Nigerian Breweries PLC, has unfolded a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) project.
The latest dimension is sponsorship of creative writing workshop which the company has disbursed
N 7 million to Farafina Trust, to hold a creative writing workshop in Lagos where 25 participants will be groomed on the art of writing so that they can becomeÂ future Nobel laureates in literature.
Currently, the company sponsors the annual National Reading Competition which has rekindled the culture of reading amongst the youths. National Arts Competition, an initiative that has been promoting visual arts across the country, the Golden Pen Award for Journalists, including water schemes project through which boreholes are provided for different communities nationwide.
â€œI am happy to announce that we have expanded the scope of our CSR operations to now include literary skills development. We are gathered here today to witness a formalization of our multi-year partnership with the Farafina Trust which will help to discover talented writers in Nigeria,â€ said Michiel Herkemij, MD/CEO Nigerian Breweries PLC.
Presenting the cheque to the Creative Director of Farafina Trust, Ms. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,Herkemij stated : â€œWe have always been at the vanguard of championing causes that add value to the society because of our belief that businesses should not operate in a vacuum, but are rather an integral part of the community. In this wise, we have been supporting a number of laudable community-related projects through our robust CSR policies which are driven by the theme â€œConnecting with the Community.â€
Adichie, an award-winning writer of international repute and author of Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and The Thing Around Your Neck, disclosed that herself and the following eminent guest writers will serve as facilitators during the ten-day workshop scheduled for September 17- 26 .
They include the Caine Prize-winner, Binyavanga Wainaina, author of Discovering Home, and the PEN/ Faulkner Malamud award-winning writer, Nathan Englander, author of For The Relief of Unbearable Urges. The Guardian fiction Prize winning author of Trumpet, Jackie Kay and Booker nominated English author of Notes on a Scandal, Zoe Heller, are the other facilitators expected at the workshop.