Four writers have arrived Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria for the April/May 2019 edition of the Ebedi International Writers Residency.
Among them is a Cameroonian Writer, Howard Meh-Buh. He is also a PhD student of Microbiology in the University of Buea, and a staff writer for Bakwa Magazine. His works have been published and/or accepted in a couple of anthologies and magazines, including The Africa Report, Bakwa Magazine, Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review, and Aerodrome. He was one of the participants of the Literary Exchange Program for Creative Nonfiction, organized by Goethe- Institut Nigeria, Goethe- Institut Cameroon, Bakwa Magazine, and Saraba Magazine; in May and November 2017.
This also made him a guest at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in 2017, in Abeokuta, Nigeria. In 2016, his story “Reef 32” was on the long-list of the Bakwa Short Story Competition. During his time at Ebedi, he would be working on his debut novel, set both in Cameroon and Bangladesh, inspired by the time he spent there, studying for his Masters Degree. He would also work with secondary school students in Iseyin by teaching them French language and creative writing.
The second writer, Rasaq Malik Gbolahan is a graduate of the University of Ibadan. A Poet who hails from Ibadan, Razaq was shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2017. He is one of the six nominees of the Poet Lore Puschart Prize. His works have appeared in various journals, including Michigan Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Spillway and Sentinel among others.
He hopes to use his time at the Ebedi Residency to complete work on his next Poetry Collection and mentor Iseyin students in the art of performance poetry.
The third writer, Bello Muhammad Bello from Zaria, Kaduna State is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. as well as Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee USA. In 2013, he represented the University of the District of Columbia at a Conference for Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Lastly, Nseabasi Akpan, a visual artist from Cross Rivers State, who uses photography to express his artistic talent has been involved in group photography exhibitions in the US, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Benin Republic, Syria, Croatia and Ethiopia.
In addition, he has also organised various Photographic Workshops in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Gambia. In 2018, he was part of the Open Africa Road Trip photography Presentation in the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and the Gambia.
Akpan will spend his time at Ebedi to update his photography of rural life as well as mentor Iseyin students in the art of photography.
The Ebedi International Writers Residency, established in September 2010, is a private initiative for the use of writers wishing to complete their on-going works in a conducive environment at no cost to the writers. The Residency, which offers a six-week full boarding facility, has since its establishment hosted about 120 writers from 10 African countries many of whom have won several local and international literary prizes. The Residents, who are expected to mentor secondary school students in Iseyin as part of their community service during their stay also have a publishing opportunity with a Lagos based Publisher, Literamed Publishers.