and Commonwealth shortlisted and prize winning stories. I also discovered The Shallow Tales Review recently.

WA: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?
UA: I read a lot as a child, but I sincerely cannot remember which was my favourite then. I can remember reading Eze Goes to School, Chike and the River and A Dance with the Princess though.

WA: WHAT AUTHORS DID YOU DISLIKE AT FIRST BUT GREW INTO?

UA: Wole Soyinka. Mehn, I disliked his writings when I started consciously reading then. I read one of his poems, slept over it, and didn't understand anything. Then I heard people say that he doesn't write in a way he could be easily understood. That he's a grammarian and all that. So I boycotted his books.

All that changed after most of my writer friends on Facebook started talking about how Prof is their best writer. Consistent amongst these people is Ayegba Samuel who runs the Facebook page, Alcove of Letters. Dude dedicated many of his poems, essays and random musings to Soyinka, and being someone I adore his writings greatly, I felt I was missing something.

So, one day, I entered a bookshop and bought many of his books. After reading The Lion and The Jewel, and his prison notes, The Man Died, my impression about Prof changed. I went on to read his poems anthologized in the West African Verse and in the Poems of Black Africa. Even his play The Madmen and the Specialist and his novel The Interpreters. I do not understand anything that happened in The Interpreters though (smiles).

Today, he is one of my favourite authors with the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Chinelo Okparanta.

WA: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I do not have author friends, in the real sense of the world 'friend'. But I have many writers who Facebook has allowed me to follow their writings: Ọla W. Halim, Samuel Ayegba, Chibueze Darlington, Prof. Mark Nwagwu, Vincent Anioke, Stanley Umezulike, Femi Philip Morgan, Jude Dibịa and many others. I consider any writer whose works I love as a friend, even if it's only virtually.

So I become friends with writers through their works, and one specific way these people have influenced my writing is the fact that theirs makes me to always want to improve mine. I also consider them courageous writers. They write what they want to write, not minding who might want to rant.

Literature / My Essay Tries To Expose The Evil Perpetrated Against The Girl Child by synw: 3:16am On May 10
MY ESSAY TRIES TO EXPOSE THE EVIL PERPETRATED AGAINST THE GIRL CHILD IN A TYPICAL AFRICAN SOCIETY - CHARLES IORNUMBE

Charles Iornumbe is a broadcast journalist, researcher, creative writer, cultural enthusiast and academic. He has worked with Radio Benue Corporation, Makurdi for over a decade and risen through the ranks. He also had a stint with Radio Nigeria, Globe FM, Bauchi, Bauchi state. His essay “Teenage Sexual Molestation: Rethinking the Havoc on Girl Child” came second in the just concluded African Human Rights Essay Competition. African Human Rights Essay Competition is an initiative of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), USA aimed at promoting human rights values in Africa and to positively influence the betterment of the human rights situation in the continent. In this interview with Wole Adedoyin, he shares with him some facts surrounding his winning entry and writing career.


WA: WHAT HAS YOUR EARLY WRITING CAREER JOURNEY BEEN LIKE?

CI: I had, right from my secondary school days, been a consistent reader of Literature books. The more I read, the more the desire in me to be a writer grew stronger. From reading, I began to develop vocabulary which I had compiled in a jotter. It’ll interest you to know that even at this stage; I still go through the jotter to peruse what I did at an elementary stage. I also developed skill for writing articles, short stories and poems most of which had been published in anthologies, journals and local tabloids.
I use this opportunity to give credit to some of my Literature Teachers: Madagu LC, Dennis Ernyi and Augustine Isho who at different times ignited the writing spirit in me.

WA: HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY COMPETITION?

CI: As a current National Ex-Officio executive of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), and immediate past Chairman of the Association in Benue State, I am privileged to belong to some of the Literary body's main social media platforms eg, WhatsApp, Facebook and Telegram where most of IHRAF's activities are publicised. So, to answer your question directly, I saw a publication about three months ago calling for entries which I entered and by God's grace, today, I've been adjudged to be one of the winners of the International Human Rights Essay Competition for which, I remain eternally grateful.

WA: WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TAKE PART IN THE CONTEST?

CI: The coinage of the topic and my personal interest in issues of human rights especially as they relate to Girl Child molestation and abuse motivated me to take part in the competition. Ultimately, I had a ready script which I wrote to commemorate the 2019 International Day For The Girl Child entitled: Teenage Sexual Molestation: Rethinking the Havoc on The Girl Child.
There is also a short story crafted with scenes, characters and roles assigned to them.

WA: CAN YOU PROVIDE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR WINNING ESSAY?

CI: The essay 'Teenage Sexual Molestation: Rethinking the Havoc on the Girl Child' tries to expose the evil perpetrated against the girl child in a typical African Society. In this clime, teenage rape and molestation are on the high scale because, they’re a daily occurrence. The people who rape teenage girls live in our midst; some are our friends, colleagues and acquaintances who, for various reasons, commit the crime with impunity.
It's sad because they commit these atrocities without them being arrested. It's funny but painful in the sense that, that little girl who is raped and deflowered carries a social stigma on her name and reputation so long as she lives. The family of the rape survivor is first and foremost not ready to make a case with the rapist for fear of the unknown. The police man would like you who had rushed to their station to report a rape case to prove whether or not, the family of the rape survivor is willing to go to court. The NAPTI official would knock you out for bringing the rape survivor late to their office for examination. The journalists are helpless to conclude their investigations on a rape case because all the aforementioned parties have made the situation cumbersome. In the end, the matter lies low and dies a natural death.
So, my essay ex-rays this scenario and plays up the challenge one encounters in trying to expose the criminality.

WA: WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR THE COMPETITION THAT MIGHT HELP OTHERS TO SUBMIT?

CI: The process was smooth. It took time to mature. I believe it was also transparent. I first received a mail acknowledging receipt of my entry and that was followed shortly by a certificate of participation. Few weeks after, twenty names were shortlisted followed by thirteen names and eventual release of winners of the competition. Initially, I was wondering how and why I didn't emerge overall winner but got convinced after viewing the profile of Master Anadi who came first. Master Anadi had sent me a friend request on Facebook. I viewed his profile to be sure before confirming. I noticed he is an extremely good writer who has a long way to go if he keeps writing. Honestly, I was impressed after reading him. I would like to meet him some day. I wish to submit that one's age and status do not have a special place in writing. Though, Anadi a younger person than me floored me in the Essay competition, I am still proud to hold onto my position as second winner. After all, this is my first attempt at literary competition in my life.

WA: HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE SECOND-PRIZE WINNER?

CI: I feel extremely happy about the outcome of the competition.

WA: HOW DID WRITING THE WINNING PIECE GO?

CI: I wrote the essay two years before the competition. It's a coincidence that the topic became relevant in an International competition of this magnitude. While writing, I established myself in the situation; that as a father of two daughters, God forbid though, how would it feel to hear that someone rapes either of them? The essay tells my personal experience as a Journalist who got entangled carrying out an investigation of an alleged rape case in my community. I felt passionate about the ugly trend believing that someday, Africa would overcome it.

WA: TO WIN AN ESSAY CONTEST, WHAT DO YOU THINK WRITERS SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO?

CI: One should pay attention to developing one's subject matter in the manner it's understood by the reader. There should be unity of thought, clarity and coherence of ideas. The script should demonstrate mastery of the issue/issues being projected by the writer.

WA: APART FROM ESSAY WRITING, WHAT OTHER THINGS DO YOU WRITE?

CI: I write poetry, radio commentaries, short stories, reviews and biographies.

WA: WHAT, FOR YOU, MAKES AN ESSAY CONTEST ENTRY OR SUBMISSION STAND OUT?

CI: Honestly, this is my first time of participating in a literary competition so I might not give you exactly what you’re asking of me. I can only deduce that what is looked out for, in an essay competition, might not be far from the opinion expressed in your question 8 above.

WA: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?

CI: I have about 8 unpublished works which I usually don't like disclosing because they are in the hands of the Editors undergoing editorial work. But to satisfy your curiosity, I’ll mention just three: 'The Power of Reporting and Disaster Management', 'Of Grace and Fortune' and a poetry collection ' Grim Reaper and Other Poems'.

WA: WHAT DOES LITERARY SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

CI: It's fulfilling my brother. It makes one feel on top of one's World. That's exactly how I am feeling now after being listed second winner of IHRAF International Essay Competition.

WA: DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?

CI: Yes, I do. You can't be a good writer without knowing how to Google.

WA: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?

CI: I would like to sacrifice my comfort. This comfort means the outings, the sleeping and any other thing that could discourage a writing enterprise.

WA: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?

CI: Yeah, the ones that readily come to mind are: Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, The Alaska Quarterly review, The Antioch review and of course, our revered ANA review.

WA: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?

CI: It was Charles Dicken's 'Oliver Twist'

WA: WHAT AUTHORS DID YOU DISLIKE AT FIRST BUT GREW INTO?

CI: I don't want to use the word 'dislike' as you put it. I rather prefer to say I was not interested in someone like reading Ngugi 'thiongo a Kenyan writer and Thomas Hardy in England.

