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OSUN 2018 - STOP ADOPTING APC AND PDP CANDIDATES, BUILD YOUR OWN PARTY HDP by synw(m) : 8:15 pm On Apr 08

PRESS RELEASE
OSUN 2018 - STOP ADOPTING APC AND PDP CANDIDATES, BUILD YOUR OWN PARTY HDP TELLS OSUN POLITICAL PARTIES
Unveils 5 Plan Revolution Blueprint for a New Osun State
The Osun State Chairman of the Hope Democratic Party, Mr. Wole Adedoyin through a press release sent out today has urged his fellow party Chairmen in Osun State to stop adopting and working for PDP and APC Candidates.
According to Mr. Wole Adedoyin, Both Parties have failed us. Innocent Osun state citizens are suffering and living in Poverty. Individual parties were registered with different vision and mission likewise party ideologies and philosophy. Samething during electioneering campaigns when candidates started showcasing their manifestoes and plans. There are parties and there are parties. Osun State election is one year away, parties should be preparing themselves by now not to be beggers or stooges for either APC or PDP.
Adedoyin further unveiled his party’s 5 PLAN REVOLUTION BLUEPRINT for a new osun state, which are (1) Agricultural and Industrial Revolution (2) Health and Educational Revolution (3) Economic and Political Revolution (4) Infrastructural and Leadership Revolution (5) Cultural and Security Revolution.
HDP developed this five plan Revolution Blue Print for its envisioned new Osun State. The execution of this well-articulated welfarist programme is expected to reverse in positive light the current or prevalent overtly negatively adopted capitalist tendencies that has over time bred corruption in Osun State and which also has over time grown into a cankerworm permeating all spheres of the life of our people in the state thereby stalling any sustainable developmental projects such as funds for world class infrastructural development, good roads, Steady jobs and general well fair of the Osun State citizenry are channeled to private accounts breeding social injustice in the land, mass poverty and disparities between the poor and the rich and which in turn breeds social misfit and ready hands for crime, terrorist, recruitment leading to insecurity in the land.

DON’T USE THE ONGOING UNEMPLOYED DATABASE FOR 2019 ELECTION DWAN URGES FG by synw(m) : 8:17 pm On Apr 08

PRESS RELEASE:
DON’T USE THE ONGOING UNEMPLOYED DATABASE FOR 2019 ELECTION DWAN URGES FG
A group known as the Democratic Writers Association of Nigeria (DWAN) under the National leadership of Mr. Wole Adedoyin during their national executive meeting which took place at their National Secretariat in Osogbo yesterday urged the Federal Government to use the ongoing database registration to provide jobs and security for the unemployed citizens in the country.
This call is sequel to an information received from a reliable source that the Federal Government is planning to use the ongoing database registration for the 2019 election. But we hope that President Muhammadu Buhari will never do such undemocratic act that will jeopardise the progress of the country the Mr. Wole Adedoyin hinted.
The group however praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his vision and forsight in provinding jobs and security for unemployed graduates in the country.

STOP RUNNING OYO STATE AS YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTIES -OYO APPS TELLS GOV. AJIMOBI by synw(m) : 8:21 pm On Apr 08

STOP RUNNING OYO STATE AS YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTIES
– OYO APPS TELLS GOV. AJIMOBI
The Association of Progressive Political Parties, Oyo State Chapter in a release jointly signed by the State Chairman, State Secretary and State P.R.O in Person of Mr. David Akinola of Peoples for Democratic Change (PDC), Mr. Oladunni Olaitan of Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP) and Mr. Tolulope Adedoyin, African People Alliance Party (APA) has berrated the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi over his recent undemocratic appointment of one of his family members and his closest political associates against the overall interest of innumerable APC members in Oyo State.
According to the release, Governor Ajimobi is driving back the progressive wheel of Democratic practices as laid down by his predecessors in the governance of Oyo State. After appointing his wife as the Chairperson of the Oyo State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, his brother has now been appointed as a caretaker chairman to the detriment of Oyo APC card carrying members who laboured tirelessly to get him his second term governorship ticket.
The release further describe his style of governance and democratic practices as selfish and undemocratic. Citing his failures in education, public health care and management and provision of infrastructural facilities to the people of Oyo State.

