Oketta, Olofinlua for March/April Ebedi Int’l Writers Residency programme

Posted: March 7, 2012 in arts/culture

Coming on the heels of the recent participation at the Ebedi International Writers Residency Programme, in Iseyin, Oyo State, by the well-known Ugandan Writer Doreen Baingana, another young Ugandan Writer Barbara Oketta has been slated to participate in the next edition of the programme.

Oketta who is a teacher and published short story writer based in Kampala, Uganda, is also an Executive Member of FEMRITE, the Ugandan Women Writers Organisation. She is also a freelance Editor with Fountain, a Ugandan Publishing outfit.

The writer comes to Ebedi Int’l Writers Residency programme to complete work on her novel, Leaving Home.

Oketta will be joined by another young and versatile Nigerian female writer Temitayo Olofinlua, who holds a Master’s degree in English from the Obafemi Awolowo University. An award-winning essayist, Olofinlua was until recently a regular contributor to the defunct Next Newspaper where she contributed articles, reviews and vignettes.

She has been published in a short story anthology The Eagle Speaking for the Generation (2009) edited by Duke Okoro. She comes to Ebedi Residency programme to complete her short story collection.

The writers are expected to be at the Residency from March 10, for a period of six weeks. Apart from writing, they are also expected to mentor students from selected secondary schools in Iseyin in any creative arts of their choice.

The Ebedi International Writers Residency is a home-grown initiative to support writers to complete their ongoing literary works in a comfortable and serene environment at no cost to the writers. Through the writers, the Programme also intends to mentor young Nigerians in the creative field in an attempt to identify and empower upcoming creative artists.

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