ANA gets N3m for 2018 Yusuf Ali literary campaign

Posted: February 23, 2018 in general

Malam Denja Abdullahi


Writers’ body in the country, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has secured funding for the 7th year running towards the ANA/Yusuf Ali nationwide literary awareness campaign.

The association acknowledged the sum February 5 for the 2018 project from the donor, an Ilorin-based renowned legal practitioner, author and dedicated philanthropist, Yusuf Ali (SAN).

The Grant was first secured by the National Executive Committee 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.

In 2015, the grant was applied by the then National Executive Council of ANA 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.

In 2016, the Denja Abdullahi-led National Executive Council of ANA took the literary awareness campaign a notch further by focusing on innovative literary awareness campaign among tertiary institutions across the country through the States’ chapters.

State Chapters submitted proposals on envisaged activities based on which they were assessed and sub-grants finally awarded to 16 Chapters that met the provisioned 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 (3) 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.

According to a statement signed by  Mr.Wole Adedoyin, the Publicity Secretary (South) for ANA, the year 2018, the Yusuf Ali grant for this year will be deployed to facilitate a comprehensive media supplement on the projects executed over the years since 2012 to date and a 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.’


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