Three writers, a Ghanian, Moffatt Nii Addokwei, a Camerounian, Dzekashu Macviban Charles and a Nigerian, Stanley Princewill Balogun, have arrived in Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria, as the first set of writers for the 2016 session of the Writers Residency Programme. They will be in the residency for a period of six weeks.
Moffatt holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts as well as a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Ghana. Between 1977 and 1979, he was a reporter with Daily Times of Nigeria. He thereafter moved back to Ghana and worked extensively in the media as a Radio announcer and later Theatre Manager for the Ghana Arts Council. Several of his plays have appeared on NTA as well as on many Ghana TV Stations. He plans to use his time in Ebedi to complete his poetry collection as well as a new book of fiction. He is also expected to mentor some Secondary School Students in Iseyin in the areas of drama and public speaking.
MacViban is a curator, writer and freelance journalist based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He holds a BA in Bilingual Letters (English/French) from the University of Buea. In 2011 he published a collection of poems titled Scions of the Malcontent, founded Bakwa magazine and in 2012, he participated in the Kwani Literary Festival in Nairobi as part of the Moving Africa programme. After one year at Ann Arbor Review of Books, he subsequently wrote for Goethe.de, The Africa Report and IDG Connect. His fiction has been featured in Wasafiri and Jungle Jim among other places and mentioned in The Guardian on an article about sci-fi in Africa and his nonfiction and poetry have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese. Dzekashu will use his time at the residency to complete a novel-in-progress entitled, Couscous Clan.
Balogun is a poet, online sports writer with poojablog.com, house painter and undergraduate of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State. He has undying love for literature. His poem ‘Adventures of a Poet’ most recently won Second Prize (Silver) at the fifth Korea/Nigeria Poetry Feast organized by the Korea Cultural Centre. He was also poet of the week for the month of March on EGCreativity; a Nigerian blog dedicated to the promotion of poetry.
In its sixth year of operation, the Ebedi International Writers Residency Programme has hosted over 60 writers from more than six countries. It is a private initiative for the use of writers wishing to complete their on-going works in a serene and conducive environment free of charge.