Fayemi's Wife To Flag Off ANA's Child Campaign in Lagos ... Serves as Guest Reader at Ekiti Chapter

First Lady, Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi

The prolific author and wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi will on Friday, October 26 flag off the Child Campaign of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) at the National Delegate Conference coming up in Lagos
Barely a week after leaving this event, the wizard writer, Erelu Bisi Fayemi will be featured at the October edition of Ekiti ANA Monthly Reading as the Guest Reader.

This event which will take place on October 31, 2018 at De Jewel's Apartments promises to be an epoch making event as she will be reading from her various books most especially the latest one, Loud Whispers". Others are: "Speaking for Myself and "Speaking Above Whispers".

A statement signed by the Association's State Chairman in Ekiti, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, stated that the highly cerebral woman had already confirmed her interest in attending the two functions personally.

 "All hands are now on deck to make the two events memorable occasions because Erelu Bisi Fayemi is really making us proud in Ekiti ANA," Akogun said.

Meanwhile, ANA members across the 36 States of the federation will converge on Lagos on October 25 for their 37th annual international convention.

This year’s convention, which is being hosted by the Lagos State chapter of ANA, will last through October 28 and, according to the the chairman of the Local Organising Committee appointed by the association’s national executive to supervise the preparations Akin Adeoya, "Lagos is set to host a resounding convention that would be counted among the best ever."

The Lagos ANA Chairman, Mr Yemi Adebiyi who also hails from Ekiti State had assured writers to expect the best convention from Lagos. "We are fully prepared and we encourage all delegates to attend this memorable event. It is going to be a great opportunity to meet the great heroes in the media, business and politics. Mega city, Lagos is welcoming the delegates,”  he said

 ANA national president, Denja Abdullahi, who agreed with Adebiyi that there was no cause to doubt what Lagos could do. opined tgat “it is an opportunity to prove their mettle. The state chapter is making good effort".

The keynote address of the convention which is themed ‘Literature, Mega cities and Mega-narratives’, will be delivered by Karen King-Aribisala, a professor in the Department of English, University of Lagos.

Similarly, ‘Hardground’, the award-winning play by Ahmed Yerima, celebrated playwright and former general manager of the National Arts Theatre, has been chosen as the official play for the convention.

Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, is billed to declare the convention open at opening ceremony on October 25.

During a courtesy visit to his palace in Lagos by the LOC, Oba Akiolu, who also accepted the offer to be the royal patron of the association, prayed for the success of the convention.

“I pray for a successful entry and exit of all participants at your convention. I wish you success and pray that no evil shall distort or destroy the success of the entire programme. And out of my tight schedule, I will find time to not only attend, but to support you beyond the period of the event,” he said.

Not long ago, Abdullahi, the association’s president, led a three-man team to a meeting with the Lagos chapter at Eagles’ Park Hotel, Ikeja. Others in the team were Maik Ortserga, assistant general secretary, and Wole Adedoyin, PRO South.

The two-day meeting, which had in attendance Adeoya, the LOC chairman, Adebiyi, ANA Lagos chairman, and other members of the state chapter and the LOC, was to review the level of preparations for the convention whose activities would hold mainly in the Ikeja area of the state.

It looked at the chapter’s level of preparedness, especially in the areas of welcome cocktail, grand opening ceremony, the convention drama, AGM, accommodation for delegates and special guests, publicity, security, books and photos exhibition, excursion and breakfast at the Lagos beachside, transport and logistics and grand awards dinner.

To ensure a memorable convention, ANA Lagos kicked off with a number of pre-event activities such as: Patrons’ Night held at the Freedom Parks, Lagos on September 9. Tagged ‘Anime Evening with ANA Patrons’, the patrons’ night, according to Adebiyi, ANA Lagos chairman, was held to honour distinguished persons who had made contributions to the growth of the association as well as was to appreciate individuals and corporate organisations for their support towards a successful convention.

On Friday, Erelu Bisi Fayemi will flag off the Child Campaign programme of ANA titled: "A Child, A Book" as well as deliver a goodwill message. The untiring writer will then return to Ekiti where she will be the Guest Reader at the Ekiti ANA monthly reading for October. The event which will come up at De Jewel's apartments on October 31, 2018 will be attended by the national President, Mallam Denja Abdullahi, Dr Wale Okediran and other renowned authors across the country.


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