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Abuja evening of literary flavours


Prof. Zaynab Alkali (left); founder of Abuja Writers Forum (AWF), Dr. Emman Shehu and Ecuadorean Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Leopoldo Verdesoto during the raffle draw at Guest Writers Session last Saturday… in Abuja

One immediate reaction summed up the Guest Writer Session of June 24 at the Aso Hall of Nanet Suites, Abuja, and it was in the words of Francisca Shekwoaga, “an amazing evening!”

Indeed, from the opening chords of the first musical interlude and the presentation on Contemporary Ecuadorean Literature by Ambassador Leopoldo Verdesoto, it was obvious this was going to be an evening of delightful literary flavours. Zaynab Alkali added ger own touch by talking through aspects of her new novel Invisible Borders, while Edith Yassin read a short story, ‘When I Liked Soccer’ by Raul Perez Torres, the Ecuadorean Minister for Culture.

Then there was the raffle draw for books and the cutting of the AWF ninth anniversary cake. Not to forget the four awards given to Zaynab Alkali (Certificate of Excellence), Leopoldo Verdesoto (Appreciation), Emeka Oparah (Excellence) and Dave Adzer (Appreciation).


And then the icing on the cake, as the Ambassador announced that the Embassy would sponsor a collection of short stories featuring Nigerian and Ecuadorian writers, to be co-edited by Zaynab Alkali and Ric Segreda. Event over and people still milled around as though to rewind and do it all over again. That would have to be on July 29, when the next Guest Writer Session holds.

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