Festival of creativity and renewal at Abraka
Students of Delta State University, Abraka, will, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, take steps to deepen their quest for creative writing and other artistic engagement, when the Creative Writers Workshop of the Department of English holds its maiden Festival of Creativity and Renewal. Headlining the festival will be poet and essayist, Mr. Odia Ofeimun, poet and stylistic expert, Prof. Niyi Osundare, and poet and politician, Dr. Ogaga Ifowodo among others.
Designed to further stimulate creativity, imaginative dreaming and renewal of Nigerian cultural and political consciousness, the festival is woven around the seminal endeavours of the revolutionary folklorist, Professor G.G. Darah, the prolific playwright, Professor Sam Ukala (all of DELSU’s Faculty of Arts), and the universally acclaimed poet, Professor Tanure Ojaide. The festival will not only celebrate the literary and scholarly proficiency of the three icons but also afford aspiring writers and artistes the opportunity to display their evolving artistic talents through staging of plays, poetry presentation, cultural performances, musical renditions, comedic acts, arts exhibition, among other creative endeavours.
Highlights of the festival will be the investiture of patrons and matrons of the creative club - Professors Temi Akporhonor and (Mrs.) Grace Ugwu of DELSU, Abraka. Also to be made patron and matron are the 2014 joint winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) prize for poetry, Ebi Yeibo, and Miss Matilda Eyituoyo Ovie-Jack of Delta State School of Marine Technology, Burutu.
The event, which will be chaired by the Deputy General Manager, Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri. Dr. Godwin Orhodavwe, will take place at the second 750-lecture theatre (LT), university’s permanent site at 10:00am. It will have as keynote speaker, author of The Poet Lied, Ofeimun, while Osundare and Ifowodo will be guests of honour and Head of Department, English and Literary Studies, Dr. Sunny Awhefeada, will serve as chief host.
• Comrade Ajiri-Oghene Oreh and Ovokaeme Okpako are students of Department of English and Literary Studies, DELSU, Abraka