One of Nigeria’s foremost dramatists, Oreofe Williams a.k.a Awo Jesu is organising a festival of talents tagged I am a Celebrity with focus on The Modern Youth in Nation Building. The event is packaged by Oreofe Multimedia Studio and is scheduled to hold on March 30 and 31, 2018 at The City of Talents, the film village of Oreofe Films and Theatre Productions, Ibadan. Being an all in all festival that features spoken word poetry, music, dance, drama, symposium and special appearances of Funsho Adeolu and Rose Odika, it aims not just at discovering new talents but nurturing them as well hence, the inaugural competitions of dance and drama. The first runner-up, second runner-up and the winner in the drama category will all secure film recording deals with varying cash prizes while only the second runner-up and the winner in the dance category will secure recording deals with varying cash prizes. The guest judges of these competitions include Prof Niyi Adebajo, Otunba Ayobami, Deacon Ademola Awokoya, Chief Gbolagade Akinpelu and Chief Tunde Bamgbode. So, if you have a drama or dance group that is up to the task, what are you waiting for? This might just be the opportunity you need to become celebrities. To register, call 08163195839,08066167503,09065013458 See banner for further details.
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After a ghastly accident involving his car and another whose brakes failed and rammed into his just a day after his 30th birthday in Abuja on February 1, Nigerian writer Onyeka Nwelue has sustained severe spine and hip dislocation resulting in his inability to move. Since the news broke, Onyeka has been hospitalised at Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja and is currently at Lerotong Hospital, Guateng Province, South Africa. For Onyeka to walk again, he needs spine surgery that costs as much as $27,000 which is about #9.8m. Onyeka is the author of the novel The Beginning of Everything Colourful (2017) and is presently an assistant professor and a Visiting Fellow of African Literature and Studies at theEnglish language Department, Manipur University, India. Heis also a Research Fellow at the Centre for international Studies, Ohio University. In 2016, he shot the Flora Nwapa documentary: The House of Nwapa. In one of his Facebook posts, Onyeka shared his photos, thanked his friends who came through for him and revealed his state of mind: ‘I’m forced to write this. In the deepest pain I have ever felt.My sacroiliac joint is dislocated from my spine and hip; reason why I feel so much pain and have not been able to step out of the room where I am. I have also read comments from people who believe the ‘Onyeka Nwelue they know’ has money. And he knows people. So, he doesn’t need to solicit for public fund. This is to confirm that those who are seeking for public support for me are doing so for the reason that they want me to not be in pain as much as I want to be free. Most of them are people who are not even close to me—because those who are close to me feel shame that they can’t help. Writing this has been painful. I will be off Facebook for a long time’. To help save the life of one of our own, please make donations to: Bank: Zenith Bank. Account Name: Onyeka Nwelue. Account Type: Savings. Account Number: 2178748991. Source: Brittle Paper
In the Nigeria of this day, we can confidently say that the literary world is beginning to get the right attention it so deserves which basically aims at discovering new generation of writers, reviving the reading culture among young people as well as serving as a tool for social engineering and the threshold of change they so desire. It’s in this light that the organisers of the new man movement yearly organises a writing contest for African secondary school students tagged ‘The New Man Writing Contest’. Even though entries for the 2018 edition of the contest which is held in honour of H.R.M, Oba Adedokun Abolarin Omoniyi Aroyinkeke1, the Orangun of Oke-Ila Oragun, Osun, Nigeria has been opened since November 2017, it still extends to March 21 2018 and interested students can forward their entries to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.The first first, second and third winning entries would be published in The New Man Writing Series which is revealed to be worth over two hundred thousand naira while other entries would be published on several literary blogs, international journals and websites. Additionally, top prose and drama works would be adopted into movie scripts (courtesy: KBLAQ TV). For submission guidelines and more information, visit: http://www.thenewman.org.ng.
