Stories and photos byHalf of Niger state's normal contingent to the annual national convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and, still, representatives of other states would be overwhelmed, even if the occasion held under the sea. Writers got a taste of this last weekend as the writers' fiesta came to a jaunty close: Niger state, the initiator of the now-mainstreamed Teen Authorship scheme, not only dazzled everyone with a literary series of stories for children, but got the hosting rights for next year's convention.
Always spearheaded by the indefatigable and cheerful teacher, poet and athlete, Baba Mohammed "BM" Dzukogi, the Niger state team has put up spirited expeditions in search of the right to host the nation's authors. Dzukogi's quest is egged on by a team of foot soldiers that is made of mostly his former students, whom he had guided to sharpen their literary talents. This year, ANA Niger branch chair Aminu Sheikh Mohammed presented their bid. He told the fair-sized audience at the Federal Technical College Gusau, venue of the Annual General Meeting, that his branch had been a leading light of the Association, consistently producing books, organising over a dozen editions of the Annual Schools Carnival of Arts and Festival of Songs (ASCAFS) as well as the first ever Northern Nigerian Writers' Summit.
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