WA: WHAT OTHER AUTHORS ARE YOU FRIENDS WITH, AND HOW DO THEY HELP YOU BECOME A BETTER WRITER?
CI: I can't call someone like the Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka as a friend. He is a father, mentor and a teacher. Prof Soyinka is the man who has influenced and inspired my life in many ways. We are lucky to have him living and kicking on with life. I pray God to grant him long life and continually keep him safe. I also see Ayikwei Amah from Ghana as another writer that has given me a direction in life. Lastly Professor Chinua Achebe is one Nigerian I would have loved to meet if he were alive. Of the three, The Nobel Laureate's use of language is unique.

Education / Ibadan Book Club Pays Courtesy Visit To Oyo State Library Board by synw: 12:09pm On May 08
IBADAN BOOK CLUB PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO OYO STATE LIBRARY BOARD, DISCUSSES WAYS TO MOVE READING CULTURE FORWARD IN OYO STATE.



As part of its strategies in reviving and promoting reading culture in Oyo State, the Executive members of Ibadan Book Club paid a courtesy visit to the Management of the Oyo State Library Board on the 30th of April, 2021.
Led by Ibadan Book Club Coordinator, Mrs. Ayobami Odunyemi, the visit was part of the Club’s outreach efforts aimed at boosting its relationship with the State Library Board.
Other members of Ibadan Book Club team that made the Visit to the Oyo State Library Board were: Jude Asogwa - Assistant Coordinator, Ndukwo Mary – Secretary, Emeka Emmanuel - Information Secretary, Oyewole Oyebode Daniel - Social/Welfare Secretary and Akinyemi Jelili - Financial Secretary.

Mrs. Ayobami Odunyemi disclosed that the visit had opened up a new episode in the relationship between Ibadan Book Club and the Oyo State Library Board, who should leverage on each other’s strengths to deliver better in the area of enhancing the reading culture of the state.

In the course of the visit, discussion was held on areas of assistance by the Oyo State Library Board.

In her remarks, the State Librarian Mrs. A.I Akinlolu commended Ibadan Book Club for her efforts in promoting reading culture in Oyo State. She also highlighted the contributions and efforts of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State in transforming Oyo State Library Board to an enviable position. According to the State Librarian, the proposed synergy would also go a long way in realizing one of Engr. Seyi Makinde’s key concerns, which is to improve the teaching and learning environment with the provision of quality and quantity of infrastructure and to ensure that students adequately fit into the mainstream of the dynamic global system.
Also at the meeting were Pastor Akintunde, Director, [Public Library Service] and Mrs. Sekinat Akanbi, Director, [School Library Services] who corroborated the remarks of the State Librarian.
The Oyo State Library Board under the current headship of Mrs. A.I Akinlolu (State Librarian) came into existence historically in 1955, to support the free primary education of Western State Government led by Late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. It was then known as Western Regional Library, was established by the Western State Government tosadi) compliment the efforts of government toward improving the educational standard (ii) provide qualitative library services to the people of the region and to the school environment (iii) to encourage reading culture among the school children.

In 1976, when Oyo State was carved out of the Western state, the library nomenclature changed to Oyo State Library under the Ministry of Education while the Head of Library was renamed the Chief Librarian.

The development of Library services actually took place in 1988 when the Military Administration of Col. Sasaenia Oresanya decided to enact a law for the establishment of Oyo State Library Board which is regarded as an autonomous government parastatal with the enactment of Edict No 18 of August 1988. This development thereby gave way for the
composition of Board led by Prof. Adebimpe Aboyade and supported by four (4) other professional librarians including Prof. D.F. Elaturoti (then Dr. Elaturoti) and Mrs. Oderinde (then of Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan). The composition of the Board brought the
introduction of active library services in the state while the mandate given to the Board became more pronounced and includes provision of qualitative and quantitative library services throughout the state. These includes: (a) library services to the rural populace, (b) services to school libraries,(c) training of library personnel working in schools, local governments, ministries and other government parastatals (d) to serve as legal depository of all works published in the state.

In 1999, the State government approved the nomenclature of the Head of Library to change from the Director to the State Librarian; and now has 4 directorates namely (a) Public Library Services Department (b) Schools Library Services Department and (c) Administration and Supply (d) Finance and Accounts. The Board has two (2) functional Branch Libraries in Ibadan at Elekuro and Bodija. Three Zonal Libraries were built outside the State capital at Oyo, Ogbomoso, and Saki respectively. The first two Zonal libraries are functional, while the other
one is almost complete.

Presently, the Headquarters’ complex comprises of about 8 sections including an ICT unit which provides Information Technology services free of charge to the registered library users.

Culture / Synw Takes Reading Advocacy To Ekiti State, Set To Launch Ekiti Book Club by synw: 6:55am On May 08
SYNW TAKES READING ADVOCACY TO EKITI STATE, SET TO LAUNCH EKITI BOOK CLUB ON FRIDAY, MAY 21

The Society of Young Nigerian Writers has expressed readiness to inaugurate Ekiti Book Club on Friday, 21st of May 2021 at Phase 1, New Pavilion Lecture Hall, Federal University of Oye (FUOYE) Ekiti, Ekiti State. by 2:00PM.

This was contained in a press release issued by SYNW President, Wole Adedoyin in Ibadan on Friday.

According to the release, the need to promote effective reading habits among the general populace of Nigeria has resulted into the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) establishing reading clubs in some notable towns and cities across the country.

Apart from the book clubs, the Read Across Nigeria (RAN), Paperless Book Club (strictly for reading electronic books), National Book Awareness Week - https://nabawknigeria..com, African Book Week - https://africanbookweek..com , Children’s Book Week - https://cbwnigeria..com , National Week of Remembrance for Departed Writers (NAWRED) - https://nawredonline..com, National Book Hub - https://nationalbookhub..com are part of the strategies SYNW initiated to ginger up the reading culture in Nigeria.

In SYNW, we believe reading is a worldwide phenomenon that has the capacity to promote development as well as instill discipline on the individual. In spite of the importance of reading as a culture, it has become obvious that Nigerian children and youth no longer read. They only read when they have examination to write, outside that, reading has no meaning to them.

Ekiti Book Club hopes to sensitize, revive and promote moribund/dwindling reading culture in Ekiti state and its environs.

SYNW finally enjoined intending participants, readers and writers in Ekiti state and its environs to partake in this historical development.

Literature / Meet The Winners Of Our African Human Rights Essay Competition by synw: 7:48pm On May 04
MEET THE WINNERS OF OUR AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY COMPETITION
UGOCHUKWU ANADI: NELSON MANDELA PRIZE-$100
Ugochukwu Anadị is a student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, is a 20 year old who discovered his love for writing during the COVID-19 lockdown. He has gone ahead to write short stories, poems and essays and has been published in Nantygreens Magazine. He also came fourth place in the Hon. Dozie Nwankwo Essay Writing Competition, 2020.
He has interests in stories that depict life and is a great lover of literary fiction. Through his writings, he tries to address homophobia and document students’ life. But he believes in reading Literature firstly as Literature, before any other thing.
CHARLES IORNUMBE: THOMAS SANKARA PRIZE-$75
Charles Iornumbe is a broadcast journalist, researcher, creative writer, cultural enthusiast and academic.
He has worked with Radio Benue Corporation, Makurdi for over a decade and risen through the ranks. He also had a stint with Radio Nigeria Globe FM, Bauchi, Bauchi state.
He has served as the chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors ANA, Benue state chapter between 2026 - 2019. Due to his outstanding contribution to the growth of literary creativity in Benue, the National Executive Council of ANA voted him as the National Ex-Officio One.
Some of his essays, commentaries, literary works and academic articles had been published in well established journals, local and National Dailies as well as Anthologies.
Iornumbe holds a doctorate degree in Linguistics with special interest in stylistics, communication and semiotics.
OF GRACE AND FORTUNE is one of Iornumbe's yet - to - be released books.
He hails from Mbaakpur, Shangev-Tiev in Konshisha local government area of Benue state, Nigeria.
OSHO TUNDE: OMOYELE SOWORE PRIZE-$50
Osho Tunde is an undergraduate of Accounting in yaba college of Technology, yaba, Lagos. He is a Nigerian writer who who bears witness for the events within his body. He recently won a 1st runner up prize, Eriata Orhibabor Poetry prize, 2020. His haiku was on Babishai Niwe haiku 2020 longlist. His works have featured in various magazines and anthologies such as Praxis, Conscio, erogospel, The Quills, 'The veil beyond wall' by Poets in Nigeria(PIN) initiative and elsewhere. He loves to write, sing and study.
African Human Rights Essay Competition is an initiative of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), USA aimed at promoting human rights values in Africa and to positively influence the betterment of the human rights situation in the continent.
The International Human Rights Arts Festival began in 2010 under the auspices of Amnesty International. It has now grown to an annual week-long event, offering hundreds of visual and performing artists the stage to showcase their work, share their stories and inspire social influencers, policy makers, cultural leaders and the general public to support their causes.
International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF) gives voice to the voiceless; protects freedom of expression, and uses creativity to highlight human rights and social justice causes around the world.
The organization brings together all members of society through her programmes, from artists-in-exile and at risk; to activists on the front lines of the struggle for rights and justice in their own country; to artists working in all media, to national and international politicians, government agencies, social leaders and celebrities.
IHRAF believes that creative engagement with all members of the society is the surest path toward social justice and positive change.

