YELF Creative Writing Workshop – Deadline 14th September 2018

YELF Workshop

The YELF Creative Writing Workshop will consist of intensive creative and editorial workshops that will be organized every year. These workshops will be run by established writers/editors and aim to impart editing and writing skills to carefully and meritoriously selected attendees.

The workshop will alternate yearly in the following stratified genres/fields:

1.      Prose (Fiction)

2.      Prose (Nonficiton)

3.      Poetry

4.      Drama/Playwriting

5.      Translation (Hausa/English Translations)

We expect to work with emerging writers with a sustained writing past but that are yet to publish a full length book at no expense to the participants.

We will only be able to accommodate 10 participants, so applicants are required to submit a maximum of 700 words of their best fiction writing.

Closing date for applications is 14 September 2018. If successful, participants will receive confirmation by 17 September 2018.

To apply send an e-mail to info@yasminfoundation.orgYour email subject should read “YELF Creative Writing Workshop 2018”.

The body of the e-mail should contain following:

1. Your Name

2. A short bio not more than 200 words with relevant publishing history.

3. An unpublished prose fiction writing sample of not more than 700 words written in English and submitted twice in word format.  One sample submitted with your name on it and the other without.

4. Your availability to travel between 24th-30th September 2018 and other dates after being given prior notice.

Your sample of work must be included as an attachment in your mail. Applications not following the rules will automatically be disqualified. The working language of the workshop is English.

Selection process:

Applicants will be selected by a panel appointed by Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation. The panel’s decision will be final and non-appealable.

Deadline for submission is September 14, 2018. Only those accepted will be notified by September 17, 2018. Details regarding dates of  workshop will  be communicated upon approval  of participation.



Abuja comes alive with the Abuja Writers Forum’s Abuja Literary Festival scheduled for June 28-30 2018 at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja. Themed ‘Telling Our Stories in the 21st Century’, the festival will feature book chats, exhibitions, film shows, performances, master classes and other literary events to spice up the artmosphere.

This is the second edition of the festival which premiered in November 2008 and will boast an array of amazing creatives like SEVHAGE’s very own Professor Dul Johnson (yaaaaay!), Professor Zaynab Alkali, Professor Idris Amali, superstar director Ishaya Bako, the talented Carlton Lindsay Barrett (who is also the father of A. Igoni Barrett), ANA Legal Adviser and multiple award winning dramatist Isaac Attah Ogezi, my person Theresa Ameh (aka Auntie Talatu), the beautifully talented Sifa Asani Gowon, novel pro/legal star Edify Yakusak, the illustrator Mustapha Bulama, of course Dr. Emman Shehu (AWF President), Mike Ekunno…to mention a few. Okay, to mention a few others that I know: Domitila Sa’adatu Modesti, Dr. Al-Bishak, Dr. Onyebuchi James Ile, Blossom Ozurumba, the poetic trio of Olumide Olaniyan, Amina Aboje, Sodiq Alabi, Chido Onumah, Jamaine Abidogun, Ibrahim Sheme (famed journalist), Wole Coker (ED Programmes of NTA).

I will probably be moderating one of the sessions. You would want to catch me there. 🙂

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Believe….in YOU

Bunmi's Space

You are god.

Broken and beautiful,

Heart out, reaching for praise

Seeking worship and asking to be adored,

But you are forgotten, ignored by the life that you feed all ages.

You are god.
Creature and creating,

The hopeless and the rejected are your clay,

Life and invention is in chaos, wrecks and shard,

But your wounds are reopened by their acerbic edges.

You are god.
Determined and deciding,

Giver of second and extra chances,

Silently willing them to choose abundance, the world,

But you are left with doors unopened and untested paths.

You are god.

Escaping and embracing,

Love defines you, it is who you are,

The sea, the wind, all depth and vastness, far reaching too,

But your strength espouses your weakness, it is who you are.

You are god.
Filled and fulfilling,

Clear visions and prophetic pronouncements

You know the end from the beginning, you are perfect,

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Highly Sensitive People’s Guide to Effectively Managing Conflict

Made me laugh and taught me a couple of things. Plus, Victoria writes really well. Follow her blog and thank me later. 🙂

🌹Victoria's Bubble Blog

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It’s no coincidence that many writers are highly sensitive people (HSP).

They are typically creative, empathic and highly intuitive. It is therefore no surprise that writing comes easy to HSP’s; it is the safest channel to freely express themselves without the fear of direct confrontation.

In general, HSPs are more aware of and affected by external stimuli than non-HSPs. They are often empaths, meaning they possess a keen ability to sense others’ feelings, needs, and insecurities. HSPs have rich inner worlds and, as a result, tend to internalise things more deeply : from social interactions to physical, to emotional and visual sensations.

The downside to this is that HSPs can easily become overwhelmed. Criticism can be hard to swallow, as not everyone communicates with the same thoughtfulness as HSPs.

Because high sensitivity is widely misunderstood, the behavior of HSPs can frustrate others. Being highly sensitive doesn’t make a person weak, but…

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Every day rises with a pain
Sometimes deep, at other times just plain
Absence in that missing part of the soul
We are never whole
And wake up each day, nursing the hole
That our missed rib strikes into our heartsR2-on-a-cloud

Continue reading “FOREVER AND AGAIN (A LOVE POEM)”


Facebook Poems and Blogs are Rubbish but also pads!

Well, poetry speaks to us in many ways and comes to us in different ways. It is that place where there are many of us rushing in, especially with this whole advent of the social media. Now, while a lot of people have argued and bashed people who write so-called bad poetry on their blogs and spaces like Facebook, I’ve told these ‘critics’ to cool down. We are simply moving with the times. No writer should be judged for such posts. The only time when such a person should be judged is when the poem has been put into a book. So to say, when the poet has declared it final.


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I STAND BEFORE THE EARTH (A Father’s Poem) by Su’eddie Vershima Agema

The sands of Mbanor kiss my feet
As my eyes behold mounds of my past
Thinking of my present as I bury the future

I am at a door in my head
Yesterday a lasting now
Where my will fights convention
Rather than strike at folly
I let my rod slip and take a feather
To tickle correction into my ward
Urging him away from the troubled waters
In which he swims

I find troubles crowd back
And pull him in as he sinks deeper
My feather a stone tied to his feet

I stand before the earth
Fresh sands slipping through my fingers
A glass of fate’s misfortune to my lips as I sip sorrow
Cursing convention

I take a rod to close the door to his memory

Where pain sits astride a father’s loss.


Proverbs 13:24



Happy Father’s Day to all the beautiful fathers out there and to those mothers who are more fathers than a million others.

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building memories by su’eddie vershima agema

i build memory
one block tenderly placed on another
of love and disaster; right steps and wrong songs
time cementing each with sorrows savoured, lessons learnt

slowly, materials disintegrate
shattering what once was me

the years wither to dust
and I am left to start building afresh
lost in sands that have become my now




  • Su’eddie Vershima Agema (First published in Ake Review 2016)