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Afolayan and Akanbi to headline Eko Fiction writing webinar

Eko Book Club, a Lagos-based literary organization, has booked April 28, 2022 to host two leading fiction writers; Gabriel Sunday Afolayan and Albert Afeso Akanbi. They will lecture on the fundamentals and techniques of fiction writing.

A statement released by club coordinator Oyinkansola Adesewa said the event would take place via Whatsapp at 8:00 p.m.

According to the statement, Eko Fiction Writing Webinar is a one-day online course for writers and book lovers who are new to writing fiction or want to get back to the fundamentals of fiction.

The webinar provides the opportunity to learn from a nationally recognized faculty
professionals in the field of fiction writing and to meet other writers who share common interests.

Profiles of our guest instructors

Gabriel Sunday Afolayan is a Nigerian columnist, polytechnic professor, novelist, poet and public affairs commentator. His interest spans genres such as prose fiction, poetry and creative essays. He has been writing since his college days, contributing local news, articles, and short stories for publication in national newspapers and magazines. He attended Benin City Institute of Journalism and later Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu as well as Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria where he earned his master’s degree in mass communication. He is currently pursuing a PhD in “Media and Ethno-Political Crises in Nigeria” at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

The Ekiti State-born writer began his journalism career with the defunct National Concord, where he rose to state correspondent, then to The Guardian newspaper as a reporter and to the news magazine Issues as editor. During his days in the news media, he covered a wide variety of beats, writing extensively on political and allied crime, events and metropolitan issues, with a particular emphasis on investigative and investigative journalism. interpretation.

A prolific writer, Afolayan’s first published title – Beyond the Silent Grave, published in 2001 by Spectrum Books, Ibadan – was an instant hit. The fast-paced 251-page novel was subsequently nominated for numerous awards, including the Cadbury/ANA Prose Prize and the NLNG Nigerian Literature Prize in 2004. The book went on to receive the FG/UBE Grant in 2013/2014 alongside selected titles by various Nigerian Authors for the Education Intervention Program of the Federal Ministry of Education.

Apart from his media experience, he worked in the manufacturing industry and rose to the position of marketing manager in a vegetable oil company in Ondo State before taking an appointment with the state polytechnic. d’Ondo, now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Nigeria, where he is currently teaching courses in Journalism, Media and Communication at the Department of Mass Communication. As a public affairs analyst, he has been a regular personality on Ondo State television and radio stations, appearing regularly on programs such as Cross Fire, AM Today and Ojumo Ire – where issues of news affecting society are discussed with other panelists.

Apart from a lengthy dossier of some twenty well-researched articles published in many reputable journals inside and outside Nigeria, his works, ranging from complete novels, book chapters, poems and short stories in collections of anthologies, have enjoyed wide circulation and acceptance as a literary reference. materials in many universities around the world. His other books also include Romoke: the Little Orphan – published with a grant from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Pa Jeje’s Legendary Tales, The Recalcitrant King and The Sunshine Tales (an anthology of short stories), which he co-authored. edited. His short story novels, specially designed for elementary school students, include Taiwo and His Naughty Friends, Death and the Greedy Rascals, The Richman and the Poor Beggars, among other titles.

As one of Africa’s few committed and established writers in the 21st century, his works have been reviewed by different Nigerian newspapers and scholars from top-notch institutions abroad. These include Safari Books, Channel Islands, UK, African Books Collective, Oxford, UK, University of Texas, Austin, USA, and World Literature Today, published at the University of Oklahoma, United States and on some online platforms. One of his poems: Plagued by the Anger of Hunger was selected in 2021 as one of the “Top 10 Outstanding Entries” in the #EndSars Poetry Contest, organized by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) in collaboration with the American Society International Festival of Human Rights Arts.

A literary activist and community development enthusiast, Afolayan is a member of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), the African Journalism and Communication League (AJCL), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and currently President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Ondo State Chapter and was formerly a member of the Association’s National Executive Committee. He is married to former Miss Oluwatoyin Omodara and their union is blessed with pious and wonderful children.

Albert Afeso Akanbi

Albert Afeso Akanbi was born in Nigeria on March 31, a writer, filmmaker and humanitarian, he holds a B.Sc. in economics, a certificate in filmmaking and a 2017 certificate from the RNTC Media Institute in the Netherlands in persuasive storytelling and journalism.

One of his short stories was among 50 selected from 38 writers representing 16 countries that were featured in the African Book Club’s first anthology, The Bundles of Joy and Other Stories from Africa, published in the United States of America in 2014 As an alumnus of the Sangam House International Writers Residence in India, his creative piece on the theme of dance and the art of writing was among more than 44 works selected from more than 40 writers. spread across 3 continents that appeared in Sangam House reader Vol 3, Other Windows, released in India in early 2017.

His short story That Sunday Afternoon won the inaugural WordMaster Writers’ Challenge in May 2015.

In 2018, he published two e-books, Urushi and Other Stories from Ososo and Christians and Muslims: A Collection of Articles, to critical acclaim.

In 2019 he launched a picture book about Ososo, the picturesque town of streams and rocks caught between the rolling Somorika hills of southern Nigeria, and since then he has continued to make documentary films, all to critical acclaim. criticism.

His opinion pieces frequently appear in a handful of Nigerian media platforms.

He is the author of OSOSO: Our Place, Our People & Our Patrimony, The Edge of Patience, Cold Black Night and November 5. He runs a film making company Doppler Films in Nigeria. He is a father.

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