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‘Global Voices scholarship has improved my writing, storytelling skills’

By Guardian Nigeria
24 August 2022   |   3:53 am
From early age, the Nigerian writer, Linda Temienor-Vincent, primed her eyes and mind on attaining a desirable and greater height in writing and intellectualism.

From early age, the Nigerian writer, Linda Temienor-Vincent, primed her eyes and mind on attaining a desirable and greater height in writing and intellectualism.

Her determination, zeal and zest paid off recently when during a recent scholarship award ceremony held in Norwich, the United Kingdom, in May, Linda Temienor-Vincent received a standing ovation, as she was called on stage and presented with the prestigious University of East Anglia (UEA) Global Voices 2021 scholarship award for prose fiction.

Temienor-Vincent, a communication specialist, was the sole winner of this prose fiction writing scholarship on the African continent and is currently studying creative writing at the prestigious institution.

The school’s creative writing course is famous for having produced Nobel Prize winner for Literature 2017, Kazuo Ishiguro; Booker Prize winners Anne Enright and Lan McEwan, and other critically acclaimed and prize winning authors such as, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyò, Mona Arshi, Tash Aw, just to mention but a few.

Winning a scholarship to study in a higher learning institution is a significant victory for any student, especially when it is a global-recognised school.

As with several international universities today, scholarships help distinguish students with exceptional talents or promise in their respective fields of study.

Like any competition, scholarship boards receive thousands of applications and submissions each year from which they must shortlist a set of strong applicants. The judges must make the complex decision of candidates, who receive these scholarship awards, and it is never easy, but they must make a choice nevertheless. Naturally, there are angles to these decisions and candidates who win almost always tick all the boxes required for qualification.

The university offers scholarships to students in creative writing courses, which include, Prose Fiction, Biography and Creative Non-Fiction, Scriptwriting and Poetry. To qualify, Students must be nationals of any country within Africa or were born in any country within Africa. The applicants with outstanding creative writing potential receive these scholarships worth thousands of British Pounds in tuition.

According to Temienor-Vincent, the Global Voices Scholarship has given her a platform to improve her writing and storytelling skills and amplify valuable stories designed for a global audience.

Her first eBook titled, This Journey Called Life, was her entry for the scholarship and is available on the Okadabooks app. It belongs to the fiction genre. The narrative, engaging and rich with culture, is set in the mid-western region of Nigeria in the 70s and tells the story of a rib-tickling young Urhobo man and his transition from a rural community to Lagos metropolis.

Her understanding of resilience and transformation amid characteristic upheavals in Nigeria is profound. Suffice it to say that, in these tumultuous and obfuscating times, Africa and the world need Temienor-Vincent’s penetrating narrative eye to see situations.

She publicly started creative writing in 2018 and is a short story writer who enjoys writing primarily fiction. Every other type of writing comes second. She has the vision to build a powerhouse for the writing and development of stories. If there were something Temienor-Vincent would like to change about the Nigerian literary space, it would be to see Nigerian writers exposed to international platforms to improve their skills and get their works better appreciated.