Three female writers from Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria have arrived Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria for the April-May 2017 session of the Ebedi International Writers Residency. They are; Gloria Mwaniga (Kenya) Cecilia SefaAmoafowaa (Ghana) and Nana Aisha Abdulqadir (Nigeria)
Gloria, who is a graduate of the University of Nairobi is a freelance writer with the Nairobi based Nation Newspaper and the East African Newspaper. She is the author of two children’s books.
Gloria wishes to use her time at the residency to complete work on a new novel. She will also understudy the art of weaving of Aso Oke by the Iseyin weavers, with the hope of imparting her knowledge on students in Iseyin and Nairobi.
Cecilia Sefa Amoafowaa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana. She is a teacher at the Tamale Senior High School, Tamale, Ghana. Currently the Vice President of the Ghana Association of Writers in the Northern Region of Ghana. Cecilia is also the author of the book, Poetry Excursion on an African Mind (2014), which was selected for study for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic year at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The third writer, Nana Aisha Abdulqadir, is a native of Niger State is a student at the College of Education, Minna, Niger State.
She has attended many writers conferences and workshops and has had a stint as a presenter on the Niger State Television Station.
During her stay in Ebedi, Aisha will complete work on her debut literary books, a novel entitled, Icicles of Desire as well as a poetry collection, What Next. She will also mentor Iseyin students in the art of public elocution during her stay.