The Kebbi Hill-Top Arts Foundation is partnering with the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Kebbi State Chapter to promote teen authorship aimed at inculcating reading culture among students in the State. This was sequel to an interactive meeting between two organizations held at Kebbi State Library Complex on Thursday.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the meeting, State Coordinator of the Foundation, Jamilu Magaji said issues of collaboration privy to the attainment of the objectives of both organizations were discussed.
He highlighted that the Foundation is a Non-governmental Organization that promote teen authorship among primary and secondary School students in Nigeria. He said the Foundation which has been in the vanguard of promoting teen authorship has, over the years, published teenagers as well as inculcated reading culture through book development initiatives, personality development, citizen and leadership training across the country.
The Coordinator further disclosed that some mentees have already written their names in gold. “Specifically in April, 2017, our participants groomed under tutelage of the state Chapter, took part in the Nigerian Festival of Teen Authors (NIFESTEENA), in Minna where they won four trophies which include 1st in poetry performance, 1st in photography, 2nd in painting and 3rd overall best winner,” he said.
He hinted that while “Maimuna Garba Hammani was the first published teen, other mentees were to release their poetry volumes soon. This is a major milestone,” he added
In his remarks, State Chairman of ANA, Abubakar Kalgo who recalled his encounter with the National Coordinator of the Foundation, BM Dzukogi, was enthusiastic about the visit. He maintained that the Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation has been one of the success stories of creative writing in Nigeria. He stressed that ANA appreciated the kind gesture wholeheartedly, adding that the collaboration would add value to the literary activities in the state.
On his part, Ag. Secretary ANA, Muhammad Gulma encouraged mentees to consider writing in English, hausa and other vanarcular languages. He maintained that it would go along way to appreciate the beauty and sylistic nature of the languages.
In appreciation, Dr. Zarau Sidi expressed delight over the achievement of Maimuna Hammani who was able realize her artistic potentials under the Foundation. She commended the Foundation for the giant strides while appealing for more concerted efforts to be made.
Book presentations were made to both parties.
Jamilu M Magaji
Kebbi Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation
May 9, 2019.