Literature / African Human Rights Essay Competition Winners Announced by synw: 7:38pm On May 04
AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Organizers of the African Human Rights Essay Competition have announced the winners of the just concluded international essay contest aimed at promoting human rights values in Africa and to positively influence the betterment of the human rights situation in the continent.
The winners were meritoriously picked from the 13 shortlisted entries earlier picked by Izunna Okafor.
Izunna Okafor is a renowned journalist currently working with the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (publishers of National Light Newspaper, Ka Ọ Dị Taa Igbo Newspaper, and Sports Light Xtra). He is also an author of five books, with 27 national and international awards, and thousands of publications, cutting across journalism and creative writing.
A diglot writer and Igbo Language Activist, Okafor, who was a joint winner of the National Light’s Staff of the Year in 2019, and won 2015 Nigerian Writers Award, is also the Coordinator of Society of Young Nigerian Writers (Anambra State Chapter), the convener of Chinua Achebe Literary Festival; as well as the Project Coordinator, Writers Against COVID-19 Movement, and Editor-in-Chief, Chinua Achebe Poetry/Essay Anthology, and COVID-19 Poetry/Essay Anthology, among other positions.
However, the winning entries were judged by Tom Block.
Tom is a playwright, author of five books, and 20+ year visual artist. He has exhibited his artwork and spoken about his ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East. Tom founded the International Human Rights Art Festival at Dixon Place (NYC) in March 2017.
Find below the final winners and outstanding entries:
FIRST PRIZE: NELSON MANDELA PRIZE: $100
UGOCHUKWU ANADI- Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: It’s a Crime to be happy in My Country
SECOND PRIZE: THOMAS SANKARA PRIZE: $75
CHARLES IORNUMBE- Teenage Sexual Molestation: Rethinking the Havoc on Girl Child
THIRD PRIZE: OMOYELE SOWORE PRIZE: $50
OSHO TUNDE- Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: Gross Domestic Violence Against Women


HONORABLE MENTIONS

BETTY IGE- Women’s inalienable Right to Respectful Maternity Care
SAMUEL EPHRAIM EDWARD- Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa
JIDE OGUNLANA- Human Rights in Africa: The Lacuna
BONFACE ISABOKE NYAMWEYA- The Streets of Law Prostitution in Africa and the Quest for Human Dignity
FLOSSY KAMBUKU- Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa
NWOKEABIA, IFEANYI JOHN- Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa: A Mortal Carnage
INNOCENT CHIEMEZIE OHAEKWE- The Locust in Africa

NOTABLES
OLUWATOBILOBA GRACE LAWALSON- Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: Gender Based Violence and Trafficking of Human Persons
ODHIAMBO JERAMEEL KEVINS OWUOR- Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa
GODSTIME NWAEZE- Abuse and Violations of Human Rights in Africa
The winners are to contact the African Regional Director of IHRAF, Wole Adedoyin for the release of their monetary prizes.
African Human Rights Essay Competition is an initiative of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), USA aimed at promoting human rights values in Africa and to positively influence the betterment of the human rights situation in the continent.

Literature / Ana Kwara Elects New Exco, Babayemi Emerges Chairman by synw: 2:41pm On May 03
ANA KWARA ELECTS NEW EXCO, BABAYEMI EMERGES CHAIRMAN
By Wole Adedoyin (ANA PRO South)
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Kwara State chapter, yesterday elected a new state Chairman, Mr. Opeyemi Babayemi and nine others to pilot the affairs of the association for the next two years.
The election held at the Knowledge Platform, GRA, Ilorin.
ANA Kwara Election Organizing Committee headed by Dr. Dipo Usman Akanbi and with support from his committee members namely: Dr. (Mrs.) Cecelia Etchie and Mr. Folorunsho Obalugemo (Secretary), reports that Mr. Opeyemi Babayemi emerged the Chairman, while Mr. Braimoh Abdulrazak was elected Secretary.
Other elected officials included, Mrs. Aminat Babatunde as Vice Chairman, Mr. Mohammed Alata as Ass. Secretary, Miss Sekina Jatto as Treasurer, Miss Rofiat Abdulkareem as Financial Secretary, Mr. Ahmad Saliu Toyin as Publicity Secretary, Mr. Sherif Olanrewaju as Welfare Secretary, Mallam Abdulraham Aderinoye (Ex-officio 1) and lastly, Mr. Abdulhafeez T. Oyewole as Auditor and ex-officio 2.
Speaking on behalf of the elected EXCO of the Chapter, the newly elected State Chairman, Mr. Opeyemi Babayemi promised to work towards the betterment of the association in the state.
While thanking ANA Kwara members for electing them, Mr. Opeyemi Babayemi said his EXCO will consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors and the platform provided to further take the chapter to greater heights.
He further called on ANA Kwara members not to relent on drawing their attention whenever they go wrong so as to have a smooth operation of the association in the state.
While promising to be transparent in the discharge of their responsibilities, the newly elected ANA Kwara Chairman reminded members of his chapter that cooperation is the backbone of peace and progress in every association and hence, the need to embrace it.
Also speaking, Dr. Dipo Usman Akanbi, Chairman 2021 ANA Kwara Election Planning Committee, commended the delegates for exhibiting high sense of maturity during the exercise.

Literature / Ana Commiserates With Umar Yogiza Over Mother’s Death by synw: 10:00am On May 03
ANA COMMISERATES WITH UMAR YOGIZA OVER MOTHER’S DEATH
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has commiserated with her National PRO (North), Umar Yogiza and his entire family over the demise of his mother, Kakamu (Hadiza) Osoba Giza.
ANA National Publicity Secretary (South), Wole Adedoyin, made this known in a Condolence Letter he signed which was made available to newsmen on Monday, May 03, 2021. ANA prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed and encouraged Umar Yogiza to take solace in the fact that his mother led a life worthy of emulation.
The statement said that the fact that the deceased was able to attain an old age before her passing on was a proof that she led an exemplary life.
“Members of ANA across the country extend their deepest condolences to you and your family over this great loss. Although death is inevitable, the exit of a parent is always a painful experience. Late Mrs. Kakamu (Hadiza) Osoba Giza was a devoted, kind, meek, steadfast, liberal and resourceful woman who brought her children up in the fear of God.
ANA finally prayed God to give the deceased family, friends, community and associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Literature / Arewa Book Club by synw: 5:04pm On Apr 30
AREWA BOOK CLUB
ABOUT US
Arewa Book Club is an initiative of Society of Young Nigerian Writers. It was established by the Society in order to contribute its own quota towards the growth and development of Reading Culture in the Northern region area of Nigeria. Arewa Book Club consists of group of people who get together, periodically meet to discuss the book they have read, and to exchange such books. The members of the club encourage each other, and learn to read with a critical awareness, articulating their opinions on a particular book with the others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.
The television and radio could be used to propagate good literature and encourage reading. A television book club (like the Ophrah Winfrey Talk Show) discussing books would give the Viewer an idea as to how these book clubs are constituted, besides introducing them to the books being discussed on each programme.
Discussion could focus on genres of literature (the classic, best sellers, travel writing, science fiction, women’s writing etc. or themes (good, evil, ambition, oppression etc), or authors (Chukwuemeka Ike, Chinua Achebe, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta etc.) Just as it is desirable for primary school children to be read to, to arouse their interest in books, the strategy could be used effectively with adults through radio program. A program similar to “Good Books” on the BBC World Service would get the appetites of potential readers. A fifteen minute reading from the works of a Nigeria novelist or poet would serve the purpose of making people aware of the gifted writers in our midst besides promoting the writers themselves. The programme could include information on the publisher, date of publication and where one is likely to find books.
Arewa Book Club always hold book fairs (inviting publishers to display their titles at reduced prices), and once a year, as a special attraction. A live author could be invited to read from his or her works.
The reading promotion campaign could undertake a Book Drive (rather than a book launch which is so common in our midst and which is aimed at procuring money rather than encouraging people to read the book in question). Children could be prompted to bring the book they have read and exchange them for books they have not read.
In order to wear people away from the cheap newspaper or sensational gossip-magazine (which have a limited use) books have to be available at affordable prices. With the resources available in the city, children could be exposed to certain broad categories of fiction, science fiction and so forth. This will enable children and young readers to see the qualitative differences in literature written for them to identify setting, character, theme, author’s point of view, action and message.


