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Call for submissions: 2019 ANA Review

Deadline: Friday, 2nd August, 2019.
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has announced a call for submissions for the 2019 ANA Review. The ANA Review, published yearly by the ANA, is a journal that seeks to assess the pulse of contemporary Nigerian and African literary writing and critical discourse in the field.
All submissions for the 38th edition of ANA Review should be directed to the Association’s Editorial Board headed by the General Secretary. Submissions are expected in the following genres—
1]Poetry—No more than six poems per submission. 2]Prose—Short stories or fiction excerpts must be under 4,000 words. 3]Essays—Academic and literary essays on subjects related to literature, under 5,000 words 4]Drama—Skits only, under 3,000 words.
All submissions should be sent as MS Word attachments via email to:, and with the following details on the first page. 1]Name 2]Genre 3]State Chapter 4]Contact Address 5]Telephone

SIR ERIATA ORIBHABOR: The Merchant of Poetry

SIR ERIATA ORIBHABOR: The Merchant of Poetry
Sir Eriata Oribhabor is a prominent Nigerian poet, essayist, editor, social commentator, literary activist and Publisher at Something For Everybody Ventures (SFEV). A former Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Abuja Chapter, he is the President, Poets in Nigeria (PIN) Initiative.
A prolific writer, Oribhabor has authored several poetry collections including; Crossroads and The Rubicon, Beautiful Poisons, Eriata on Marble, Shifting Rides of Poetikness, Random Thoughts on Poetry, Walking Truths, That Beautiful Picture, and Colours and Borders. His forthcoming titles include Twenty Eighteen, Gud Old Naija, Under Construction, UnUnited Nations of Nigeria (White man, black hearts), You have the Stage, and Spoken Call respectively. As a foremost promoter of Naija Pidgin, he authored a book written in Naija Languej entitled – Abuja Na Kpangba an Oda Puem-Dem and edited an anthology of poems in the language entitled: If Yu…

Call for Applications: Techpoint Writer Bootcamp Nigeria

Deadline: June 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM (WAT).
If you are passionate about writing and looking to intern with a reputable media organization, the Techpoint Writer Bootcamp should be your destination. The Bootcamp, scheduled to hold from the 17th to 20th of July, 2019 is being organized by Techpoint Africa, a leading media platform based in Lagos, Nigeria that is dedicated to startups, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in Africa.
At the boot camp, 12 successful applicants will receive intensive, hands-on introduction to the world of tech journalism and operations of Techpoint Africa.
After the boot camp, 4 lucky writers will be offered a paid 6-month internship with Techpoint, with future work potential for the right candidates.
Eligibility Applicants must: Be able to communicate effectively through writing. Be at least 18 years-old by July 17, 2019 Be available for a 3-day stay-in bootcamp in Lagos Be able to work out of Techpoint’s Lagos office (not remotely) for the duration of the in…

Open call for Applications: New Arts New Audiences: British Council

Deadline: July 1, 2019
The British Council invites artistes, arts organizations and arts collectives in Sub-Saharan Africa to apply for its New Arts New Audiences Open Call and win up to £30,000 in project grants.
The New Arts New Audiences, #nAnA, seeks to support the creation of new art that reaches new audiences in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.
This call is going to be looking out for projects that showcase new art to 18 to 35-year-old audiences who haven’t experience your art before in the following art forms: architecture, design and fashion; film; music; dance and theatre; creative economy; cultural skills; literature; visual arts; and any combination of art forms.
Project grants can range from £5000 to £30,000. 
To apply click here

Arts Festival for Secondary Schools debuts in Minna

HIASFEST, a schools Arts Festival opens in Minna, Niger state, Nigeria today.
The 3-day Hadiza Ibrahim Aliyu Schools Festival (HIASFEST) would see secondary school students from across Niger state converging on the Idris Legbo Kutigi International conference Centre to express their creativity and compete for prizes in singing, painting, poetry, spoken word, short story, cultural dance, craft, and quiz. 

Winners will also be awarded tuition scholarships for undergraduate studies
A photography exhibition themed 'when the sky paints', by Nathan Galadima would feature on Saturday, 15 June, the closing day of the festival.  Named in memory of late Hajiya Hadiza Ibrahim Aliyu, the festival is organized by the Hill-top Creative Arts Foundation and sponsored by Alh. Bala Abdullahi Kwatu.

