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“Slowly slowly the streams gather
Little by little a sea formed
Then the shoreline recedes further
And soon your home becomes a pond

“Yet if faith bid you leave that glen
For the hilltop, to seek a home
Perhaps you shall find among men
Another glen, to call your own.”

–The Journey of the Soul

There are times when the prospects of change confront a man. The raging waves rise their ugly heads and the tempest rocks the little boat of faith, of hope, of life, and at that moment a man must decide whether to continue with the status quo – on the clearly defined route, upon that well charted course, or whether to depart from the familiar into the deep unexplored blue of the sea.

My time at Lyriversity had been one of learning and teaching, trials and errors, mistakes and corrections, but all in all I acquired the very fundamental effect of knowledge which is that of power, the power to choose wisely, to be better, to influence, to stand out against the tempest and the raging sea with a clear head, head free from illusion and say in an unshakeable voice: “QUIET”, and then to proceed so to speak like in the time of Christ as if the noise, the confusion and controversy are no more.

I started out on this platform with many a comrades, and we have managed to do amazing things together, to carve out a microscopic niche (but a niche all the same) for ourselves. But often times I had found myself on the crossroad, like I did these last few weeks and like Kwesi Brew wrote in his poem (The Mesh):

“I must either leave or come with [Lyriversity].
I [have] lingered over the choice
But in darkness of my doubts
[Knowledge which I’ve acquired here] lifted the lamp of [Clarity]
And I saw in [her] face
The road that I must take.”

And unfortunately the road leads no longer to Lyriversity (for now). This has not been an easy decision for me. I have tarried upon this choice, dragged my feet along the outlines of its frame, prayed and fasted, before I decided upon it. Lyriversity will always have a special place in my heart, she is my first love, the one upon whose guidance I learnt to crawl, to stand and to run.

The reason/s for leaving Lyriversity are a bit personal, and some who are quite in sync with the development of this group know much about it. I shall not spill it upon this page, it is far from my intention really. I feel that it is better to row straight on to the deep beyond than to row head on to a sure and approaching hurricane…yes a hurricane that has been brewing and will surely blow its fury upon us all in the future.

I have now opened with the help of some literary friends a new group which we call: INK FIFTEEN (INK15). We now have a blog: Ink15 and we intend to improve upon ourselves and the lofty objectives of Lyriversity.

Ink15 Logo

Ink15 Logo

I do not write out of bitterness, I do not write to slander and to savage, no no I write to inform and to appeal to our ardent followers that the dream we all share still lives on but alas not on Lyriversity. It is now very much alive on INK15 – Imagine the Impossible. Perhaps like Rudyard Kipling wrote in his poem (IF):

“If. . .
You can watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings. . .
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man…”

We shall be all men…INK15

Okoye Chukwudi Ezeamalukwuo

Liberty of Creativity

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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