I was at an African Literary evening at the weekend. The event was organised by Accomplish Press, Black and Outspoken.com by Tundun Adeyemo and the venue was at the Proud Archivist in East London. It was an awesome evening I have to say. I was inspired by the young beautiful Nigerian authors - both established and aspiring. Despite the noisy venue, I loved the ambiance of the place and the empowering interaction between the organizers, panelists and audience.
As I sat there listening to these young authors shared their experiences, I was thinking where is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? What was she doing about mentoring upcoming young Nigerian authors like these ones? So much creativity and passion for the art of writing.
As a writer (I'm not sure I would call myself an author - yet), I felt a sense of affirmation for my passion; to get words in print and share with as many people as possible. I had not read any of the authors' books but guess what I did after the event? I bought a copy of their books. I'm looking forward to reading and learning.
I must mention this amazing young lady Theresa Awonuga @Theresa-lola, a talented poet in the making. She read two of her poems - one for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria and the other a celebration of womanhood. Watch this young lady grow into a successful poet in the steps of Maya Angelou. She was brilliant. I was transfixed. I will definitely be inviting her to the Total Woman event next year by God's grace.
A big shout out to all the passionate Nigerian writers; @KiruTaye; @NuzoOnoh; @TundunAdeyemo; @Imagine_This; @Abidemitv; @AbimbolaDare; @IrenosenOkojie @OlaNubi; @createandwrite; @SadeAdeniran; +Tolulope Popoola; @kemiogunniyi.
Keep it up ladies!