The Association of Nigerian Authors has always provide opportunities for training to aspiring writers. The ANA/Yusuf Ali Creative Writing Workshop—targeted at university students— is one of its most recent initiatives.

“Twenty students from tertiary institutions in Nigeria, who have the potential to be fine writers, have been selected from nearly a hundred entries received during the submissions window, explains Richard Ali, an ANA publicity secretary.

It is an all-expense paid writers’ retreat at the Savannah Suites Resort in the Gwarinpa Estate, Abuja.

From the 23rd to the 25th October, Charles Akinsete, a University of Ibadan lecturer, will be on hand to take the participants through the “rudiments of fiction.”

It is no news that a lot of writing is taking place in Nigerian Universities. There is a whole community of writers in universities across the country trying their hands at writing and hoping to become the next Chimamanda Adichie or Teju Cole. The ANA is simply providing an enabling environment to develop their craft.

image_71Programs this good don’t fund themselves, which is why Yusuf Ali, a prominent lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigerian, should be commended for his generous support.

At the end of the workshop, materials produced will be published in an Anthology of Creative Writing, edited by Professor Kanchana Ugbabe of the University of Jos.

Congrats to the 20 lucky participants. Here are their names. We wish them a fun and productive weekend!


Okafor Emmanuel Tochukwu

University of Benin

Prosper Obum Anuforoh

Federal University of Technology, Owerri 

Bentex III

Ahmadu Bello University

Mgbemena Evaristus Chukwudalu

Imo State University

Akin Tella

University of Ibadan

Tunde Ososanya

Nigerian Institute of Journalism

Omoya Yinka Simult

University of Ibadan

Sam Ajasa

Olabisi Onabanjo University

Tolase Ajibola

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Chinaecherem Michael Obor

University of Nigeria

Chinweuba Henry Endurance Ndidi

Federal University Lokoja

Ishola Abdulwasiu Ajibola

University of Ilorin

Wazani Ijafaru

University of Maiduguri

Nnamani Chiemerie

University of Nigeria

Basit Jamiu

Ekiti State University

Udeme Ralph Obot

University of Calabar

Monday Godwin Oodo

Federal University, Lokoja

Odu-Oga Omowunmi Abosede

Federal College of Education, Abeokuta

Cynthia Onyinye Anyamene

Tansian University

Peter Ukwa

Niger Delta University






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  1. Toheeb 2015/10/23 at 3:41 am #

    This is wonderful!

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