EKITI ANA, FUOYE TO HOST WALE OKEDIRAN
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Ekiti State Chapter in conjunction with the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has set aside Thursday February 16, 2017 to host the former ANA National President, Dr. Wale Okediran as the Guest Writer for her February 2017 Monthly Reading.
According to the State Coordinator and Scribe of ANA Ekiti Chapter, Akogun Tai Oguntayo and Dr. Olumide Ogunrotimi respectively, the event will take place in the University Auditorium at 2pm prompt. The reading which will take place immediately after the state’s first ANA Convention where new leaders will emerge to steer the ship of the State Chapter for the next two years is expected to be attended by writers, scholars and literary enthusiasts within and outside Ekiti State.
The Chief Host will be the Vice Chancellor of FUOYE, Professor Kayode Soremekun while the current ANA National President, Mr Denja Abdullahi will be the Chief Guest of Honour.
Dr. Wale Okediran, a multiple award winning author of many novels is also the founder of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, Iseyin, Oyo State. His highly acclaimed novel, Tenants of the House was co-winner of the 2012 Wole Soyinka African Literature Prize while his latest collection of short stories, Keepers of the Tribe was recently released by Nelson Publishers PLC.
Speaking on the decision of FUOYE to host the event, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun said; ‘’apart from our resolve to encourage the dwindling reading culture among our students, it is also our determination to put FUOYE on the front burner of academic excellence in Nigeria. One of the ways to achieve this is to collaborate with a viable and educative organisation such as ANA which is a non- political and non- religious organization.’’
The Association of Nigerian Authors with Chapters in 32 states of the country was established in 1981 at the University of Nigeria Nsukka by renowned author and scholar, Professor Chinua Achebe who was the association’s first National President.
Some of the association’s past National Presidents are Professor Femi Osofisan, Professor Kole Omotoso, Odia Ofeimun, Abubakar Gimba, Professor Olu Obafemi, Dr. Wale Okediran, Dr. Jerry Agada and Professor Remi Raji among others.