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF AREWA BOOK CLUB
1. To promote reading culture in the Northern region area of Nigeria.
2. To promote writers and their creative writings/literary arts
3. To enable children and young readers see the qualitative differences in literature written for them, to identify setting, character, theme, author’s point of view, action and message
4. To educate, entertain and inform readers irrespective of age, color, tribe, religion and sex.
5. To hold book fairs (inviting publishers to display their titles at reduced prices), and once a year, as a special attraction.
10 POINTS AGENDA
1. Arewa Book Fair
2. Arewa Young Readers Club(s) (To be established in some selected secondary and primary schools)
3. Free Reading Correspondence Course by e-mail.
4. Arewa Book and Art Festival
5. Paperless/Mobile Book Club/5000 E-Books Per School Project
6. Groom a Writer and Adopt a Reader Project
7. ABC Interview Series
8. Arewa Journal of Books
9. Arewa Prize for Literature
10. Arewa Book Review Series
CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP
1. BRONZE MEMBERSHIP
This category of membership is open to Primary school pupils. The membership is free. Members are entitled to the followings free of charge;
Benefits
• Free Membership Form
• Free Membership ID Card
• Free Certificate of Membership
2. SILVER
This category of membership is open to only Secondary school students. The membership is free. Members are entitled to the followings free of charge;
Benefits
• Free Membership Form
• Free Membership ID Card
• Free Certificate of Membership
3. GOLD MEMBERSHIP
This category of membership is open to only students of Tertiary institutions. The membership is free. Members are entitled to the followings free of charge;
Benefits
• Free Membership Form
• Free Membership ID Card
• Free Certificate of Membership
4. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
5. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Literature / Ibadan Book Club To Pay Courtesy Visit To Oyo State Library Board On Friday by synw: 10:13pm On Apr 29
IBADAN BOOK CLUB TO PAY COURTESY VISIT TO OYO STATE LIBRARY BOARD ON FRIDAY
The Executive members of the Ibadan Book Club (IBC) will on 30th of April, 2021 pay a courtesy visit to the head of the Oyo State Library Board, Mrs. A.I Akinlolu to discuss opportunities for collaboration on reading culture and reading promotion in Oyo State.
In a statement issued and signed by Ayobami Odunyemi and Emeka Emmanuel, Coordinator and Secretary of the Club said the purpose of the visit is to open up a new chapter in the relationship between both parties and to leverage on each other’s strengths to deliver better in the area of reading promotion in the state.
The Courtesy visit will be led by the Coordinator of the Club Ayobami Odunyemi in the company of other Executives.
It would be recalled that during the March edition of the Book Club’s reading which took place at the Press Council Hall of the Polytechnic Ibadan, members of the club appointed a 7-man EXCO tasked to guide IBC`s strategic direction as the club continues to grow in membership.
Ibadan Book Club is an initiative of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers. It was established by SYNW in order to contribute its own quota towards the growth and development of Reading Culture in Oyo State. Ibadan Book Club consists of group of people who get together, periodically meet to discuss the book they have read, and to exchange such books. The members of the club encourage each other, and learn to read with a critical awareness, articulating their opinions on a particular book with the others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.
Few of the publications published by Ibadan Book Club are: Olubadan Centenary Anthology: A Collection of Essays, Articles, Poems and Artworks on Oba (Dr.) Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, Voices from Oja Oba Market and lastly Senator Abiola Ajimobi: Memories, Dreams, Reflections of A Mind Always in Motion.

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Literature / African Human Rights Essay Competition Shortlist Announced by synw: 9:01am On Apr 28
AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY COMPETITION SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
The Organizers of the African Human Rights Essay Competition have announced the shortlist of top and outstanding entries for the just concluded International Human Rights Essay Competition aimed at promoting human rights values in Africa and to positively influence the betterment of the human rights situation in the continent.
The shortlist was selected from the 20 longlisted entries.
The winners of the African Human Rights Essay Competition will be announced on the 30th of April, 2021. First will get the prize of $100, second prize amounts $75, and third $50.
The final judging/selection of winners will be done by Tom Block, the founding producer of the International Human Rights Art Festival.
Tom is a playwright, author of five books, and 20+ year visual artist. He has exhibited his artwork and spoken about his ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East. Tom founded the International Human Rights Art Festival at Dixon Place (NYC) in March 2017.
Find below the complete shortlist:
1. BETTY IGE - Women’s inalienable Right to Respectful Maternity Care
2. SAMUEL EPHRAIM EDWARD - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa
3. JIDE OGUNLANA - Human Rights in Africa: The Lacuna
4. BONFACE ISABOKE NYAMWEYA - The Streets of Law Prostitution in Africa and the Quest for Human Dignity
5. FLOSSY KAMBUKU - Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa
6. UGOCHUKWU ANADI - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: It’s a Crime to be happy in My Country
7. OLUWATOBILOBA GRACE LAWALSON - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: Gender Based Violence and Trafficking of Human Persons
8. ODHIAMBO JERAMEEL KEVINS OWUOR - Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa
9. NWOKEABIA, IFEANYI JOHN - Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa: A Mortal Carnage
10. GODSTIME NWAEZE - Abuse and Violations of Human Rights in Africa
11. INNOCENT CHIEMEZIE OHAEKWE - The Locust in Africa
12. OSHO TUNDE - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: Gross Domestic Violence Against Women
13. CHARLES IORNUMBE - Teenage Sexual Molestation: Rethinking the Havoc on Girl Child
African Human Rights Essay Competition is an initiative of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), USA aimed at promoting human rights values in Africa and to positively influence the betterment of the human rights situation in the continent.

Literature / Twenty Essayists Make The African Human Rights Essay Competition Longlist by synw: 3:40pm On Apr 27
TWENTY ESSAYISTS MAKE THE AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ESSAY COMPETITION LONGLIST
Twenty Essayists from across Africa have made the African Human Rights Essay Competition longlist.
The longlist was selected from more than fifty English-language submissions. The selection of the longlist was done by Izunna Okafor.
Izunna Okafor is a renowned journalist currently working with the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (publishers of National Light Newspaper, Ka Ọ Dị Taa Igbo Newspaper, and Sports Light Xtra). He is also an author of five books, with 27 national and international awards, and thousands of publications, cutting across journalism and creative writing.
A diglot writer and Igbo Language Activist, Okafor, who was a joint winner of the National Light’s Staff of the Year in 2019, and won 2015 Nigerian Writers Award, is also the Coordinator of Society of Young Nigerian Writers (Anambra State Chapter), the convener of Chinua Achebe Literary Festival; as well as the Project Coordinator, Writers Against COVID-19 Movement, and Editor-in-Chief, Chinua Achebe Poetry/Essay Anthology, and COVID-19 Poetry/Essay Anthology, among other positions.
Entries were received from six different countries which include: Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Dubai and USA. Submissions were judged based on originality of thought, depth of analysis, clarity of expression, spelling and grammar and conformity to contest rules.
Find below the complete longlist:
1. ABDULLATEEF B. ISA - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: The Nigeria's Case
2. BETTY IGE - Women’s inalienable Right to Respectful Maternity Care
3. BONFACE ISABOKE NYAMWEYA - The Streets of Law Prostitution in Africa and the Quest for Human Dignity
4. CHARLES IORNUMBE - Teenage Sexual Molestation: Rethinking the Havoc on Girl Child
5. FLOSSY KAMBUKU - Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa
6. FRANKLIN IFEANYI DIALA - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa
7. GODSTIME NWAEZE - Abuse and Violations of Human Rights in Africa
8. GRACE OLUKOYA - Africa's Development in the Face of Poor Respect for Human Rights
9. INNOCENT CHIEMEZIE OHAEKWE - The Locust in Africa
10. JIDE OGUNLANA - Human Rights in Africa: The Lacuna
11. NWOKEABIA, IFEANYI JOHN - Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa: A Mortal Carnage
12. OBEBE OLUSOJI - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa
13. ODE CONFIDENCE - Human Rights Abuse and Violation; Issue with the Freedom of Expression by Activist
14. ODHIAMBO JERAMEEL KEVINS OWUOR - Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa
15. OKAFOR MOSES ONYEBUCHI - Human Rights Abuse and Violation in Africa
16. OLUWATOBILOBA GRACE LAWALSON - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: Gender Based Violence and Trafficking of Human Persons
17. OSHO TUNDE - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: Gross Domestic Violence Against Women
18. PHILIP ONYIMOWO - General Idea of Human Rights Abuse and Violation
19. SAMUEL EPHRAIM EDWARD - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa
20. UGOCHUKWU ANADI - Human Rights Abuse and Violations in Africa: It’s a Crime to be happy in My Country

The shortlist will be announced tomorrow, Wednesday April 28, 2021.
African Human Rights Essay Competition is an initiative of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), USA aimed at promoting human rights values in Africa and to positively influence the betterment of the human rights situation in the continent.

Literature / Gibran @ 90: Kgs Set To Exhibit 25 Painting Works Of Khalil Gibran by synw: 8:52pm On Apr 22
GIBRAN @ 90: KGS SET TO EXHIBIT 25 PAINTING WORKS OF KHALIL GIBRAN DURING IBADAN BOOK CLUB APRIL MONTHLY READING
In a bid to commemorate 90 years of Khalil Gibran’s death, Khalil Gibran Society (KGS) will be exhibiting twenty five painting works of Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist at the April reading of the Ibadan Book Club which has been scheduled to take place on Saturday 24th April, 2021 at the TETFUND Hall, beside Drawing Room, South Campus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan by 12p.m prompt.
This was contained in a statement issued by Wole Adedoyin in Ibadan on Thursday.
Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist. He is best known as the author of The Prophet, which was first published in the United States in 1923 and has since become one of the best-selling books of all time, having been translated into more than 100 languages.

According to Adedoyin, “April 10th of this year marks 90 years since the Late Khalil Gibran left this world. In order to celebrate 90 years of great impacts made by him and his numerous works, Khalil Gibran Society will be exhibiting twenty five of his paintings at the April book reading of the Ibadan Book Club. Also Khalil Gibran Poetry Art Anthology is currently undergoing editing and will be made available to the public in the middle of May of this year.

