By BENJAMIN NJOKU
KCee, the Limpopo crooner would headline this year’s Literary Evening as the 2013 edition of the Creative Writing Workshop sponsored by Nigerian Breweries draws to a close this Friday at the Lagos Oriental Hotel. The event facilitated by Chimamanda Adichie, Nigeria’s celebrated international writer and Farafina Trust would bring together great writers from Nigeria and overseas in an evening of book reading and fun.
Amongwriters expected at the event outside ChimamandaAdichie are; Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina; who in July 2002 won the Caine Prize for his short story “Discovering Home”. He is the founding Editor of Kwani , the first literary magazine in East Africa since Transition Magazine. Binyavanga is currently a Bard Fellow and the director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Literature and Languages at Bard College.
AslakSiraMyhre; a Norwegian politician and former party leader of Red Electoral Alliance (RV) who left politics to become an executive director of !les, an association to stimulate children and youth to read more. He is the director for the House of Literature in Oslo which opened in 2007 and is Europe’s largest and has more than 250,000 visits annually. Eghosa Imasuen;a Nigerian writer and medical doctor and author of “Fine Boys”. Eghosa’s first novel “To Saint Patrick” was published by Farafina in 2008.
The 10 day workshop which takes the form of a class where participants are assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises is aimed at helping Nigerian writers improve their craft as well as encourage budding writers to embrace new and refreshing perspectives in the art of storytelling.
The workshop which began in 2009 is in its 5th season. Binyavanga Wainana who in 2007 declined the World Economic Forum“Young Global Leader” award given to people for “their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world” has been part of the workshop since 2009.Other writers who have participated in the workshop and Literary Evening include Jeffery Renard Allen, Robert Spillman, Ama Ata Aidoo, and Chika Ike.The organisers say the event promises to be an exciting one.