MUCH ADO ABOUT CNPP AND IPAC (From My Diary) By Wole Adedoyin by synw(m) : 12:40 am On Apr 11

MUCH ADO ABOUT CNPP AND IPAC
(From My Diary)
By Wole Adedoyin
INTRODUCTION
Those who are familiar with all the masterpieces of the Late William Shakespeare would have read his funny and enchanted play he titled “Much Ado about Nothing”. I was then in JSS 3 when my Late Father, Prof. Albert Aderemi Adedoyin (a Prince from Ibodi Village in Ilesha) gave me his original copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare. I made the book my companion. One of my favorite plays in the collection is Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing where I derived the title of this short article. The play was full of pun, metaphor, hyperbole, imagery and all other literary devices.
The meaning of the Interparty Advisory Council to me is an intermediary between the electoral Umpire (INEC) and the players (Political Parties). Though the name in Abstract was coined from Ghana’s Interparty Advisory Council. Nigeria INEC stole Ghana’s intellectual property (laughs). Nigeria IPAC is a template of Ghana’s Interparty administration and management. Though not much has been improve with Nigeria’s IPAC when compared to Ghana’s IPAC. I’ve been following the trends of both organizations in the two different countries. Ghana’s IPAC has been doing well. They enjoy independent from their country’s electoral umpire unlike my country and they are always in war of words with the government if they go against their rights or wishes. Should I call them original IPAC (IPAC Ghana) while ours is the opposite (joking). But remember that we stole their names and interparty administration and management. It was even written in the IPAC Code of Conduct that Nigeria’s IPAC was a prototype of Ghana’s IPAC. My sincere appreciation goes to those visionary leaders who sat down and brought this democratic idea into Nigeria’s democracy.
I see IPAC as a strong vehicle for conveying our Democracy into promise land. Currently IPAC Nigeria has no written names or printed documentary of those who championed the cause of IPAC. But ive seen and heard about the good efforts of Prof. Bartholomew Nnaji (presently the National Chairman of the Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), Dr. Yinusa Tanko (currently, the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP)) and my present IPAC Boss, Hon. Muhammed Nalado (currently, the National Chairman of the Accord Party (AP)). Majority of IPAC members don’t even know that Hon. Muhammed Nalado is currently using his second term as IPAC National Chairman. He was once a National Chairman when IPAC Nigeria was crawling.
I’ve had opportunities to discuss and brainstorm with the three above mentioned names. And they told me all they did, their contributions toward the development and growth of IPAC in the country.
MY INVOLVEMENT WITH IPAC AND CNPP
JOINING CNPP IN OYO STATE
Before the advent of IPAC in the country, a viable political association then was the current Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP). I remembered I first joined the CNPP when I was then the Oyo State Secretary/PRO of Alh. Balarabe Musa’s Peoples Redemption Party (PRP). There was then a faction between Alh. Yinka Olona and one Arc. Oyeniyi. Though Alh. Yinka Olona faction was the one recognized by the Governor then in administration, H.E Otunba Alao Akala. I was made the State Secretary of Arc. Oyeniyi CNPP faction which was then receiving support from Chief Lamidi Apapa (who was then the Oyo State Chairman of the Labour Party now its Southwest Chairman) and Comrade Laoye Sanda (a radical activist). I also remembered when I was made the Oyo State Secretary of a coalition, known then as Coalition for A New Nigeria (CNN) initiated by Alh. Balarabe Musa with the major aim of using it to wrest power from the ruling party at both the Federal and State levels in 2011. Comrade Laoye Sanda chaired the Coalition. I still have some of the minutes of the Coalition with me. That same year Governor Adebayo Alao Akala of PDP lost the election to the current Governor, H.E. Abiola Ajimobi. 12 Political Parties including CAN, LP and CPC then were members of the Coalition. It was when I was in PRP I started talking to Baba Balarabe Musa. We discussed almost every day. I was later appointed the Oyo State Organizing Secretary of Alhaji Yinka Olona Faction when I joined his team.
