Association gets N3m grant for ANA/Yusuf Ali literary campaign
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has secured funding for the eight year towards the ANA/Yusuf Ali nationwide literary awareness campaign. The association received the sum of N3 million on January 7, 2019 for this year’s project from the donor, Yusuf Ali (SAN), an Ilorin-based legal practitioner, author and philanthropist.
According to ANA Publicity Secretary (South), Wole Adedoyin, “the grant was first secured by the national executive of ANA in 2012 and all state chapters of the association received sub-grants of N150,000 at various times between 2012-2014 for local literary awareness campaigns involving secondary schools across the country.”
He continued, “in 2015, the grant was applied by the then national executive to host a workshop on fiction writing in Abuja in which about 25 students, drawn from tertiary institutions across the country via a competitive process, participated.”
He said, “in 2016, the Denja Abdullahi-led exco took the campaign a notch further by focusing on innovative campaign among tertiary institutions across the country through the state chapters.”
Chapters submitted proposals on envisaged activities based on which they were assessed and sub-grants finally awarded to 16 of them that met the requirements. The competitive process was introduced to ensure greater compliance to the overall project vision and to improve on the process of monitoring, evaluation and reportage of the implemented activities.
The grant was used in 2017 to publish three children’s literature titles under the Nigerian Writers Series (NWS), which have been distributed to chapters of ANA nationwide to power ANA’s A-Book-A-Child nationwide project that was flagged off at the ANA’s 36th International Convention, which held in Makurdi, Benue State in October, 2017. The second phase of the launch was done by the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, at the 37th International Convention of the Association held in Ikeja, Lagos in October 2018.
For the year 2018, the Yusuf Ali grant was deployed to facilitate a comprehensive media supplement on the projects executed with the yearly grants over the years since 2012 to date and an intensive workshop for 15 selected chairmen of ANA chapters focusing on ‘innovations in contemporary literary awareness campaigns’ to deepen the execution of the project in the coming years.
“This year’s grant will be given to selected state chapters to carry out innovative and cutting edge campaigns in their domains as learnt in the capacity building workshop held in Ilorin in 2018,” Adedoyin said..
Yusuf Ali, who in 2015 promised to sustain the yearly grant to ANA for life, is a Nigerian lawyer who received the highest honour available to practicing lawyers in 1997, when he was called to the inner bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He attended the University of Ife [now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife] and is the Principal Partner at the Law Firm of Yusuf O. Ali & Co in Ilorin. His reputation in the Bar has been balanced by a deep interest in literature, which has seen him supporting the Kwara State chapter of ANA as well as serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Bar Journal. He is also an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ilorin.
Ali, in 2017, presented a book, Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria, to the public in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He has also consistently hosted the national exco of ANA and chairmen and secretaries of chapters in his office during their yearly meeting in Ilorin since 2012.
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