Friday, 15 July 2016

ANA CELEBRATES 10 WOMEN WRITERS




                                                                    Catherine Agbo

The new leadership of Association of Nigerian Authors, Abuja branch on July 7, 2016 decided to honour 10 women writers of all kinds of genre as a way of celebrating the women and also commemorating the American independence.


                                                                           Ema Ime Ekpo


In their letter conveying the awards to the selected women, the Association stated that its readiness to work with the women on their literary activities and other projects of Human and National Development.
                                                                    Halima Usman



The women who were honoured were Teresa Ameh, Halima Usman, Getrude U. Uzoh, Ema Ime Ekpo, Mabel Erwierhoma, Catherine Agbo, Joan Oji, Vicky Sylvester, Lois Otse Adams and my humble self- Chinyere Obi-Obasi.


                                                                              Getrude U. Uzoh



The occasion was graced by many important dignitaries from all works of life. They include, Mrs. Nwala; FIDA representative, Dr. Henry, Dr. Omokaro, Emma Ogbeche, immediate past secretary of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Rafat Salami, Dr. Princewill Nwajobi a consultant and infection diseases expert, Ayodele Obe, Speaker of the Nigerian Youth Parliament and members of his team and many more.
                                                                  Chinyere Obi-Obasi



The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Farida Habib, a human right activist interested in women affairs. She noted that 50% of the world’s population are women; yet, they are grossly marginalized. This was despite the fact that enshrined in our constitution law was provision for equal rights. 


                                                                     Joan Oji

 She wanted certain things done to rectify these wrong;
·       Government must make haste to implement the policy of 35% participation of women.


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                                                                             Lois Otse Adams

        Banish any laws discriminating against women.


·       Media must stop portraying women in negative light and help change the stereotype narration.

·       There is need to empower everyone so that the next generation will be better off for it.


                                                              Prof. Mabel Erwierhoma


·       Civil Societies must ignore the people who think they are too forward and push on with advocating for women agenda and participation.

She urged women writers to be steadfast and continue to dream like a lot of successful female writers who have gone ahead of them.

She urged them to use their writing to advocate for women equality.

There were a number of goodwill messages from Mrs. Obioma who was happy that ANA was celebrating women.
                                                                Teresa Oyibo Ameh



Rafat Salami an author, stated that she was happy to be present where women were being honoured. She wanted women to continue to write.

Dr. Henry Ewunonu urged women to write on health in order to raise awareness. He wanted women writers to bring to the fore the trauma that those with life threatening diseases go through. He challenged them to do a book on Dr. Stella Adadevoh who lost her life as she fought to keep the Liberian Ebola victim from entering into the country and thereby spreading the disease.

The event which was jointly anchored by the famous Willy Willy of Wazobia Radio and Ben Ubiri, the Chairman of ANA, Abuja Chapter was spiced up with performances by Daisy Obe, Yaski, Bash and Storyteller.

The awardees were grateful for the recognition.

The awardees were given some book presents, a plaque and a letter of commendation.


                                

                                                                          Prof. Vicky Sylvester

Like somebody in the audience remarked to me, it was indeed a fitting way to end the long Sallah holiday.

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