September 28, 2021

The National Executive Council of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has released programme of event and schedule of activities for the 40th Anniversary of the Association. In a release officially issued by ANA National Secretary, Maik Ortserga said Abuja is set to hold Nigeria’s biggest international Convention of Writers come November this year. Part of the statement further reads “At the first ANA National EXCO meeting this year, a decision was reached to celebrate ANA @40 in a very special way with a ten(10)- city recollection before the grand finale at the Mamman Vatsa Writers Village, Mpape, Abuja. The ten city event has since kicked off with resounding successes in all the cities visited starting fromIbadanto Yenagoa and Port-Harcourt. The remaining cities events are already scheduled to take place between the months of August and September this year. The plan to spice [email protected] events with forty thousand books from the Nigerian Writers Series is in steady progress. Forty secondary schools from across the country will get one thousand books each and a books shelf to further boost the ANA’s A-BOOK-A-CHILD-A-WEEK Project. Moreover, tremendous progress has been made on the development of the Mammam Vatsa Writers’ Village to the extent that it is no longer a pipe dream but a dream come true that ANA @40 Grand Finale events and the 40th International Annual Convention events, by the grace of God, will take place under our own roof right inside the Chinua Achebe International Conference Centre at the Mamman Vatsa Writers’Village in Mpape,Abuja. The most cheering news, however, is that like the gallant eagle, ANA has swiftly risen in strength above the kind of snares that had entrapped similar organizations in the past, and is making steady progress. ANA @ 40 is expected to reverberate with global quakes. To this end, all ANA members and stakeholders in the Nigerian literature project are enjoined to put their hands on the plough for the realization of this year’s literati moment when the biggest black continental writers’ body will hopefully shine, more than ever, like the morning star.” The Programme of the 40th Anniversary were reeled out by the National Executive Council of the Association as follows: Date : November 3rd – 6th, 2021 Venue: MammanVatsa Writers Village, Mpape, Abuja Theme: Resilience and Nation Building: The Role of Nigerian Literature Highlights • Anniversary lecture to be delivered by Emeritus Prof. Femi Osofisan • Keynote to be delivered by Prof. Akachi Adimorah Ezeigbo Panel discussions • The writers’ responsibility in a distressed society • The rights of the writer (to be powered by Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) • The impact of the Nigeria Prize for Literature on the continental leadership role of Nigerian Literature (to be powered by (NLNG) Roundtable discussion • Writing as Art: Conversations with Veterans Other side attractions • Arrival Cocktail • Tour of MammanVatsaWriters’Village • Dinner/ Grand Award ceremony • And many more