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BBC opens Hausa story writing contest for women


BBC Hausa Service has announced the 2021 edition of its story writing competition for women.

The contest, the station pointed out, was introduced in 2016 to encourage women to tell and share their stories.

The competition welcomes works of fiction from women writing Hausa and entries should be between 1000 and 1500 words. Entries should be submitted to and close on August 22.

A winner is to be announced by an independent panel of judges along with two runners-up and other works worthy of commendation.

BBC News Hausa Editor, Aliyu Tanko, said the contest has “recorded tremendous success since its inception six years ago.”

He added: “Hikayata has given so many women a voice, a stage and above all one of the most outstanding platforms to share their talent. Last year, we had an unprecedented 400 entries from all over the world and I’m hoping this year’s will be even greater.”

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