The Association of Nigerian Authors has secured funding for the 8th year towards the ANA/Yusuf Ali nationwide literary awareness campaign.
The Association received the sum of N3m at the weekend for the 2019 project from the donor, Yusuf Ali (SAN), an Ilorin-based renowned legal practitioner and author.
According to the secretary of the association in the South zone, Wole Adedoyin, the grant was first secured by the National EXCO of ANA 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.
“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 and the phase two of it launched by the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, at the 37th International Convention of the Association held in Ikeja, Lagos in October, 2018.”
Adedoyin said in 2018, the grant was deployed to facilitate a comprehensive media supplement on the projects executed with the yearly grants over the years since 2012 to date and an intensive 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.
He said the 2019 grant will be devolved to selected State Chapters of the Association to carry out innovative and cutting edge literary awareness campaigns in their domains as learnt in the capacity building workshop held in Ilorin in 2018 .