Do you want to take your writing to the next level? … Well, Makurdi is the destination and the Benue Book and Arts Festival (June 20 to 22, 2019) is the occasion.
THREE WORKSHOPS – And you can apply for any or ALL of them!
1. If you are interested in any of the writing workshops (Fiction with Abubakar Adam Ibrahim; Spoken Word with Efe Paul Azino; Poetry with Chuma Nwokolo), kindly send us an email saying why you would want to attend the workshop and then a sample of your work (a piece of fiction not more than 2,000 words for the fiction workshop; a poem that is not longer than 40 lines for poetry; and an audio recording or video for the spoken word workshop) to email@example.com. Kindly ensure you have the subject written as ‘Interest for [Genre] Workshop.’ Don’t forget to include your name, your address and phone number. Those selected for the workshops will have to pay N2,000 for the workshop.
2. If you are interested in the SEVHAGE Literary Competition for those aged 18-35 in poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction and poetry for secondary schools; visit HERE. Competition opens 13th May and closes 26th May, 2019.
3. If you have any inquiries, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +2347030285995 or +2347037724292. To know about accommodation or general information on the Benue Book and Arts Festival, please click HERE.
To register FREE for the FESTIVAL, please click HERE.
S. Su’eddie Vershima Agema and Otene Ogwuche
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP FACILITATORS
Efe Paul Azino is one of Nigeria’s leading spoken word poets. He is a literature promoter and culture influencer. He has also been regarded as one who has “played a pivotal part in lifting the words from the page and giving them life” in the Nigerian spoken word performance space. He is the founder and director of the Lagos International Poetry Festival and the director of poetry at the annual Lagos Book and Art Festival. He has performed in Nigeria and several foreign countries, to great acclaim.
Chuma Nwokolo is one of Africa’s finest story tellers and poets. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Diaries of a Dead African and more recently, The Extinction of Menai. Chuma is a founder of the BribeCode, a nationwide campaign to eradicate corporate corruption by adopting the bill the Corporate Corruption Act, which he devised and presented to the National Assembly in 2015. He remains a leading voice on the African literary scene.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a multiple award winning writer and journalist. He has won prizes including the BBC African Performance Prize and the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. His short story collection, The Whispering Trees (Parresia Publishers, 2012) was long-listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014. The title story was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013. His Season of Crimson Blossoms (Parresia Publishers, 2016) won the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2016. Abubakar is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015). He was listed by the Hay Festival in the Africa39 list of the most promising sub-Sahara African writers under the age of 40. He judged the Writivism Short Story Prize in 2014 and was a judge for the Short Story Day Africa Prize and the Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize in 2015.