“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”
– Barbara Kingsolver
The pen, they say, is mightier than the sword. The pen can both start and quell a war, it can spread its healing power through words across the world, it can penetrate even the farthest corner of the world bringing with it orientation, enlightenment, inspiration, entertainment, and hope. It keeps alive and gives voices to everyone regardless of their race, background or gender. It is a weapon that can be used to capture the imagination of the younger generation in order to sow seeds of greatness in them that will eventually flourish.
Nigeria is beginning to witness the emergence of more creative writers and authors that may revolutionize the literary world.
Here are some of our good news reviews of emerging new voices in the field of creative writing encouraging us to avoid the agony of having an untold story die within us.
Deriving her inspiration from observing the increasing number of children who do not have access to qualitative education due to their poor family background, Anjolaoluwa Akinyemi, a primary five pupil of Gracefield Private School, Ibadan, Oyo State, decided to convert all her observations into an inspirational story to encourage people that they can attain any height no matter their background. The book titled ‘The Ladder’ was launched at the school’s end of session and Anjolaoluwa assures us of other greater works ahead. Her feat serves to encourage parents never to underestimate the ability of their children in whatever they show interest in.
In an essay contest organised by an NGO, Robert Sunday Iworiso (RSI) Foundation aimed at encouraging creative writing amongst the youths in Bayelsa, Franklin Martin emerged as a million naira winner of the contest. Franklin, who is a 16-year-old Senior Secondary School three student of Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, emerged winner of the essay competition with the topic ‘Education as Imperative for National Development for Global Relevance’ and this feat, he asserts, would propel him to do more in attaining his dreams and potentials.
Following in the steps of high-flying award-winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie, is 24-year-old Barrister and Solicitor of The Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chidera Okolie, who has been bagging international awards for her writing. The young writer, who had her first novel, a crime fiction piece, When Silence Becomes Too Loud, endorsed by the former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, in 2015 has released her second publication ‘Not Forgiven’, a collection of psychological thriller stories. Chidera is also one of the ambassadors for She Leads Africa and has been featured on different media platforms. She has also been nominated for and a recipient of numerous awards such as the ‘most outstanding fiction writer of the year’ by Alpha Gamma Multimedia Limited amongst others.
Writing produces works that will live forever, telling stories of generations upon another. It is such good news that many young Nigerian writers are emerging and getting recognized. Creative writing is usually a world where anything can be created and recreated. Having many more young writers may just help with the reorientation the country sorely needs.
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