January 18, 2021

SYNW Establishes Campus Writers Body, Appoints National Executive Council

SYNW ESTABLISHES CAMPUS WRITERS BODY, APPOINTS NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL


 

In its effort to promote creative writing and book reading among Nigerian students in tertiary institutions (Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education), the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) has established a new platform tagged “Nigerian Society of Campus Writers (NSCW)”. The membership of this newly founded initiative is strictly for students of tertiary institutions. “Nigerian Society of Campus Writers (NSCW)” is similar to the National Association of Campus Journalists (NACJ) but NSCW is strictly for creative writers.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the President of SYNW, Wole Adedoyin in Ilesha on Sunday.

Currently, SYNW is managing over 30 campus writers’ branches in different Universities, Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Education across the country. The Objectives of the newly established initiative are: To create an avenue where campus creative writers can brainstorm, meet and network, to promote creative writing and book reading culture in tertiary institutions, to hone and enhance the creative writing skills of aspiring campus writers, to award, reward and recognize outstanding campus writers, to organize seminars, symposia, fora and conferences at educating and informing aspiring campus writers, to publish and market the works of aspiring campus writers and lastly to hold monthly book reading and meeting

In line with the Constitution of the Nigerian Society of Campus Writers (NSCW), an initiative of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW). A Seven man National EXCO Committee has been appointed for the outfit. The appointed committee members are: President - Innocent David Chinaecherem (Federal University of Technology Owerri - FUTO), Vice President - Alabi Matthew Damilare (University of Lagos - UNILAG) , General Secretary - Angelica Chinecherem Uwaezuoke (University of Nigeria, Nsukka - UNN) Assistant Secretary - Sakinat Yusuf (Bayero University - BUK), Finance Secretary - Cynthia Chukwunenye Maduekwe (University of Calabar), Information Secretary - Abdulrazak Denja Balema (Federal University Lokoja FUL), Social/Welfare Secretary - Yusuff Opeere (Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Moor Plantation), Education Secretary - Chinwendu Chinonyerem Emmanuel (Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education). 

The newly appointed executives are to serve for a period of four (4 months) after which an election will be conducted to duly elect new national officers among the Coordinators.

The above EXCOS were appointed due to their past performances and records in their different schools.

The newly appointed national EXCO are charged to create more SYNW Chapters in Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Education and to also coordinate their activities and report back to the National Headquarters of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW).

January 17, 2021

SYNW Appoints Jamilu Alhassan as Yobe State Coordinator

 

SYNW APPOINTS JAMILU ALHASSAN AS YOBE STATE COORDINATOR


 

The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) has appointed Jamilu Alhassan as its new coordinator in Yobe State.

Adedoyin Wole, the President of the Society made the disclosure in a statement in llesa.

According to the release, “Jamilu Alhassan’s appointment as Coordinator of the writers’ body in Yobe State is very important as he brings extensive experience and adds the necessary leadership and depth that will help us drive our short term goals of making Yobe state a reading state.

As SYNW Coordinator in Yobe State, Jamilu Alhassan will oversee and coordinate the affairs of the organization in Yobe State in line with the constitution of the Society.

Jamilu Alhassan hails from Yobe State. He is currently a Masters Student at the Bayero University Kaduna. Alhassan has many published works to his credit.

Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), is an umbrella organisation that was founded to promote creative writing and literary arts among writers based in Nigeria between the ages of 10 and 40. It was founded in 2010 at the former house of the Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka at the University of Ibadan. It was formerly known as the World of Poets and Literary Society.

Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) is a member of the International Authors Forum (IAF). It has also collaborated with different international organizations like Alliance Francaise (Nigeria), 100 Thousand Poets for Change (USA), Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival (Italy), Girl Child Creativity (Zimbabwe) and lately International Human Rights Art Festival (USA).

In 2019, Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was duly acknowledged and mentioned in a book titled “TEEN LIVES AROUND THE WORLD: A GLOBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (2 VOLUMES)” edited by Karen Wells. The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was described as the only teen writers’ body in Nigeria.

SYNW provides a platform for young writers to meet and collaborate, enhance and hone their writing skills. SYNW also publish, promote and market the works of its members.

 

SYNW Appoints Akobundu Olumachi Stella as SYNW Coordinator in Abia State College of Health Sciences & Management Technology Aba, Abia State

 

SYNW APPOINTS AKOBUNDU OLUMACHI STELLA AS SYNW COORDINATOR IN ABIA STATE COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES & MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY ABA, ABIA STATE 


 

The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) has announced the appointment of Akobundu Olumachi Stella as her Coordinator in Abia State College of Health Sciences & Management Technology Aba, Abia State.

