Writers Gbadeyanka Kehinde Yusuff, Dawaki Hamza Sadiq and Nehru Odeh, all Nigerians, have resumed for the September-October 2017 session of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, Iseyin, Oyo State.
Gbadeyanka, a playwright, poet and short story writer, is from Oyo State. With four unpublished books, he hopes to spend his time in Ebedi to complete a drama piece whilst also teaching students in Iseyin creative writing.
Sadiq, from Kano State, is a teacher and translator who writes in Hausa and English. Some of his literary works include two novels, two poetry collections and some newspaper articles. He will teach Iseyin students Hausa language, folklore and drama.
Odeh, from Delta State, is an Ebedi Fellow that previously attended the Residency in 2011. He is an experienced journalist with stints at the Daily Times, TELL magazine and THE NEWS magazine. He has published a play, ‘The Patience of an Embattled Storyteller’ while his collection of poetry, ‘The Rise of the Superman’ is currently in print. Odeh will work on his new novel, ‘Living For A Day’ and interact with students in the areas of journalism and drama.
The Ebedi International Literary Writers Residency is a private initiative for writers to complete ongoing works in a conducive environment at no cost to the writers. Since its inception seven years ago, the Residency has hosted over 100 writers from 10 African countries.
Many of the past residents (fellows) have used the residency to produce award winning books. The latest is Ayobami Adebayo, a 2016 Ebedi Fellow whose novel ‘Stay With Me’ was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction.