IWD 2014: Woman Rising Initiative celebrates literary works by female writers

Posted: March 24, 2014 in general

As part of its commitment to supporting fiction and other forms of literary works, telecommunications firm in Nigeria, Etisalat, last weekend lifted celebrations marking the 2014 edition of the Woman Rising Initiative which held last weekend at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos.

The event, now in its fourth edition, which is powered by The Life House as part of activities celebrating the International Women’s Day through various aspects of the arts also provided platform for the celebration of women writers in the country.

“Etisalat Prize for Literature was designed to recognize and reward debut writers of fiction in Africa, with the objective of discovering new creative talents and promoting the growing publishing industry on the continent. Sequel to the recently concluded Etisalat Prize for Literature, people asked how the Prize for Literature had three shortlisted female finalists. I believe it is a testament to the literary ability of the African woman.

“The year 2013 was an interesting year for women in literature; and the emergence of three female finalists for the Etisalat prize for Literature further depicts the depth in creativity. Etisalat believes firmly in how art and culture foretell creative ideas and as such, is proud to be an active sponsor for the literary arts through the Woman Rising Initiative,” said Ebi Atawodi, the Head of High Value Events and Sponsorships, Etisalat Nigeria, at the event.

She added that Etisalat was proud to sponsor the Woman Rising initiative; a 21st century cause celebrating the literary prowess in women.

Co-founder and curator for The Life House, Ugoma Adegoke, thanked the telecoms firm for its  support of arts and culture through the Woman Rising Initiative.

According to her, “the arts have the power to heal, delight, create joy and togetherness; offering a unique quality of life for our children and ourselves. As such, I am grateful to our main sponsors, Etisalat Nigeria, for their continued support in our drive to seek strategic and sustainable support of arts and culture in Nigeria.”

To spice up the occasion, various women from different works of life read short stories, poems and exciting excerpts from various female authors. One of such writers was Flash Fiction expert, Molara Wood, who read excerpts from some of her stories, including Fear Hill and Indigo.

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