The tempo of the 2012 series of the Guest Writer Session will rise higher by several pulses on March 31 with Theresa Oyibo Ameh and K K Iloduba as the featured authors. An initiative of the Abuja Writers’ Forun (AWF) which started in June 2008 and has become the template for similar programmes nationwide, the Guest Writer Session holds by 4pm at the Pen and Pages Bookstore, Wuse 2, Abuja.
Teresa Ameh hails from Igalamela/ Odolu LGA of Kogi State and holds an NCE from the College of Education Katsina Ala and a BA in Library Sc/English from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Ms Ameh taught for seven years, possibly where she found the inspiration to write for children, before switching to a civil service career. A mother and philanthropist, she has five titles to her credit namely The Twins Visits, The Stepmother and other stories , Funmi the Polite Girl and other stories, Lessons from Aunty Talatu, and her most recent publication, The Only Son.
Kenechukwu K. Iloduba hails from Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State and holds a BSc Applied Mictobiology, Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Masters in Public Administration, and Masters of Science in Finance.
A passionate poet, Iloduba’s poems have been appeared in several local and foreign publications, and he has won prizes within and outside Nigeria. His debut poetry collection, In The Arms of Misery was voted by The Sun as one of the Top 30 books of 2007, while the book caught the attention of several reviewers. In an article on the collection, Professor Mabel Evierhoma of the University of Abuja observes that though K K Iloduba is not an indigene of the Niger Delta, he shows through the poems how creativity can be used to mitigate the sundry challenges faced by humanity.
K K Iloduba resides in Abuja, is married to Sandra Onyebuchi Ibili and his second collection, Immortal Whispers is due off the press later in the year.
The 2012 series of the monthly Guest Writer Session took off on February 25th with the duo of Uche Ezechukwu and Steve Okecha in a highly entertaining and enlightening event that witnessed a large turnout.
Since its inception four years ago, the Guest Writer Session has been a consistent feature of the nation’s literary scene. The March 31, 2012 edition will include the usual side attractions of poetry performance, mini art exhibition, and a raffle-draw as well as live music. The Abuja Writer’s Forum meets three Sundays each month and hosts a reading on every last Saturday at the International Institute of Journalism and Pen and Pages respectively.