at the last moment (we would find the warmth)
tormenting tides would wane
the storms shall cease
the floods finally fade
our rainbow would spread…
however sleep fared
life’s dream would kiss you
as the rays bless more
wake to stimulating smiles
come to the hearth then
the ghost would have found fires
and the spirit would’ve warmed our homes
no holes then dear, we would have a long lasting laugh. amen.
(From Home Equals Holes: Tale of an Exile – Joint Winner Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize 2014)
No matter where you are, hang on to hope, smile. In our deepest despair, the bleakest night, there come’s a light to repair it all and make it worth the wait. Have faith. Merry Christmas guys- and lovely ladies. SVA
The Abuja Writers Forum continues with its Guest Writer Session on 24th November, 2018 at the Fountain Hall of Nanet Suites from 4pm to 7pm. The guests in focus for November are Madeline Agoba and Chiemezie Onqubalili. The session, which is open to the public, will feature entertaining readings, live music and a raffle-draw for books, amongst other fun literary stuff.
Madeline will be reading from her debut publication, Ahmadu Bello, which is mash of fiction and fact based on the life of the Saurdana Sokoto and first Premier of the Northern Region of Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello. I had spoken to her some time back and was impressed with what she had in mind on the project. We were talking to see if we could agree on terms for publishing the work but that did not work out. From what I believe, the book is researched, and a fusion of passion by someone who loves stories plus telling them. Madeline wants to ensure that history is not lost and that somehow people will embrace them through the medium of entertaining reenactment of the past. If you want to know more about the book or just want to have fun, you should come around to the AWF GWS.
Chiemezie Onwubalili, on the other hand, is an economist and prominent member of the Abuja Writers Forum. He started writing as a means of release after some personal crises. After some adventures including dumping a financial blog where he would advice on incredible investments while he barely had anything in his account, Chiemezie decided to go the route of simply telling tales. Sometimes, tall tales. He also resorted to building websites and building people, through the art of fiction. No cause for hypocrisy there, right? 🙂 He will be reading selected works of his at the AWF GWS November 2018.
The Abuja Writers’ Forum has remained consistent with their activities which include literary contests, readings, the Guest Writer Session, and so much more. The Abuja Writers’ Forum ‘Guest Writer Session’ takes place every last Saturday of the month at Nanet Suites from 4pm to 7pm. It is open to the general public and features sessions with readings from guest authors; music; questions and answers with the authors; and a raffle draw for fantastic prizes. The Forum also has critique sessions every Sunday except for the last Saturday of the week.
For more information on the event or on the Abuja Writers Forum, kindly contact Edith Yassin on 08092227705 or send a mail to email@example.com. You can visit the website, http://www.abujawriters.com.
*This piece was done for a session on cultivating wholeness and was shared in a group where other international students felt the narrative resonate with theirs. I’m telling because it needs to be told that our presence and bodies in spaces matter, regardless of other actors or narratives.*
I thought about what to write for my spiritual reflection and this was the only thing that stayed on my mind longer than the others. I hope that writing and reflecting on this helps me cultivate wholeness and a sense or awareness of self that will help me be better, both for me and in my vocation.
I think about the many emotions that I experience as I go through a day and I think my body is just amazing by still holding itself up. I think about navigating spaces as a black African* student with an accent and how different people…
The submission window for the 2019 Prize is open and will close on the 1st of December 2018. The K & L Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (1000 – 2000 words). This is only eligible to African writers living in Africa, ages 18 – 25.
Often when we are in a position, we fail to see how far we have come. It is often the case that when a man is climbing a mountain and looks down, he does not appreciate the heights he has attained but is afraid of what would happen if he falls.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I was shortlisted for The ANA Prize for Children’s Literature for my book, Once upon a village tale! Yaaaaaay! The book is a collection of stories tied together by a running thread which is a father telling children these tales on a village night. The idea is to capture in book form some of the stories that I had been told as a child. We are growing so fast we have forgotten some of those fine tales which helped us grow. Those told us by our fathers and mothers. You should work towards getting one soon. I had so much fun working on it, since I got to sing and dance while ensuring the songs and stories inside would be lively enough to read to my target audience – children and those young at heart, everyone who wants to keep a piece of our culture.
If you are interested in getting big bucks and fame from your writing, this might just be the chance… Welcome everyone! The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2019 is here and seeks your submission. The window opened on the first of September and will on the the first of November, 2018. That’s right, the window closes on November 1, 2018 so why don’t you use the air before it closes out and you curse. 🙂
I don’t come here too often but don’t worry, I am still around. So, I will be reading from three of my multiple award winning collections of short stories and poetry at the Abuja Literary Society Book Jam on 31st August 2018. Venue is Sandralia Hotel, Jabi, Abuja.