Kahlil Gibran was the key figure in a Romantic movement that transformed Arabic literature in the first half of the twentieth century. One of his books titled “The Prophet” provides timeless spiritual wisdom on a range of subjects, including giving, eating and drinking, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, teaching, time, pleasure, religion, death, beauty and friendship. Corresponding to each chapter are evocative drawings by Gibran himself.

Gibran explored literary forms as diverse as "poetry, parables, fragments of conversation, short stories, fables, political essays, letters, and aphorisms.

Literature / Osogbo Book Club Reveals Plan To Collaborate With The Osun State Library Board, by synw: 8:05pm On Apr 22
OSOGBO BOOK CLUB REVEALS PLAN TO COLLABORATE WITH THE OSUN STATE LIBRARY BOARD, OTHERS

Osogbo Book Club has revealed plan to collaborate with the Osun State Library Board and the National Library of Nigeria, Osun State Branch in order to promote healthy reading culture in the state.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the Coordinator of the Club, Grace Godwin described the reading culture in Osun state as not only dwindling but crawling.

In a bid to contribute its own quota to the promotion of reading culture in the state, Osogbo Book Club has expressed readiness to work together with other stakeholders in the book industry in the state.

Osogbo Book Club during her April reading featured two Osogbo based writers, Lukman Alawode and Akobi Joshua Bamigbade. The two writers shared their writing experiences and also came up with ways of transforming and enhancing the reading culture of the state. Members also used the avenue to deliberate on ways of moving reading culture forward in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State and its neighborhood.

The club also used the opportunity to unveil her 10 points agenda, which are: Osogbo Book Fair,
2. Osogbo Book Club(s) (which will be established in different Primary and secondary schools in Osun State), Free Reading Correspondence Course named after TM Aluko, Osogbo Book and Art Festival, Paperless/Mobile Book Club/5000 E-Books Per School Project, Groom a Writer and Adopt a Reader Project, OBC Interview Series, Osogbo Journal of Books, Osogbo Prize for Literature and lastly, OBC Book Review Series.

The reading session of the meeting gave the participants an avenue to access and evaluates works of each other.

Osogbo Book Club is an initiative of Society of Young Nigerian Writers. It was established by the Society in order to contribute its own quota towards the growth and development of Reading Culture in Osun State. Osogbo Book Club consists of group of people who get together, periodically meet to discuss the book they have read, and to exchange such books. The members of the club encourage each other, and learn to read with a critical awareness, articulating their opinions on a particular book with the others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.

Literature / Ibadan Book Club Holds April Monthly Reading On Saturday 24 April, 2021 by synw: 1:43pm On Apr 21
IBADAN BOOK CLUB HOLDS APRIL MONTHLY READING ON SATURDAY 24 APRIL, 2021
Ibadan Book Club has expressed readiness to host Ibadan based Writer and Editor, Jide Ogunlana on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the TETFUND Hall, beside Drawing Room, South Campus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan by 12p.m prompt.
This was contained in a statement jointly issued by the Coordinator and Publicity Secretary of the Club, Ayobami Odunayo and Emeka Emmanuel in Ibadan on Monday.
At the event, Jide Ogunlana is expected to read from his books and share from his publishing experience.
Jide Ogunlana is a Novelist, Editor, Playwright and Professional Publisher, Two of Ogunlana’s plays, Verbal Violence and Clash of the Gods have been successfully staged in the Arts Theatre of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and they are being read at The Polytechnic, Ibadan and some higher institutions in the country. One of his short stories and extracts of his stories have also been published in some editions of ANA Review of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
Ogunlana’s storybook, Primrose and the Kidnappers won the 2018 ANA Prize for Children’s Literature. Many of his books have been approved for school use in the current lists of books of Oyo State Ministry of Education.
Other publications by Jide Ogunlana include: Two Plays of Verbal Attack, Esin Amope (Yoruba) The Adventure of Three Wild Boys (published under a pseudonym, Wale Adewale), Primrose and the Kidnappers, Three Strange Stories for Children, Awesu in a Strange House, A Girl Called Corona Sofia and From Marriage to Prison (A Collection of Short Stories).
As an editor, he worked with Evans Brothers (Nig. Publishers) Ltd for some years before establishing his own publishing company where he now works as a writer, a rewriter and an editor. His work with the Evans Brothers as a Senior Editor exposed him to various works of great writers both locally and internationally. As an independent editor, he has edited outstanding works of many popular Nigerian writers such as the prose works of Dr Wale Okediran, the Secretary General of Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) and a former Member of the House of Representatives, the biography of a former governor, the prose work of Diipo Fagunwa, the only surviving child of D.O. Fagunwa and the autobiography of Prof. Samuel Olusegun Ayodele, a renowned Nigerian professor of English.
The upcoming book reading event promises to be an avenue for reading creative works such as poetry, fiction, book sales and signing, contacts with other readers and book writers in all corners of the state of Oyo, the statement added.
Prospective writers who have works in poetry, short stories and novels can also attend to read their works to other writers and readers. Membership forms and certificate of membership will be available at no charge to first timers.
Ibadan Book Club is an initiative of the Nigerian Young Writers Society. It was founded in 2011 by SYNW in order to contribute its own quota to the growth and development of the Reading Culture in the State of Oyo.
The Ibadan Book Club consists of a group of people who meet, meet periodically to discuss the book they have read and exchange those books. Club members encourage each other and learn to read with a critical mind, articulating their opinions about a particular book with others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.
Some of the publications published by Ibadan Book Club are: Olubadan Centennial Anthology: a collection of essays, articles, poems and works of art in honor of Oba (Dr.) Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, Voices from Oja Oba Market and Finally, Senator Abiola Ajimobi: Memories, Dreams, Reflections of a Mind Always in Motion.

Literature / Only Few Can Write Good Stories But Not Many Can Write Great Stories – Ogunlana by synw: 12:00pm On Apr 21
ONLY FEW CAN WRITE GOOD STORIES BUT NOT MANY CAN WRITE GREAT STORIES – JIDE OGUNLANA

Jide Ogunlana is a Novelist, Editor, Playwright and Professional Publisher. Two of Ogunlana’s plays, Verbal Violence and Clash of the Gods have been successfully staged in the Arts Theatre of the University of Ibadan and they are currently being read at The Polytechnic, Ibadan and some higher institutions in the country. In this interview with Wole Adedoyin, the former Senior Editor with the Evans Brothers (Nig. Publishers) Ltd talks about his writing and publishing career.

