Sakawa, Obi-Obasi, Ovuru for Ebedi Writers’ Residency in January
Since January 9, 2015, three female writers arrived for the January to February 2015 edition of the Ebedi Writers Residency Programme in Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Leading the pack is Ugandan Writer, Nakigaze Sakawa who arrived the residency from Kampala, Uganda on Friday January 9 2014. Sakawa holds a Diploma in Guidance and Counselling and is the author of Never Too Late and Summoning the Rains, two short story anthologies of different women’s experiences, as well as The Butterfly Dance, a combination of poetry and art anthology for children. She has also written for online magazines like Start journal, in4uganda, Neutral Magazine and The Monitor. In 2012, Sakawa facilitated a creative writing workshop among secondary school students in Uganda on novel writing.
Obi-Obasi, a well known Abuja-based lawyer and children’s writer has published three children’s books, The Brave Driver, The Faithful Dog and The Great Fall, which was on the Short List of that year’s NNLG Literature Prize, while her short stories have been featured in newspapers/anthologies (Camouflage) and (Eko O nibaje). In 2011 The Change won the ANA/Lantern prize. Obasi, who is the current National Financial Secretary for the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), will be spending her time in Ebedi to complete work on another children’s book Chijike.
The third writer Timi-Nipre Ovuru is a young writer, freelance/features journalist, poet and founder of Mangrove House Publishers. She also had her school project, a play, Abiku published and staged. She presently writes a travelogue for Lockers magazine. Ovuru is also the author of Cyclamens and Words from My Fathers. She will be spending her time in Ebedi to complete a short story collection, The Butterflies in My Stomach.