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Abuja Society Set to Host 2021 Literary Festival Sept. 25 — Official

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The Abuja Literary and Arts Society (ALAS) said on Wednesday that it was set to host the 2021 Abuja Literary Festival (ALITFEST21), in the Federal Capital Territory.

The Press Manager, ALITFEST, Bamas Victoria, said in a statement that the event in its fourth edition, had become a landmark of Abuja’s cultural scene, designed to promote community values.

Victoria disclosed that the event, with theme: ”Making Art Work”, would hold from Sept.

25 to Oct. 2

ALITFEST is an annual literary festival that provides creatives a voice and platform curated by the ALS, the largest community of literary creatives in the FCT.

“In 2020, the festival was held virtually and extended its shores beyond Nigeria to other parts of Africa, and the rest of the world, in view of the global pandemic.

“We were also able to include the African diaspora in our conversations, with cross over panelists that included Africans and African-Americans.

“The results of that virtual festival far outweighed our expectations and therefore, this year, we propose to host a hybrid festival in virtual and physical spaces,” she said.

She explained that the physical space would hold in Abuja, in line with COVID-19 protocols, adding that the  entrance into the venue would be based on Afritickets, while the virtual space will be on Zoom.

The press manager urged people interested in participating in the event to register at www.alitfest.com and all ALITFEST social media platforms.

She listed the high points of the event to include, a panel discussion, poetry performance, festival anthology, art exhibition, fiction, script writing, language translation competition and secondary schools debate competition.

Others are: outreaches to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, a writing competition, book and arts fair, as well as music concert, she added. (NAN)

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Benue Born Medical Doctor Breaks Uncommon Grounds in Literature

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By David Torough, Abuja 

A Benue born Medical Doctor and a writer, Dr Mark Ogbodo, has broken uncommon grounds in literature as his third Novella, “Untold”, has been certified and approved by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), as a general reading material.

In a letter, the Executive Secretary of NERDC, Prof.

Ismail Junaidu, stated that the book, Untold, has been assessed by NERDC and found useful, and therefore, “it is recommended as a general reading material”.

The approval made it the second approval of Dr Ogbodo’s books, as the first Novella, “Amour Maternel”, was also approved by NERDC as a supplementary reader for all JSS 2 classes in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Fellow, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) who is also the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Professor Idris Amali, has congratulated Dr. Ogbodo for his successful outing in another literary work.

“This is an important achievement to be on a national reading list. This is creativity with a purpose with immediate impact. 

“The concept well held for many years that there is no money in literary creativity is becoming a thing of the past and the era of milking the author without replenishing the milk is no longer tenable in the 21st Century. 

“Thus, the exploitation of the third world creative writers by the west is mellowing down. The Nigerian writers can today pursue his copyright issues to a gainful and logical end. 

“This position therefore makes  Dr. Mick Ogbodo, a potential instant  millionaire from the sales of his latest outing which has been placed on a national reading list of schools nationwide. This is a great feat.

“This situation should spur you to write more specific literary creativity  that targets such an audience which would attract a national audience for a specific purpose like the one you have written.

“Let me therefore congratulate you for this achievement. Manage the success well,” Prof. Amali stated.

Ogbodo who is the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Medical Association, Benue State Branch is also the Chairman, Publication Committee, Nigerian Medical Association, Benue State Branch as well as the Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors, Benue State Chapter.

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Nigerian Students Are Facing Excruciating Hardship-Enyinstede

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Nigerian Association Of Science Students, Comrade Henry Enyinstede has cried out over the economic crisis in Nigeria, which is affecting the Nigerian students.

Enyinstede, who stated this in a press statement yesterday, said students are also struggling to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport.

He lamented that this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance.

According to him, despite the oil earnings, the Nigerian economy finds it difficult to experience an improved life style rather the economy get tough every seconds of the day and this has placed a terrible scar on the Nigerian Students.

 

“The High cost of tuition fees across varsities and other tertiary institutions has rendered the Nigerian Students helpless and hopeless because the Students union are bought over like hot pot of porridge by school Management and are dancing to their tones instead of seeking for justice.

 

“Tuitions are increased annually in some tertiary Institutions and the increment is horrific. Even the price of Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Institutions Post JAMB forms has been increased and this price increment of registration form has and it’s dashing the of hope of Aspiring Nigerian Students.

“The Nigerian Students are enormously hit by the current economic crisis as 90 percent of Students rely solely on parents and family members for source of livelihood and as a result proper spending plan must be adopted and as at that they still find it difficult to feed at least once a day because of the outrageous price of foodstuffs and goods which the sellers blamed on the removal of oil subside.

“Students struggles to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport and this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance,” he said.

He further said Nigeria is one of the World’s resource rich economies but continue to be ravaged by poverty.

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UNIZIK, Group Partner on use of Mother Tongue to Promote Science Curriculum

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The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) and an Igbo sociocultural organisation, the Odinala Cultural Heritage Foundation (OCHIE Igbo), have partnered on the use of mother tongue to promote science curriculum in the region.

Mr Caleb Onwe, the National Publicity Secretary of OCHIE Igbo, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Onwe said UNIZIK, through its Vice Chancellor, Prof.

Charles Esimone, had approved March 15 for the unveiling of the OCHIE-Igbo STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Project Committees in partnership with the university.

He said the proposed OCHIE Igbo STEM School (Igbo Silicone Valley) would be sited in UNIZIK and would take off on a virtual note targeting to enroll Igbo children from all parts of the world.

“Over the years, educationists, researchers and curriculum development experts have argued that children perform better when taught in their mother tongue.

“The efficacy of the above claim lies with the inroads and quantum of converts which the missionaries made in Igboland on their arrival.

“Therefore, the target of the OCHIE Igbo STEM Project is to raise a generation of Igbo children that can innovate, conceive, invent and interpret phenomena in Igbo language.

“This way, the educational barriers and challenges associated with the learning sciences in our primary and secondary schools would be a thing of the past,” Onwe said

He said three committees would be inaugurated on March 15 at the university.

“The Coordination Committee is led by Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu, Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Administration, with Okoro Chinedum Benedict as the committee’s Co Chairman.

“The Curriculum Development Committee is led by Prof. Lilian Akudolu of the Faculty of Education.

“Igbo Translation Committee is led by Prof. Thecla Udemmadu of the Department of Igbo,”” he concluded.(NAN)

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