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Alkali, Ecuadorian Ambassador for June Guest Writer Session



The June 24 Guest Writer for Abuja Writers Forum (AWF) is Prof. Zaynab Alkali. She will feature alongside the Ecuadorian Ambassador, Mr. Leopoldo Rovayo Verdesoto and David Adzer. Alkali, born in Tura-Wazila in Borno State, is considered the first major female novelist from Northern Nigeria. Her latest novel, Invisible Borders, narrates the reunion of Sam and Safia after years of separation. Presented through the thoughts of Safia, the story unfolds as an exploration of friendship, love, betrayal and sacrifice.

The Guest Writer Session holds at the Aso Hall of Nanet Suites, Central Business District, Abuja, also features a raffle-draw for books, and runs from 4-7pm.

Her previous novels are Stillborn, The Virtuous Woman, The Descendants and The Initiates. Alkali is a professor of Literature at Nassarawa State University; she is the chairperson of the governing board of National Library of Nigeria.


Verdosoto is the First Ambassador of Ecuador to Nigeria. A career diplomat, he has previously done tours of duty in Peru and Spain. He will give a talk on contemporary Ecudorian literature. Although Ecuador has produced some great writers, the authors are not widely known outside the country when compared to other writers from Latin America. Many of the works are in Spanish and have not been translated and this accounts for the lack of wider appreciation outside Latin America.

As usual, the Guest Writer Session will have live music interludes and this month it is the turn of songwriter and guitarist, David Adzer.

The Abuja Writer’s Forum also runs a weekly Citique Session and a Creative Writing Workshop series.

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