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African Writers Development Trust trains writers

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Participants at the just concluded PenPan project in Abuja
Participants at the just concluded PenPan project in Abuja

By Augustine Aminu, Abuja

African Writers Development Trust trains writers from West African countries for the purpose of promoting and showcasing African culture to the rest of the world.

The training tagged PenPen Africa Writers Residency was designed to features twelve selected writers from across Africa in two separate Pens, with six residents each in Abuja and Nairobi.

The Executive Director, Mr. Anthony Onugba, stated this at the closing ceremony of the PenPen
Africa in Abuja noting that the programme is a two-part project slated to hold in Abuja, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya.

Onugba said, “The name PenPen Africa is derived from the word “Pen” and in this context is used in its duality to symbolise first, the process of writing and second, a place of enclosure used to house a particular specie.

“The PenPen Africa project, an initiative of the African Writers Development Trust (AWDT), is targeted at promoting cultural integration among Africans, using literature”.

According to Onugba, the project is implemented in partnership with the Writers Guild Kenya. It is funded by Culture at Work Africa and co-funded by the European Union”.

The participants at the PenPan project are; Modou Lamin Sowe (ML) The Gambia, Sakina Traoré – Cote D’ Ivoire, Tega Oghenechovwen – Nigeria, Ngang God’swill N – Cameroon, Maryam Boyi – Nigeria, Edem Azah – Ghana.

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