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When Four Female Writers Storm Ebedi Residency

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Posted: Mar 19, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yemi Adebisi, Lagos

The recent arrival of four female writers for the March/April 2016 session at the Ebedi International Writers Residency, Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria promised to be a launch out, judging from the background and literary exposure of the writers.

The writers which include Blessing Christopher, Farida Adamu, Mariam Sule and Funke Awodiya would be spending six weeks together to improve their writing prowess in the residency.

A graduate of the University of Uyo, Nigeria, Blessing Christopher, has been published in Nigeria and around Africa, both online and in print. She is a fellow of the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators, Gotland, Sweden. She will be spending her time in Ebedi to complete work on her Novel Love Is A Communicable Disease as well as teaching Iseyin students the art of Ibibio cuisine.

Farida Adamu, who currently works with Custodians Of African Literature (COALS), in Jos, Plateau State is a graduate of Gombe State University. She hopes to complete work on her maiden novel, Zara while in Ebedi as well as to teach students in Iseyin the art of Bead Making which is another of her creative talents.

From Benin City in Edo State comes Mariam Sule, a school teacher with passion for mentoring children in literary activities.  During her teaching practice year at Garrick Memorial College Benin City, she organised weekly Spelling Competitions for her students. She will be spending her time in Ebedi to complete work on her maiden novel, Emike. She will also continue her mentoring activities with the students in Iseyin as part of her community service.

Funke Awodiya holds a Masters degree in Medical Sociology from the University Of Ibadan. An active member of the Association Of Nigerian Authors, (ANA) Lagos State Chapter as well as Poets In Nigeria (PIN), Funke featured as a Moderator in the just concluded Eriata Photo-Poetry Contest and has a contribution in Who Shall I Make My Wife – a collection of  food related poems published by PIN. She will be spending her time in Ebedi to complete work on her novel, Omolade as well as teach Iseyin students the basics of Public Speaking and Elocution.

Just like their predecessors, the Four Female Writers will also benefit from the Exchange Program instituted by the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka by spending some time at the Wole Soyinka Residency in Abeokuta before the end of their residency.

Apart from the new partnership with the Wole Soyinka Writers Residency, Abeokuta, the Ebedi International Writers Residency also enjoys the support of a Belgium based Organisation, Arts Moves Africa (AMA) for the provision of free return tickets for foreign writers attending the Ebedi Residency.

In addition, one of Nigeria’s foremost publishing outfits, the Literamed Publishers, Oregun Lagos will be publishing quality works that emanate from the residency.

In its sixth year of operation, the Ebedi International Writers Residency an initiative for the provision of a conducive environment for writers to complete their ongoing works at no cost to the writers has already paid host to over 60 writers from Nigeria, Cameroun, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa and Ivory Coast. The invited writers in return have been able to successfully mentor many students in some secondary schools in their host community in the areas of Creative Writing and Fine Arts.