WA: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START WRITING?
JO: Immediately I left secondary school, I started contributing to a radio programme on our local radio station, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, Ibadan for a prize. The programme was called WRITE IT WITH MUSIC, being anchored by Bola Alo, and each of all the letters I sent in that time won a prize of ten naira. There was another programme on Premier FM, Ibadan, where one would send in a poem written to a lover and which would be read on air. I believe it was Wale Don, the King of Lovers as he was called who anchored this. My poems were also aired many times. I guess these two things inspired me to start writing.
WA: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?
JO: I guess I’ve been writing one thing or the other for about 40 years now.
WA: WHEN DID YOU START WRITING?
JO: I started writing when I left the secondary school but I was not a published writer of creative stories until 2008 when I published my first book, a play.
WA: HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WRITER?
JO: I read English in the university and I love the use of English as a teacher, an editor or a writer. The three professions are however closely related, I’m sure. As a school teacher for instance, I had written plays for my students which they had staged at various times. My love for writing however heightened when I got my first book published.
WA: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A NEW WRITER, SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT?
JO: Passion for writing should come first. There will be plenty of opportunities to get frustrated along the way and to want to give up but it is the passion that will keep you going.It is not language proficiency; if Amos Tutuola could get published, you can. And anyway, as long as you don’t want to cut corners by bypassing the input of a good editor, there is a rescue. And again, everybody can write stories, few can write good stories but not many can write great stories. A great story demands investment of time, energy and money for the necessary research and materials.
WA: HOW DO YOU HANDLE WRITER’S BLOCK?
JO: My belief is that there is always a reason for writer’s block as long as the interest to write is there. I don’t usually have writer’s block but when I do, I will first find out what caused it. It may, for instance, be that I have pushed myself too much. In this case, all I do is to relax my mind by reading, watching comedies or wrestling. The writer’s block may however be psychological. You will struggle to come up with a great plot structure when your child has just been sent home from school for non-payment of school fees. When your mind is too crowded, just deal with the situations first before you come back to what you are writing. You will only be wasting time and you won’t be able to come up with a great creative work if you try to force yourself to continue.
WA: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN?
JO: I have written two plays, one of which is in the Yoruba language, a collection of short stories, about eight children’s stories and of course these are besides English language textbooks.
WA: WHAT IS THE MOST SURPRISING THING YOU DISCOVERED WHILE WRITING YOUR BOOK(S)?
JO: One I guess is that I will just discover that I understand some piquant expressions that I’ve never used before, and I won’t even remember where or when I’ve heard them before. I guess this is why reading is quite important to writers.
WA: WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER?
JO: I have some favourite characters and one is Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and Scot Harvath in Tom Clancy’s THE PATH OF THE ASSASSINS
WA: DO YOU HAVE FAVOURITE CHARACTERS THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN? IF SO, WHO? AND WHAT MAKES THEM SO SPECIAL?
JO: Professor, Policeman and Preacher in my play, VERBAL VIOLENCE. I enjoy their exchange of verbal abuse and civilized insults. I’ve always enjoyed good use of words in stories.
WA: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?
JO: From practically everywhere; music, past experiences, market place,reading, etc. A writer may not need to go far for an idea. Some things in life are evenstranger than fiction. A writer who can capture the extremism of the Boko Haram activities in Nigeria might even be accused of stretching credulity to the limit.
WA: WHERE CAN READERS PURCHASE YOUR BOOKS?
JO: My books may be purchased in two bookshops in Ibadan, Oyo State; Booksellers Bookshop, Magazine Road, Jericho and the University of Ibadan Bookshop. Direct order can also be made through email, leratobookpublishers@yahoo.comor jideogunlana@yahoo.com, or through any of these phone numbers; 07032573576; 08129476883; 08059350497.
WA: WHERE CAN READERS FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR BOOKS?
JO: I am active on Facebook and I have a page on Facebook: EDITING, WRITING AND REWRITING CONSULTANTS or through email or phone contacts.
WA: HAVE ANY OF YOUR BOOKS BEEN MADE INTO AUDIOBOOKS?
JO: No.
WA: IF SO, WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN PRODUCING AN AUDIO BOOK?
JO: I have not attempted it and so I may not be able to talk about the challenges in producing it. But I can mention the problem of illegal copying, which may deny the writer a great source of income for his effort. Duplicating storage devices is much easier and cheaper than duplicating books unless the writer finds a way of preventing the piracy.It can of course also be made impossible to copy online but all these will invariably push up the cost of production.
WA: WHICH OF YOUR BOOKS WERE THE MOST ENJOYABLE TO WRITE?
JO: I enjoy writing all my books. As Achebe once said, choosing one of your books as your favourite is like choosing one of your children as your favourite. It sounds unfair.
WA: TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK.
JO: My first published creative book is TWO PLAYS OF VERBAL ATTACK. It was published in 1998. It is being read in some higher institutions in the country and the two plays have been staged in the Arts Theatre of the University of Ibadan.
WA: WHAT WAS THE JOURNEY LIKE?
JO: I guess okay; just the usual promotion,marketing and marketers’ problems.
WA: WHAT, IN YOUR OPINION,ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
JO: I read THE ADVENTURERS by Harold Robbins many years ago. I got to a place where Dax, the protagonist, is dying with his guardian. The author then takes the reader back to some good times the two had shared. It was so emotional and I just couldn’t continue the reading again that night. This is a powerful use of imagery, which I appreciate in a story. Especially with a full-length story, characters must have distinguishable traits. It makescharacters and thereby the story unforgettable. The detective, Sherlock Holmes, seems so real and credible that readers were sending letters to his fictional 221B, Baker Street address in London. But then each genre of literature will determine the elements to be emphasised.I enjoy poems with rhythm.
WA: WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR OF ALL TIME?
JO: This is difficult for me to answer. It used to be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,then it changed to Ian Fleming.I’ve read nearly all of Shaw’s work and it was G.B. Shaw at a time.Now that I’ve fallen in love with espionage, I’m tempted to say it is now Tom Clancy!
WA: YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK BY HIM?
JO: All the works of these writers are my favourites but THE PATH OF THE ASSASSIN by Brad Thor (Tom Clancy generation) is one story I simply cannot forget.
WA: ON YOUR LATEST BOOK TITLED A GIRL CALLED CORONA SOFIA CAN YOU SHARE WITH US SOMETHING ABOUT THE BOOK?
JO: It’s a children’s book. As you have rightly guessed, it is about the Covid-19 epidemic. As an editor, I’ve had the privilege of editing many stories on the epidemic. What I’ve discovered is that many authors just write books on causes and precautions of Covid-19 and not what you may call a creative or an exciting story. And believe me; it is easy to fall into such an error unawares writing on a specific topic such as this.
WA: ARE THERE ANY SECRETS FROM THE BOOK YOU CAN SHARE WITH YOUR READERS?
JO: There is none really.
WA: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE STORY?
JO: This is not far-fetched. Many people, especially when the disease first surfaced, did not know a lot about it and many still don’t.As a topical issue, the adults as well as the children need to know about it to be able to protect themselves and avoid contracting the corona virus.One great way of passing the message across to the kids is of course through story telling.
WA: WHAT IS THE KEY THEME AND/OR MESSAGE IN THE BOOK?
JO: Essentially, the message is that corona virus is not a death sentence and we should avoid stigmatization. Also, if given the opportunity, children can play a considerable role that can change the negative orientation of even the adults.
WA: WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR READERS TAKE AWAY FROM THIS BOOK?
JO: Just as I have said, if properly guided and with love, children can make significant impacts in society.
WA: WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TITLE?
JO: The title emphasizes the extent of the heart rending stigmatization experienced by the girl called Sofia in her school after returning to Nigeria from the USA.
WA: HAS A BOOK EVER CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
JO: On the negative side, I remember I read THE LOVE MACHINE by Jacqueline Susan when I was in Form 5 in the secondary school. I loved the character so much and I tried to behave like him. As his name, Robin Stone, implies, he has the heart of stone, especially in his relationship with women. Thank God it was not a permanent change! On the positive side, I have been greatly influenced by TRIUMPHANT CHURCH by Kenneth E. Hagin.
WA: WHAT GENRES DO YOU LOVE?
JO: I love all the genres of literature.
WA: ARE THERE ANY GENRES YOU DISLIKE?
JO: No.
WA: WHAT AUTHOR (WHO IS STILL LIVING) WOULD YOU DEARLY LOVE TO MEET?
JO: Wole Soyinka. I want, especially, to be able to ask him some questions in MADMEN AND SPECIALIST. I think there is still a lot more to that play than I have grasped so far. It’s a great play.
WA: DO YOU LIKE TO DISPLAY YOUR BOOKS ON A BOOKSHELF OR KEEP THEM IN A VIRTUAL LIBRARY?
JO: Both. Although virtual library is more permanent, it is not as easily accessible as books on a shelf.
WA: DO YOU PREFER FLASH FICTION, SHORT STORIES, NOVELLAS OR NOVELS?
JO: I really don’t have a preference here. Sometimes you suddenly get an idea for a particular type and sometimes it is for another type. And I read anyone that gets my fancy at a particular point in time.
WA: WHAT BOOK CAN YOU RECOMMEND TO ME?
JO: As I’ve said before, I’ve fallen in love with espionage. I will seriously recommend the Campus Novel, THE PATH OF THE ASSASSIN by Brad Thor (Tom Clancy generation). But you may start from the first of the Campus series written by Tom Clancy himself, THE TEETH OF THE TIGER although it may not be necessary.
WA: WHEN DID YOU LAST VISIT A LIBRARY?
JO: I go to the Oyo State Library in Ibadan regularly.
WA: HAVE YOU EVER HAD A CRUSH ON A BOOK CHARACTER?
JO: I can’t recollect any right now but I remember that of Kate in THE TITANIC film.
WA: HAS A BOOK EVER MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD?
JO: Yes, one is Oliver Goldsmith’s SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER and others are G.B. Shaw’s plays, especially PYGMALION.

Literature / Synw Partners With Tabili Africa To Make Publishing Affordable For Young Writers by synw: 8:35am On Apr 21
SYNW PARTNERS WITH TABILI AFRICA TO MAKE PUBLISHING AFFORDABLE FOR YOUNG WRITERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
The Society of Young Nigerian Writers led by its President, Mr. Wole Adedoyin, on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Tabili Africa, an online print-on-demand bookstore to make its platform available to young writers across the country.
According to a statement released by Tabili Africa on Friday, April 16, ‘Tabili Africa was established to help African writers have access to quality printing and publishing for as low as N20,000. It is our believe that this partnership with a literary organization as consistent as Society of Young Nigerian Writers, will enable us have access to thousands of young writers in need of quality affordable book printing and distribution’
Tabili Africa plans to make books available at the lowest cost possible to every home in Africa, while consequentially promoting the almost running comatose reading culture through its innovative technology backed print-on-demand service.
‘The print-on-demand service ultimately ensures our authors’ titles are never out of print as we will only print copies when a buyer visits our website and orders copies. It also enables authors to fill a simple form on our website and within ten to fourteen maximum working days receive a printed copy of their book at their doorstep. These we believe will prevent authors from losing a fortune to printing thousands copies of their books with self-publishers scattered across the globe.’
The Tabili Africa service seems to be very similar to that of its US based counterpart Amazon, which if successful might create a more reliable distribution system for African authors. Tabili Africa has its head office in Ibadan, Nigeria but can only be accessed online via www.tabili.com.ng

