L-R: Jamal Mahjoub (who's facilitated many a Caine Prize Workshop), Fidelity Bank MD Reginald Ikejiani, Diana Evans (author of '26a' and 'The Wonder'), IK Mbagwu of Fidelity and Helon Habila, the Caine Prize winning author of a trio of books including 'Oil on Water'. They're shown in Lagos at last week's opening event for this year's Fidelity Writing Workshop (Friday June 17).
Habila has since last year been the arrowhead of the Fidelity workshop and he's been assisted this year by Mahjoub and Evans. The workshop proper started in Nsukka on Saturday 18th and ended today with a closing ceremony at the Princess Alexandria Auditorium of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. With the theme, Lending Wings to the Nigerian Story, the closing ceremony featured performances from many including Iquo Eke and Chimalum Nwankwo.
Well, that was just the first leg of the closing ceremony. The second leg holds tomorrow in Lagos and a major highlight of the Lagos event is the launch of Dreams at Dawn, the first in the Fidelity Bank's Workshop Series of books. It was edited by Helon Habila, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Madeline Thien and I expect features the works of participants at the 2010 workshop. Details of tomorrow's event, below:
Fidelity Writing Workshop Closing Ceremony
Lagos Resource Centre
Anifowose Street, Victoria Island
Date: Friday, June 24, 2011
Photo: James Eze