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ANA To Institutionalise Capacity Building To Enhance Professionalism

Posted: Mar 22, 2016 at 3:12 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yemi Adebisi, Lagos

National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Mallam Denja Abdullahi, says the association is working on institutionalising capacity building activities to foster critical engagements among writers to enhance professionalism.

Abdullahi made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, saying, “The capacity building activities will foster critical engagements among the various links in the book chain. The book chain will flow from the writer, who is the fountain of the book chain to the end user which is the reader and the transformative media beyond that reader which must relate seamlessly for the writer to bask in the glow of professionalism. If the writer must work beyond being just creative, like it is largely the case in Nigeria, true professionalism will continue to be difficult to attain,’’ he said.

Abdullahi said that ANA had started carrying out the hosting of the 2016 edition of the Yusuf Ali literary awareness campaign in tertiary institutions across the country.

“Arts profession has not created enough jobs for the country; once we take the profession as if our lives depend on it, then we will be in a position to animate the system through productions that teach and entertain the citizenry.

“Art is a slice of life; it is a reflection of our daily existence; it is lifelike; and it has psychological immediacy so we need to use its unique characteristics to have determinate impact on the mindset of the people.

“This year 2016 is going to be historic as we are going to celebrate our 35th Anniversary with a number of activities that will culminate in our annual international convention in Abuja in October, 2016.

“Beyond that, we have already started the process of developing an eight year strategic plan for the association -2016 to 2023. We are also doing a nationwide membership registration exercise,” he said.

Abdullahi revealed that the association was also shooting an audio-visual documentary on history, growth and contributions of the association to literary development in Nigeria.

“We are also developing the Writers’ Village in Mpape, Abuja and bringing out the second stream of the Nigerian Writers Series, this time devoted to children’s literature alongside our other routine programmes,’’ he said.