Literature / Synw Appoints Kehinde Gbadeyanka As Oyo State Coordinator by synw: 4:49pm On Apr 16
SYNW APPOINTS KEHINDE GBADEYANKA AS OYO STATE COORDINATOR
The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) has appointed Kehinde Gbadeyanka as its new Coordinator in Oyo State.
Adedoyin Wole, the National President of the Association made the disclosure in a statement in Ibadan on Friday.
According to the release, “Gbadeyanka’s appointment as Coordinator of the writers’ body in Oyo State is very important as he brings extensive experience and adds the necessary leadership and depth that will help us drive our short term goals of making Oyo state a reading state.
As SYNW Coordinator in Oyo State, Kehinde Gbadeyanka will oversee and coordinate the affairs of the Society in Oyo State in line with the constitution of the organization.
Gbadeyanka Kehinde is a playwright, poet and short story writer. He is an Alumnus of the Ebedi International Writers Residency.
Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), is an umbrella organisation that was founded to promote creative writing and literary arts among writers based in Nigeria between the ages of 10 and 40. It was founded in 2010 at the former house of the Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka at the University of Ibadan. It was formerly known as the World of Poets and Literary Society.
Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) is a member of the International Authors Forum (IAF). It has also collaborated with different international organizations like Alliance Francaise (Nigeria), 100 Thousand Poets for Change (USA), Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival (Dominican Republic), Khalil Gibran Society, Youth Service America/Global Youth Service Day and lately International Human Rights Art Festival (USA).
In 2019, Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was duly acknowledged and mentioned in a book titled “TEEN LIVES AROUND THE WORLD: A GLOBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (2 VOLUMES)” edited by Karen Wells. The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was described as the only teen writers’ body in Nigeria.
SYNW provides a platform for young writers to meet and collaborate, enhance and hone their writing skills. SYNW also publish, promote and market the works of its members.

Literature / April Edition Of The Osogbo Book Club Monthly Reading Holds Tomorrow Saturday by synw: 4:11pm On Apr 16
APRIL EDITION OF THE OSOGBO BOOK CLUB MONTHLY READING HOLDS TOMORROW, SATURDAY 17 APRIL, 2021

Osogbo Book Club (IBC) has expressed readiness to host two Osogbo based writers, Lukman Alawode and Akobi Joshua Bamigbade this coming Saturday, 17 April, 2021, in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.

A statement by Godwin Grace, the Coordinator of the club, said the event would take place at the Writers’ Global Movement Secretariat, Ona-babaona, Okebaalẹ, Tara Area Osogbo, Opposite Essence International School by 12PM prompt.

In 2014, 2016 and 2017, Osogbo Book Club in conjunction with the Osun State branch of the National Library of Nigeria under the headship of Mr. Bashir Akanni Salawu and Mrs Felicia Abosede Oyeleke held series of book reading programmes which were sponsored by the Board aimed at reviving and enhancing book reading culture in the state. The programmes also featured arts exhibitions and reading of creative books.

ABOUT OUR GUEST WRITERS/READERS

Luqman Alawode is the Director of Studies, Initiative for Sound Education, Relationship & Health, Osun state coordinator of SYNW, and a Fellow of World Institute for Peace. He is the founder of Humanity First Initiative and Initiator of War Against Fake News, a global anthology that was targeted at eradication of spread of fake news across the globe. He published his first magazine in 2020 which was tagged: Colours of Humanity, The Requisite to Redeem the Heritage of a Displaced World.

Luqman is a Poet, Short story writer, humanitarian and an anthologist. He is one of the over two hundred (200) global writers that co-authored a book titled Complexion Based Discrimination, a book that sought to eradicate discrimination against skin colour and ethnicity.

Akobi Joshua Bamigbade is a published author and book promoter. Akobi Joshua was born in the sixties in the city of Ile Ife. He attended about three different primary schools before settling down with one finally. This is a result of following his father who was a teacher during his transfers from one school to another. He attended the prestigious and only boys secondary school in Ile Ife, St John's Grammar school founded by a Catholic Reverend, Father Clouthier. He furthered his education by studying English and History at College of Education in Ilesa from 1982 to I985. He attended both University of Ilorin and the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife for his degree in Language Arts and English Language respectively, the former of which he abandoned after three years before settling for English Language at Obafemi Awolowo University.

He has worked as a teacher of English Language all through his career even when appointed as Principal until his retirement from government service in 2020 after the mandatory 35 years in service.

As a teacher in the 80s, he founded a magazine then called the 'voice ' to encourage creative writing among his students then.

He is a man in love with literary activities and has been involved in different inter-school debates programmes and essay competitions. He has equally contributed short stories and poems to the WGM Magazine,an online creative writing magazine.

He is happily married with children.

Literature / I Don’t Write To Compete, I Write To Educate And Entertain-luqman Alawode by synw: 3:45pm On Apr 16
Luqman Alawode is the Director of Studies, Initiative for Sound Education, Relationship & Health. Also, Osun State Coordinator of SYNW and a Fellow of the World Institute for Peace. He is the founder of Humanity First Initiative and Initiator of War Against Fake News, a global anthology that was targeted at eradication of spread of fake news across the globe. In this interview with Wole Adedoyin, he talks about his love for writing and experience as a writer.

WA: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START WRITING?
LA: Writing to me is inborn, though my father was not a writer but he was an orator, he speaks senses and anybody that is so close to him like I did would have no option than to put on a thinking cap. His words are inspirations. So I can say, it all started from the willingness to document my father’s words of wisdom. This is how I developed the skill couple with the everyday happenings within my environment.

WA: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING
LA: Long ago, I can’t really say precisely but officially, I started in 2014 courtesy of my wife’s wishes to know my special skill apart from everyday’s office assignment.

WA: HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WRITER
LA: Yes, it was not accidental. I have always wished to be a writer

WA: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A NEW WRITER, SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT?
LA: Writing is not a money bag. Fine, you can make it through writing but do not starts with the aim of making too much money otherwise you will be shown a way out very quickly. Start slowly and watch your skills taking you across the globe.

WA: HOW DO YOU HANDLE WRITERS BLOCK?
LA: Well, I don’t really experience this as such because writing is a pleasure to me. I don’t write to compete, I write to entertain and enlighten. So, I write only when I am inspired to do so.

WA: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN?
LA: Sincerely, I have not published through the traditional publishers, most of my works are online. I have two of my books on Okadabooks; NEMESIS and POWER OF THE TONGUE. Also, I have championed and also participated in several anthologies both Local and International. I have also published a magazine on humanity, it was released late 2020.

WA: WHAT IS THE MOST SURPRISING THING YOU DISCOVERED WHILE WRITING YOUR BOOK(S)?
LA: The way the inspiration comes. I never knew I could write as much as I am doing today but the moment I start writing, I never get bored.

WA: DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE CHARACTER THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN? IF SO, WHO? AND WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL?
LA: OLAMIDE in my book titled “OLAMIDE THE GLORIOUS CHILD” unfortunately; I sold the book to a publisher when I had no knowledge about how writing works.

WA: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?
LA: Everywhere

WA: HAVE ANY OF YOUR BOOKS BEEN TRANSLATED TO AUDIOBOOK?
LA: No

WA: WHICH OF YOUR BOOKS WERE THE MOST ENJOYABLE TO WRITE?
LA: OLAMIDE THE GLORIOUS CHILD

WA: WHAT, IN YOUR OPINION ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
LA: The “THEME” that is central idea must be clearly understood. Before writing, the writer should understand what he/she wanted to write about
AUDIENCE; you are not writing for yourself, if it is for you, you already know the story but since writing is for others either to educate or entertain them, the writer must have the audience in mind.
CLARITY: Ambiguous words can piss your readers off, be as clear as possible.
POINT OF VIEW: Your point of view has to be specific. Are you writing in first person, second or third?

WA: WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR OF ALL TIME?
LA: I celebrate all authors. I don’t go with name but contents of books. However, I think JP CLARK

WA: YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK BY HIM
LA: The Wives Revolt

WA: HAS A BOOK EVER CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
LA: Not really but I am usually motivated when reading biographies

WA: WHAT GENRE DO YOU LOVE?
LA: All. All genres have their significance

WA: ARE THERE ANY GENRES YOU DISLIKE?
LA: No

WA: WHAT AUTHOR (WHO IS STILL LIVING) WOULD YOU DEARLY LOVE TO MEET?
LA: Wole Soyinka

WA: WHAT BOOK CAN YOU RECOMMEND TO ME?
LA: Talent is Never Enough – Brian Tracy

Literature / Writing, Reading And Storytelling Are Vehicles That Move Culture Forward - Akobi by synw: 3:32pm On Apr 16
WRITING, READING AND STORYTELLING ARE VEHICLES THAT MOVE CULTURE FORWARD - AKOBI JOSHUA BAMIGBADE

Akobi Joshua Bamigbade is a published author and book promoter. He has worked as a teacher of English Language all through his career even when appointed as Principal until his retirement from government service in 2020 after the mandatory 35 years in service. In this interview with Wole Adedoyin, he shares with him brief details about his writing career.

WA: WHY DO YOU WRITE?
AJB: It's just an instinct.

WA: WHICH WRITER DO YOU ADMIRE?
AJB: Chinua Achebe

WA: WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW? ARE THERE ANY AUTHORS (LIVING OR DEAD) THAT YOU WOULD NAME AS INFLUENCES?
AJB: There are so many of them. Sir. Rider H. Haggard, Chinua Achebe , Sydney Sheldon, Ola Rotimi and so on.