Call for entries: The Produire au Sud Nantes workshop 2019: Festival Des 3 Continents

Deadline: July 26, 2019 As the Festival des 3 Continents holds in Nantes, France later this year, within it is the Produire au Sud  workshop that would focus on the outline and structure of co-production within the film industry. The workshop aims to familiarize young professionals based in Africa, Latin America, and Asia with a variety of important tools and international co-production techniques by coaching individual projects in development.

Each year, the programme, which lasts 7 days, works with international and European film professionals as resource persons and workshop trainers. Film Producers from the 3 continents of Latin America, Africa, Asia are paired with a director who currently develops a feature fiction project.

The workshop will take place in Nantes, from November 18th to 24th, 2019.

Read all the selection criteria here before applying.

To submit your film project complete the online form here.

Call for Submissions: Masobe Books

Deadline: June 30, 2019
Masobe Books, a new publishing company in Nigeria is looking for good stories, compellingly told. The publisher is looking out for a combination of distinctive voice and a great narrative.
So if your story is exciting, new, and has the force to make hearts race then send an excerpt to Masobe Books.
All you need to know about submission is on this link.

Masobe Books launches operation, aims to revolutionize publishing in Nigeria

Friday June 6, 2019, Masobe Books, a new Nigerian publishing company formally announced the official launch of its business activities.
Operating from Lagos, Masobe Books prides itself as ‘a labour of love for Nigerian literature’. It dreams to support writers, significantly improve readership, and tackle and surmount the typical challenges in Nigerian literature which include poor distribution and marketing; mediocre production, and writers’ disillusionment with securing commensurate publication, reward, and exposure for their work. “As a writer and an avid reader, I have experienced these challenges personally,” says, Othuke Ominiabohs, Founder of Masobe Books. “So, I and a dedicated team of like-minded people decided to do something about them. We created Masobe Books, which is a platform to protect, project and promote our literature. We like to think of Masobe Books as a family. We believe that together as a collective — writers, readers, and publisher — we can surmount these chall…

Discourse: Literature as the Bridge for the Unity of Humanity ~ Emman Usman Shehu

A significant role of literature is that it enables us “make sense of ourexperiences…(and at the same time allows us) assign meaning and value to our lives.” 1 One way this has happened is by giving man the ability to create a story-world.

That story-world has been with mankind from the beginning of creation as an oral art before evolving into the textual format. The story-world of course is that universe which is a representation of the place where the human exists. It is not an Edenic place because man no longer lives in that Garden of perfection that has been long lost.

In the 17th Century, the English Poet John Milton wrote an Epic Poem called Paradise Lost. Milton based the ten-part poem “on the biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angelSatan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.” 2 Of course that represents a certain worldview.

This is what literature also does, it represents a worldview. But whatever the worldview that manifests,…

Call for Application: Saseni! Short Story Workshop by Hargeysa International Book Fair, Somaliland.

Deadline: June 8, 2019.
Workshop dates: 15-18 July 2019
Intermediate and established writers based on the African continent with an idea for a new short story that needs time, space and feedback to develop further are invited to apply for the Saseni!/Hargeysa International Book Fair four-day writing workshop focused on the short story form and facilitated by Nadifa Mohamed and Billy Kahora. Writers will have the opportunity for the stories they work on to be part of the first Saseni! anthology of short fiction which will be published by Huza Press in 2020.
The workshop will offer a series of daily sessions focused on craft, which will explore character, plot and writing’s relationship to place and language, as well as the practicalities of drafting, revising and editing. Writers will also have time each day to read short fiction and focus on their own writing. Each writer selected for the workshop will also have one-on-one tutorials with both of our two experienced workshop facilitators…

Book Review: Umar Abubakar Sidi's 'The Poet of Dust' as Meta-Poetry and the Quest for a Generation’s Manifesto ~ Paul Liam

Every generation of Nigerian poets has defined and conceptualized the ideological premise of its writings: from the oral opulence of Gabriel Okara’s generation to the Wole Soyinka-Christopher Okigbo's cultural consciousness and the demystification of colonial narratives of subjugation, to the Osundare-Ofeimum's social-marxist panegyrics of the dignity of the masses in a dystopian society, to the anti-despotic dirges or protest poetics of the military era, succinctly represents their distinct ideological forte. The older generation of writers conceived the functionality of literature beyond the aesthetics, of course, this doesn’t imply that aestheticism was relegated to background; they were able to consciously merged the two together, beauty and meaning. They instituted a leitmotif from one generation to another, reminiscent of the traditions of western literature: from the classical age, renaissance to the romantic and modernist periods respectively. These ideological differe…