The Board of Trustees of The Caine Prize has released a statement, announcing the exit of Lizzy Attree who has served as Director of the prize for African Writing as a part-time consultant for seven years and a co-founder of the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize, with Mukoma wa Ngugi, which offers $5,000 recognitions to fiction and poetry in African languages came into the position in 2011 after succeeding Nick Elam. The Caine Prize Board of Trustees therefore ‘ wishes her well with the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize and her other projects. The Board is grateful for Lizzy’s commitment and contributions to the continued growth of the Caine Prize, which is recognised as a leading literary award. They also announced that plans regarding the future administration of the Prize would follow in due course. Lizzy Attree has a PhD from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, obtained with a dissertation titled “The Literary Responses to HIV and AIDS from South Africa and Zimbabwe from 1990-2005.” In 2010, she published Blood on the Page, a collection of interviews with the first African writers to write about HIV and AIDS from Zimbabwe and South Africa. That year also, she became a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department at Rhodes University in South Africa. Attree’s is the second high-profile departure from a major organisation this year. Last month, the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) announced that Michela Wrong has stepped down from the position of Literary Director. Source: Brittle Paper
Compilers of Erotic Africa, a sex anthology has called for submissions from willing African authors, photographers or digital artists with the view of telling erotic stories from an African perspective. The compilation will also strive towards displacing the pornographic idea behind erotica and will be published as an e-book on Brittle Paper in June 2018. Being an open invitation, writers are encouraged to freely express their sexual freedom by capturing their realities and fantasies with the imaginary prowess of the brain. Authors are therefore informed that submissions which close on March 31, 2018 be made to email@example.com. While each author is entitled to two entries of stories not more than 2000 words, photgraphers or digital artists are entitled to just six.
GTB Launches The Dusty Manuscript Writing Contest Guarantee Trust Bank in conjunction with Farafina breeze imprint, Kachifo Ltd and Okada Books launches The Dusty Manuscript Contest, a brand new literary prize with over 1,500,000 Naira cash prize to be won. The contest which is chaired by a panel of ace writers like Eghosa Imasuen, Toni Kan, Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines and Yejide Kilanko is set up to promote and discover new generation of Nigerian writers by publishing and selling their stories to the world. Apart from the fact that the winning authors would get monetary rewards, the initiative also affords them the opportunity to secure publishing and marketing contracts. The second runner up will get a cash prize of 250,000 Naira and a publishing contract with Kachifo Ltd under their breeze imprint. The first runner up gets 500,000 Naira and a publishing contract with Kachifo Ltd under their breeze imprint while the winner gets a whooping 1,000,000 Naira and a publishing contract with Kachifo Ltd under their breeze imprint. Additionally, the remaining shortlisted authors will get their books e-published on Okada Books while the top 25 longlisted authors will get a two-day boot camp training on writing, marketing and branding. Submission of entries close at 12:00 a.m. midnight (WAT) on March 31, 2018 and the longlist will be announced in May, 2018 before the unveiling of the top three at an evening gala in June 2018. For more information, visit: csr.gtbank.com/dustymanuscript
Sensational and powerful stage play Hear Word is wrapping up its 15-day tour in the United States at American Repertory theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Febraury 15, 2018. Ifeoma Fafunwa, the creator and CEO of IOpenEye Theatre Company had gotten the invitation to stage the play which is a collection of monologues that depict true-life stories of Nigerian women after its debut sold out show in the same theatre in 2017. Apart from it being a thriller, it’s a play that projects feminist plea against prejudice through generational stories about the political, social and cultural factors affecting and limiting the lives of Nigerian women. Since its debut at the MUSON Centre in 2014, it has featured some of Nigeria’s best stage and screen actresses, including Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Ufuoma McDermott, ElvinaIbru, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Omonor, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri, Odenike, as well as master percussionists – Blessing Idireri and Emeka Anokwuru.
An author of Nigerian-German decent and best selling novel When We Speak Of Nothing, Olumide Popoola, is currently putting finishing touches to all arrangements of the biggest festival of African writers in Berlin which will be attended by star authors from Nigeria, kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Dr Congo, Zimbabwe and Ghana from April the 26th to the 28th 2018.. The festival tagged ‘Writing in Migration’ would be sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as well as Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe and presented by a literary agency InterKontinental to focus on issues of transnationality and transculturality, thereby committing itself to the topic of migration in the sense of ‘being on the move’. The organizers’ statement to the press stressed that: ‘For three days African life realities and experiences will be broached by means of prose and poetry in the course of talks, readings and roundtable discussions. What does it mean to live and write after a forced or voluntary move to Europe / the USA? How do African writers process constant movement through spaces and identities? Is there a responsibility towards tradition or even an African identity? Below is the comprehensive list of attendees: Nigeria: Chris Abani, Chinelo Okparanta, Chika Unigwe, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Romeo Oriogun, Helon Habila, Jude Dibia, Ayobami Adebayo, Leye Adenle, and Elnathan John. Kenya: Yvonne Owuor and Abdilatif Abdallah. From South Africa: Zukiswa Wanner, Niq Mhlongo, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Pumla Gqola. Uganda: Jennifer Makumbi, Clementine Ewokolo Burnley, Nick Makoha, and Musa Okwonga. DR Congo: JJ Bola. From Zimbabwe: Brian Chikwava and Linda Gabriel. Ghana: Jessica Horn. Germany: Maroula Blades. Source: Brittle Paper