Of prizes, canons at ANA convention
This year, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) is headed for Makurdi, Benue State, for its International Convention. The body of writers’ president, Mallam Denja Abdullahi, is upbeat about this year’s convention, as there will be a flag-off of A-Book-A-Child campaign by the key facilitator and wife of Imo State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Nneoma Rochas Okorocha, the presentation of a book arising out of Arrow of God@50 Celebration, which took place in 2014, award of fellowship to three distinguished members of the association – Prof. Sam Ukala, Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo and Prof. Idris Amali and an investiture of two new patrons of the association – the host governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom and Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso of the House of Representatives.
On the theme, ‘Canons, Prizes and Boundaries: African Writers and Writings in World Literature,’ Abdullahi said, “We decided to go with the current re-appraisal of the issue of canonization of books and writers in world literature as it affects African writers. We also want to address the politics of literary prizes the world over and how that has affected, whether positively or negatively, what African writers write. To what purpose and for which audience do our writers write today? Are there boundaries yet to be crossed with literature being written today within the continent of Africa and beyond? All these questions are what we want to find possible answers to with the choice of the theme.
“We have a competent and highly committed scholar from Northern Nigeria academia to lead the discourse in the person of Prof. Saleh Abdu Kwami, who is the current Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Gombe State University, Tudun Wada, where he is on Sabbatical. Kwami was Head, Department of English and Literary Studies, Bayero University, Kano. He has been delivering thoughtful pieces in the Nigerian literary conference circuit and we are sure he is going to deliver like Prof. Isidore Diala did last year.”
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