In a statement made available to newsmen today, Wole Adedoyin, the President of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) said, Akobundu Olumachi Stella will be responsible for connecting students with SYNW resources, organizing monthly readings, workshops, competitions with support from individuals, corporate bodies and the National body, while also supporting them in ways that help promote reading culture in Ignatius Abia State College of Health Sciences & Management Technology Aba, Abia State and enhance their literary career.

In order to achieve SYNW’s aim of promoting creative writing and book reading among Nigerian students between the ages of 10 and 35 in our various universities, the Society of Young Nigerian Writers has again appointed Akobundu Olumachi Stella as Coordinator of the young writers’ body in Abia State College of Health Sciences & Management Technology Aba, Abia State.

Akobundu Olumachi Stella was born on the 22nd of September, 2000. She is currently a 100 level student of  the Abia State College of Health Sciences & Management Technology Aba Abia State.

We look forward to seeing the initiatives that Akobundu Olumachi Stella introduces and continues at the campus,” Adedoyin said.

SYNW finally urges other students who are interested in starting SYNW Chapters in their various universities to send their Letter of expression of interest to woleadedoyin@gmail.com or Whatsapp @ 08072673852

Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), is an umbrella organisation that was founded to promote creative writing and literary arts among writers based in Nigeria between the ages of 10 and 40. It was founded in 2010 at the former house of the Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka at the University of Ibadan. It was formerly known as the World of Poets and Literary Society.

Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) is a member of the International Authors Forum (IAF). It has also collaborated with different international organizations like Alliance Francaise (Nigeria), 100 Thousand Poets for Change (USA), Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival (Italy), Girl Child Creativity (Zimbabwe) and lately International Human Rights Art Festival (USA).

In 2019, Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was duly acknowledged and mentioned in a book titled “TEEN LIVES AROUND THE WORLD: A GLOBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (2 VOLUMES)” edited by Karen Wells. The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was described as the only teen writers’ body in Nigeria.

SYNW provides a platform for young writers to meet and collaborate, enhance and hone their writing skills. SYNW also publish, promote and market the works of its members.

 

 

 

 

SYNW Appoints Koate, Nunaa-Elbabari Maxwell as SYNW Coordinator in Ignatius Ajuru University of Education

 

SYNW APPOINTS KOATE, NUNAA-ELBABARI MAXWELL AS SYNW COORDINATOR IN IGNATIUS AJURU UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION 


 

The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) has announced the appointment of Koate, Nunaa-elbabari Maxwell as her Coordinator in the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

In a statement made available to newsmen today, Wole Adedoyin, the President of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) said, Koate, Nunaa-elbabari Maxwell will be responsible for connecting students with SYNW resources, organizing monthly readings, workshops, competitions with support from individuals, corporate bodies and the National body, while also supporting them in ways that help promote reading culture in Ignatius Ajuru University of Education and enhance their literary career.

In order to achieve SYNW’s aim of promoting creative writing and book reading among Nigerian students between the ages of 10 and 35 in our various universities, the Society of Young Nigerian Writers has again appointed Koate, Nunaa-elbabari Maxwell as Coordinator of the young writers’ body in the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.

We look forward to seeing the initiatives that Koate, Nunaa-elbabari Maxwell introduces and continues at the campus,” Adedoyin said.

Koate, Nunaa-elbabari Maxwell was born on the 27th May 1996. He is native of Kpor town in Gokana Local Government, Rivers state. Koate attended Community Primary school 1 Kpor, Government secondary school Kpor and currently a student of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt.

SYNW finally urges other students who are interested in starting SYNW Chapters in their various universities to send their Letter of expression of interest to woleadedoyin@gmail.com or Whatsapp @ 08072673852

Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), is an umbrella organisation that was founded to promote creative writing and literary arts among writers based in Nigeria between the ages of 10 and 40. It was founded in 2010 at the former house of the Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka at the University of Ibadan. It was formerly known as the World of Poets and Literary Society.

Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) is a member of the International Authors Forum (IAF). It has also collaborated with different international organizations like Alliance Francaise (Nigeria), 100 Thousand Poets for Change (USA), Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival (Italy), Girl Child Creativity (Zimbabwe) and lately International Human Rights Art Festival (USA).

In 2019, Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was duly acknowledged and mentioned in a book titled “TEEN LIVES AROUND THE WORLD: A GLOBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (2 VOLUMES)” edited by Karen Wells. The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was described as the only teen writers’ body in Nigeria.

SYNW provides a platform for young writers to meet and collaborate, enhance and hone their writing skills. SYNW also publish, promote and market the works of its members.

