NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT INITIATES ANOTHER ARTS DEVELOPMENT AGENDA IN THE STATE

Posted: August 18, 2014 in NEWS
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Map of Nigeria (Red coloured area is Niger State)

Map of Nigeria (Red coloured area is Niger State)

By Bilkisu AbdulAziz Abarah (PRO- Niger State Book Agency)

Nigerian writers and artist(e)s in Niger State got three types of support from the Governor of Niger State; Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, last week when he approved the publication of works by the following new writers (marked ‘n’) plus some established ones for 2014. It is tagged Minna Literary Series:  
1. FODIO AHMED (THIRST) POETRY – n
2. THEODORA GALADIMA (THE OUTSIDER) NOVELLA – n
3. DEBORAH OLUNIRAN (EWA) NOVELLA – n
4. HAUWA SHAFI’I (EMPTY CALABASH) NOVELLA – n
5. KHADIJAH ABDULKADIR (SHADOWS OF WITNESSES) PLAY – n
6. DANIEL IBIKITAN (THE WIND-CHASER) POETRY – n
7. NANA AISHA (NABEELAH) NOVELLA – n
8. HADIZA ISMAIL (HALO) NOVELLA – n
9. MARYAM MANKO (RED FACE) POETRY – n
10. MERCY ADAMS (NOT MINE TO HOLD) POETRY – n
11. HABIBA ABUBAKAR (THE COMING FAMINE) CHILDREN’S STORIES – n
12. YUNUSA MUSA (MC) (WHISPERS FROM THE NEIGHBOURHOOD) PLAY – n
13. KHADIJAH ABDULLAHI (GREEN AIR) POETRY – n
14. HUSSAINI YUSUF KODO (THE FAKE ALHAJI) CHILDREN’S STORY
15. TERFA DANJUMA NENGER (BOILING WATERS) POETRY
16. B.M NAGIDI (DIARY OF A CHAMELEON) NOVELLA 
17. HALIMA ALIYU (THE BEAUTIFUL BOY) NOVELLA -n
18. ZAYNAB MANKO (COASTAL SOUL) POETRY – n
19. LITTLE THINKERS (A BOOK OF INTERVIEWS) HILLTOPART TEEN AUTHORS
20. MARYAM BOBI (BONGEL) NOVELLA -n
21. NMAHASSAN (THE EMPTY CAGE) CHILDREN’S STORY
22. MUHIBB ASLU (WATER-LICKING FIRE) POETRY – n
23. ALAMEEN SHEIKH (THE FLIGHT TO ABYSINIA) PLAY
24. NATHANIEL DAVID (LEADERSHIP AND THE YOUTH) ESSAY – n  

The Minna Literary Series is to create a platform for young writers in Niger State to horn their talents. The series will also develop a concrete reading culture in the state; a reading public that will trigger the flourishing of creativity, innovativeness and inventions that will bring about development in the society. The Literary Series will be an annual scheme in the state which shall comprise of writers resident in Niger State so as to saturate the immediate environment with books. It will be recalled that, the Nigerian Writers Series (under ANA National) endowed by the governor is currently at completion stage.  

Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu (Governor of Niger State, Nigeria)

Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Governor of Niger State, Nigeria)

Similarly, the governor has approved the construction of a Multi-media Unit for the promotion of film related activities, and Minna Art Gallery at the Niger State Book Development Agency.  
The Gallery is an artistic structure that will be used for the training and exhibition of art works as a medium of life-renewal and aesthetic bonding of the human heart with sense of good for a better humanity. The Multimedia Centre will provide optimal film related services including editorial, content development, scripting and other professional needs for the promotion of a flourishing indigenous film industry in the State.  
Also, the 2014 MBA International Literary Colloquium got its approval from the governor. It comes up from 10th – 12th November, 2014. This year’s Colloquium will run for two days; Pre-colloquium day (for commissioning of Multimedia and Arts Gallery) and the Colloquium proper which will have in attendance notable writers from home and abroad, literary critics, social activists, politicians, students and academics across the nation to grace the event. This year’s theme is Literature Culture and Social Re-engineering for National Development. Scholars, writers, creative performers and literary journalists from across the country would grace the occasion.  
2014 colloquium will feature a pre-colloquium lecture with the theme: Post Centenary Nigeria: New Literatures, New Leaders, New Nation to be presented by Professor Pius Adesanmi of the University of Carleton, Canada. There will also be an Interactive session on Literature, Creative writing, Leadership and Democracy among students, writers and politicians. Nigerian writers remain grateful to Prof. Mohammed Kuta Yahaya who facilitated all of the above.

Lyriversity — Liberty of Creativity

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Comments
  1. Anene Francis says:

    Heartwarming development. Kudos to the initiators and executors.

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