WA: WHAT WAS THE BOOK THAT MOST INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE — AND WHY?
AJB: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I was influenced by its straightforward narration and its use of proverbs.

WA: WHAT ARE YOUR 10 FAVORITE BOOKS —AND WHY?
AJB: The question could have been my favourite genre or authors. I love African writers whose sole aim is exposing the African experiences under colonialism or apartheid or the new experience under self rule. In a nutshell, I enjoy satire. Equally I enjoy thrillers, espionage and adventures. I love reading books from Achebe, Soyinka, Elechi Amadi, Sembene Ousmane, Buchi Emecheta etc. For thrillers I enjoy books from Sydney Sheldon, Dennis Robin's etc.

WA: IF YOU HAD A BOOK CLUB, WHAT WOULD IT BE READING — AND WHY?
AJB: Poetry and Prose. I love poetry because of its use of words. Prose because it keeps you company. You are never lonely with Prose in your hands.

WA: GIVE US THREE "GOOD TO KNOW" FACTS ABOUT YOU. BE CREATIVE. TELL US ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WRITING.
AJB: I love reading novels and love seeing children writing. Most especially I love pleasant surprises in actual live and always want to bring this into my stories. In a nutshell I love intrigues.
I always want reader to get the message I am using the story to pass across. I love treating contemporary issues though a literary work lives on forever and would be relevant in any period or time.

WA: WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT YOUR READERS TO KNOW? CONSIDER HERE YOUR LIKES AND DISLIKES, YOUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES, YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO UNWIND — WHATEVER COMES TO MIND.
AJB: For hobbies, I love reading and playing volleyball.

WA: WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
AJB: My writing inspiration comes from happening in the society.

WA: HOW DID YOU GET TO BE WHERE YOU ARE IN YOUR LIFE TODAY?
AJB: I have a motto; Jah guides. God has been leading.

WA: ARE YOU A FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME WRITER? HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUR WRITING?
AJB: A part time writer. You know I have been a civil servant all along.

WA: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE FUTURE OF READING/WRITING?
AJB: Quite foggy. The likes of Achebe, Ferdinand Oyono, Peter Abrahams are dwindling.

WA: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?
AJB: Can t say

WA: WHAT KIND(S) OF WRITING DO YOU DO?
AJB: Short stories and poetry

WA: WHAT CULTURAL VALUE DO YOU SEE IN WRITING / READING / STORYTELLING /ETC.?
AJB: Writing, reading and storytelling are vehicles that move culture forward. Without them there would be nothing left of a particular society's culture. They are transmitters of culture.

Literature / Ibadan Book Club Set To Host Jide Ogunlana As Guest Reader by synw: 10:36am On Apr 13
IBADAN BOOK CLUB SET TO HOST JIDE OGUNLANA AS GUEST READER/WRITER FOR HER APRIL BOOK READING
Ibadan Book Club (IBC) has set aside April 24, 2021 to host Jide Ogunlana as her Guest Writer/Reader for the month of April.
A statement jointly signed by the Coordinator and Publicity Secretary of the Club, Ayobami Odunayo and Emeka Emmanuel said that the event will take place at the TETFUND Hall, beside Drawing Room, South Campus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan by 12p.m.
This April Edition is kindly sponsored by Cosmopolitan Publishers.
Jide Ogunlana is a Novelist, Editor, Playwright and Professional Publisher, Two of Ogunlana’s plays, Verbal Violence and Clash of the Gods have been successfully staged in the Arts Theatre of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and they are being read at The Polytechnic, Ibadan and some higher institutions in the country. One of his short stories and extracts of his stories have also been published in some editions of ANA Review of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
Ogunlana’s storybook, Primrose and the Kidnappers won the 2018 ANA Prize for Children’s Literature. Many of his books have been approved for school use in the current lists of books of Oyo State Ministry of Education.
Other publications by Jide Ogunlana include: Two Plays of Verbal Attack, Esin Amope (Yoruba) The Adventure of Three Wild Boys (published under a pseudonym, Wale Adewale), Primrose and the Kidnappers, Three Strange Stories for Children, Awesu in a Strange House, A Girl Called Corona Sofia and From Marriage to Prison (A Collection of Short Stories).
As an editor, he worked with Evans Brothers (Nig. Publishers) Ltd for some years before establishing his own publishing company where he now works as a writer, a rewriter and an editor. His work with the Evans Brothers as a Senior Editor exposed him to various works of great writers both locally and internationally. As an independent editor, he has edited outstanding works of many popular Nigerian writers such as the prose works of Dr Wale Okediran, the Secretary General of Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) and a former Member of the House of Representatives, the biography of a former governor, the prose work of Diipo Fagunwa, the only surviving child of D.O. Fagunwa and the autobiography of Prof. Samuel Olusegun Ayodele, a renowned Nigerian professor of English.
The upcoming book reading event promises to be an avenue for reading creative works such as poetry, fiction, book sales and signing, contacts with other readers and book writers in all corners of the state of Oyo, the statement added.
Prospective writers who have works in poetry, short stories and novels can also attend to read their works to other writers and readers. Membership forms and certificate of membership will be available at no charge to first timers.
Ibadan Book Club is an initiative of the Nigerian Young Writers Society. It was founded in 2011 by SYNW in order to contribute its own quota to the growth and development of the Reading Culture in the State of Oyo.
The Ibadan Book Club consists of a group of people who meet, meet periodically to discuss the book they have read and exchange those books. Club members encourage each other and learn to read with a critical mind, articulating their opinions about a particular book with others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.
Some of the publications published by Ibadan Book Club are: Olubadan Centennial Anthology: a collection of essays, articles, poems and works of art in honor of Oba (Dr.) Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, Voices from Oja Oba Market and Finally, Senator Abiola Ajimobi: Memories, Dreams, Reflections of a Mind Always in Motion.

Literature / Poly Ibadan Hosts Ibadan Book Club April Edition by synw: 10:15am On Apr 13
POLY IBADAN HOSTS IBADAN BOOK CLUB APRIL EDITION, SET TO FEATURE EVANS EX-EDITOR, JIDE OGUNLANA AS GUEST WRITER/READER
The Polytechnic Ibadan, an institution of higher learning in Ibadan in Oyo State, Nigeria. Founded in 1970 will on Saturday, April 24, 2021 host the Ibadan Book Club’s monthly Guest Writer Session. The edition is expected to feature Ex- Evans Senior Editor, Jide Ogunlana.
This was contained in a statement jointly issued by the Coordinator and Publicity Secretary of the Club, Ayobami Odunayo and Emeka Emmanuel in Ibadan on Monday.
At the event, Jide Ogunlana is expected to read from his books and share from his publishing experience.
Jide Ogunlana is a Novelist, Editor, Playwright and Professional Publisher, Two of Ogunlana’s plays, Verbal Violence and Clash of the Gods have been successfully staged in the Arts Theatre of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and they are being read at The Polytechnic, Ibadan and some higher institutions in the country. One of his short stories and extracts of his stories have also been published in some editions of ANA Review of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
Ogunlana’s storybook, Primrose and the Kidnappers won the 2018 ANA Prize for Children’s Literature. Many of his books have been approved for school use in the current lists of books of Oyo State Ministry of Education.
Other publications by Jide Ogunlana include: Two Plays of Verbal Attack, Esin Amope (Yoruba) The Adventure of Three Wild Boys (published under a pseudonym, Wale Adewale), Primrose and the Kidnappers, Three Strange Stories for Children, Awesu in a Strange House, A Girl Called Corona Sofia and From Marriage to Prison (A Collection of Short Stories).
As an editor, he worked with Evans Brothers (Nig. Publishers) Ltd for some years before establishing his own publishing company where he now works as a writer, a rewriter and an editor. His work with the Evans Brothers as a Senior Editor exposed him to various works of great writers both locally and internationally. As an independent editor, he has edited outstanding works of many popular Nigerian writers such as the prose works of Dr Wale Okediran, the Secretary General of Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) and a former Member of the House of Representatives, the biography of a former governor, the prose work of Diipo Fagunwa, the only surviving child of D.O. Fagunwa and the autobiography of Prof. Samuel Olusegun Ayodele, a renowned Nigerian professor of English.
The upcoming book reading event promises to be an avenue for reading creative works such as poetry, fiction, book sales and signing, contacts with other readers and book writers in all corners of the state of Oyo, the statement added.
Prospective writers who have works in poetry, short stories and novels can also attend to read their works to other writers and readers. Membership forms and certificate of membership will be available at no charge to first timers.
Ibadan Book Club is an initiative of the Nigerian Young Writers Society. It was founded in 2011 by SYNW in order to contribute its own quota to the growth and development of the Reading Culture in the State of Oyo.
The Ibadan Book Club consists of a group of people who meet, meet periodically to discuss the book they have read and exchange those books. Club members encourage each other and learn to read with a critical mind, articulating their opinions about a particular book with others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.
Some of the publications published by Ibadan Book Club are: Olubadan Centennial Anthology: a collection of essays, articles, poems and works of art in honor of Oba (Dr.) Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, Voices from Oja Oba Market and Finally, Senator Abiola Ajimobi: Memories, Dreams, Reflections of a Mind Always in Motion.

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