 

 

 

January 15, 2021

In Malawi, Police are shielded when they abuse human rights; they have betrayed their assigned duty – Frank Kaliati

 

IN MALAWI, POLICE ARE SHIELDED WHEN THEY ABUSE HUMAN RIGHTS; THEY HAVE BETRAYED THEIR ASSIGNED DUTY – FRANK KALIATI

Frank Kaliati is a 28 year old writer of poetry and prose fiction from Malawi. His Poem “State Armed Robbers Squad” came second in the just concluded END SARS National Poetry Competition, in this interview with Wole Adedoyin, the author of “The Four That Matter”, shared with him some facts surrounding his winning entry and writing career.

 

WA: YOU ARE THE AUTHOR OF THE WINNING POEM “STATE ARMED ROBBERS SQUAD”, WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS AND INTENTIONS IN THIS POEM

 

FK: My goals and intentions when writing the poem 'State Armed Robbers Squad' were that being an African and learning the incidents of police brutality in Nigeria I was filled with anger since the very same thing happens in Malawi whereby the police are shielded when they abuse human rights such as by rape or mercilessly kill the defenceless innocent. I really wanted to denounce those evils through my poem.

WA: HOW WELL DO YOU FEEL YOU ACHIEVED THEM? 

 

FK:  I believe I achieved the goals of denouncing police brutality since my poem has crossed boarders and being in second position this will attract more people to read the message and have a clear picture of the abuse of the law by the so called law enforcers.

WA: HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE SUBJECT OR THEME OF YOUR POEM?

 

FK: As stated in point one I became involved in the theme of police brutality after witnessing several cases of disregarding birth rights done by the people that we expect to be our defenders.

WA: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE IN YOUR PARTICULAR FIELD OR GENRE?

 

I prefer poetry simply because one  can easily express their feelings greatly but in simple and few words.

WA: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?

 

FK:  I have been writing prose and poetry for thirteen years now.

WA: WHAT KIND(S) OF WRITING DO YOU DO?

 

FK:  I do poetry and prose fiction such as short stories.

WA: IS WRITING YOUR FULL-TIME CAREER? OR WOULD YOU LIKE IT TO BE?

 

FK: Writing is not my full time career but I intend to make it so since the passion has been growing with the years.

WA: ON A TYPICAL DAY, HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND WRITING?

 

FK: I spend all my free time each day writing on any theme that comes to my mind.

WA: WRITING CAN BE AN EMOTIONALLY DRAINING AND STRESSFUL PURSUIT. ANY TIPS FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?

 

FK: To aspiring writers, all I can say is that never give up, good ideas come when you are stressed or in bed and before that idea disappears same way it came write it down and one day it will grow into something big.

WA: HOW DO YOU HANDLE LITERARY CRITICISM?

 

FK: I entertain Literary Criticism, this makes me to polish up wherever need be and this allows me to add more ideas to my pieces of writing.

WA: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

 

FK:  I have always had my inspiration from the genius, William Shakespeare, his writings live with any generation and he is always relevant in any scenario one can think of. His simple and humble beginning sparks determination in me that nothing is impossible.

WA: WHERE CAN READERS FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR BOOKS?

 

FK: Readers can find more about me and my writings through my Facebook account username, FRANK O'JOSELVES KALIATI or through my email address, Frankkaliati@gmail.com.

WA: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE STORY IN YOUR POEM?

 

FK: The inspiration for the story in my poem was that I had to share heart breaking crimes done by the police even here in Malawi, for instance, a village was raided in Malawi by the police in 2020, out of vengeance that one police officer was killed, the police attacked the village by arresting the men and raping the women up to this day no arrest has been made.

WA: WHAT IS THE KEY THEME AND/OR MESSAGE IN YOUR POEM?

 

FK: Readers should have a clear picture that police brutality is real and no matter how much the men in uniform will try to intimidate us justice will always find its way home.

WA: WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TITLE?

 

FK: The title was a mockery to the original meaning of the acronym SARS, this was done to expose that the officers have betrayed their assigned duty.

WA: WHAT WERE THE KEY CHALLENGES YOU FACED WHEN WRITING THIS POEM?

 

FK: The only challenge I face even after writing this poem is that I wanted all Malawians to read it and see the evils done by the police but I have not had a wide coverage of the audience towards this poem here in Malawi.

WA: WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT WRITING?

 

FK: When I'm not writing, I love teaching literature especially creative writing and analysing some genres of literature such as poetry, prose or drama.

WA: WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND WHY?

 

FK: My favourite author has always been William Shakespeare, simply because all of his writings make one to think deeper in order to deduce meaning, I always want my pieces of writing to be in such a way that the reader should be influenced into thinking deeper towards the meaning or message in my writings.

WA: WHAT BOOKS OR AUTHORS HAVE MOST INFLUENCED YOUR OWN WRITING?

 

FK: The Shakespearean sonnets and Jack Mapanje's poems have always influenced my writing.