Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA has concluded plans to hold its 2015 National Convention in Kaduna State from Tuesday, September 29th through October 1st.
The convention which is a yearly event is aimed at looking critically into some of the new developments in contemporary literature as well as issues bordering literature and indigenous language.
This year’s convention which has the theme: ‘The Local and Global Textures of New Nigerian Writing’ is opened for literature writers, authors, critics, scholars and patrons from different zones of the country.
The keynote address will be delivered by, Prof. Harry Garuba of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Last year’s convention was held in Ibadan, Akure in 2013 and Uyo in 2012. Now it is back to the Northern part of the country.
According to the National Publicity Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Richard Ali “Nigerian writing has come of age. Away from the internationally celebrated Chimamandas, the Helon Habilas, even newer writers are winning awards and recognition continent-wide. Adeeko Ibukun won Africa’s only poetry prize, the BN Poetry Award, in Kampala last week. Pemi Aguda won the Writivism Short story prize given by Uganda’s Centre for African Cultural Excellence a few months back.
“Both wins are a decent $1000 each. The Association of Nigerian Authors, as the foremost and the biggest writers’ organisation in Nigeria is the custodian of Nigerian writing and the Nigerian intellectual argument. The Remi Raji’ administration has done its best to promote Nigerian writers. We are also expecting Prof. Pius Adesanmi, Toyin Falola and J. O. J. Nwachukwu-Agbada and others.” Ali said.
Other activities for the convention according to Ali are the presentations by the ANA Kaduna State Chapter and ANA national executive council meeting as well as writers excursions around special sites in Kaduna and environs.
There will equally be a daily presentation of writer’s performances comprising new works, drama, colloquiums to entertain the audience every evening throughout the duration of the convention.
He also disclosed that the local organising committee of the convention, led by Kaduna ANA Chairman US Smith Adawa and Friday John Abba, has made all necessary arrangement to ensure that Kaduna 2015 convention remains a memorable event.
Ali said:”We at the national body are supervising eve preparation. And we are confident Kaduna will deliver a memorable convention and a fitting swan song for the Remi Raji administration whose final term ends this year.
“More than twenty five chapters of ANA all over the country will be at the event. All the delegates are carefully selected, ensuring that every type of the write body, various kinds of writers, authors and patrons from all parts of Nigeria are adequate represented and we expect an average of fifteen delegates from each of our twenty five chapters to be in Kaduna, said Ali.”

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