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Wana Udobang selected for U.S. Writing Programme

Nigerian poet chosen for U.S. Writing Programme

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A Nigerian poet, author and spoken phrase artist, Wana Udobang, has been chosen by america Division of State to take part within the 54th Worldwide Writing Programme (IWP) Fall Residency.

The U.S. Consulate in Lagos disclosed this in an announcement issued by Temitayo Famutimi, the Consulate’s data specialist.

The consulate stated that Udobang would be part of 29 different writers from throughout the globe on this planet’s oldest and largest multinational writing residency which can maintain at College of Iowa over the course of 11 weeks.

It stated that the award-winning author, alongside different contributors, will give readings and lectures that share their work and cultures.

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The U.S. consulate added that she would additionally collaborate with artists from different genres and artwork types, and journey to work together with audiences and literary communities throughout america.

U.S. Consul Common Claire Pierangelo, whereas congratulating Udobang, stated that the aim of the IWP Fall Residency is to offer excellent writers with a platform for cultural trade and collaboration.

“That is a particularly aggressive programme and we’re proud to have you ever symbolize Nigeria.

“Your accomplishments as a poet and author are well-known and we hope this is a chance so that you can take time to focus in your writing.

“It is a chance to attach with well-established writers from across the globe, study extra about america, and contribute to literature programs each on the College of Iowa and throughout the nation,” Pierangelo stated.

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The residency would supply the writers a one-of-a-kind inter-cultural alternative to forge productive relationships with colleagues and translators, the consulate careworn.

It stated that it could additionally allow them participate within the vibrant social and tutorial lifetime of the College of Iowa in addition to the bigger American literary scene.

The U.S. Consulate, nonetheless, stated that as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the autumn residency programme had been postponed till spring.

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Well being, security, and journey situations allowing, the rescheduled programme is anticipated to run from February 28 to Might 3, 2021, it stated.

The consulate famous that Udobang’s poems had been revealed in quite a few anthologies and her poetry movie, Pricey Father, was screened on the British Movie Institute’s African Odysseys Competition.

“Her writings have additionally appeared in Aljazeera, The Guardian, The Rumpus and the BBC.

“Thirty-five Nigerian literary figures have participated within the IWP Fall Residency and a few notable ones embody Cyprian Ekwensi (1974), Ola Rotimi (1980), Niyi Osundare (1988), Festus Iyayi (1990), Tade Ipadeola (2019),” the consulate disclosed.


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