JOINING IPAC IN OYO STATE
I politically became a member of the Interparty Advisory Council(IPAC) in 2012 during the country’s constitutional review. I was then one of the official delegates appointed to attend the South West Constitutional Review held in Eko Airport Hotel in Ikeja. Dn. Samson Olalere (now the Southwest Chairman of APGA) and Alhaji Yinka Olone (now the Southwest Chairman of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties CNPP) made it possible for my party to attend. For I was then the Oyo State Chairman of the Peoples Mandate Party (PMP) under the National Leadership of Prof. Edward. I learnt that one Dr. Sadiq was then the National Coordinator of IPAC. The event was organized by FG with support from UNDP and other international support groups. Individual parties from Oyo State then were given 108,000. I remembered sending a token to the National Headquarters of my Party as part of my state’s annual due. That gave me a good recommendation even after the party was deregistered in 2011. And it was the first time my party members would receive their dividend of Democracy.
2014 was when IPAC came to stay in all the states of the federation. Elections took place in August of that year where I was voted in as the Foundation Secretary of the Oyo State IPAC. APA (my party) got 17 votes against PPA (one Engr. Ogunjimi) got 5 Votes. Dcn. Samson Olalere and Alh. Yinka Olona did all the spade works for us to win that election. Alh. Sifawa Samaila, APA National Seceratry also did his best to make sure I participated in the election by given me proper documents.
RELOCATION TO OSUN STATE
I left Oyo State when my father died. It was a difficult decision for me to make then whether to still remain in Oyo or to go to Osun. A family meeting held in Ilesa mandated me to relocate to Osun state to oversee the family properties and business. I brought APA to Oyo State and I made sure that it contested in the last election. We had Governorship Candidate and House of Assembly Candidates. I personally took all my candidates forms to our National Headquarters in Abuja while other chairmen sent theirs through DHL or Travelling Buses. When I left for Osun State, I made those we started the party together in Oyo State as part of the current executive members of the party in the state. They know the nooks and crannies of the party structure in the state. Most of them contested for House of Assembly.
When I got to Osun State, I wanted to be politically relevant like I was in Oyo state. I sat down, downloaded many articles, releases and reports of political activities and elections in Osun State. I read through everything, there I got to know that the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) was not in Osun State. Since the registration of the Party, it has never been brought to Osun State. I got the contact of Chief Abrose Owuru (the present National Chairman of Hope Democratic Party (HDP)) who asked me many questions and later made me the Osun State Chairman of the Hope Democratic Party without facial discussion or appearance. He personally without collecting any kobo from me sent me my letter of Appointment as Chairman through my electronic mail. Alh. Sifawa Samaila of the African People’s Alliance Party APA, also did the same for me.
THE DIVISION IN IPAC OYO
IPAC consists of members with selfish and diverse interests. The major selfish mission of every IPAC exco is to use their position to get something from their ruling government. They can do anything to achieve their aims. Even fight their benefactors to achieve their selfish aims. This is what caused the division in Oyo IPAC. Those who know me know that I don’t betray my benefactors. If they sink, I sink with them. This is my political ideology. When some angered Oyo IPAC members thought our leaders then were cheating them, when I made my research I found out they were lying against them, they were only looking for a way to free away themselves from their benefactors to pursue their selfish interests. When I emerged as the foundation secretary of the Interparty Advisory Council in Oyo State, I fashioned out 7 points agenda aim at strengthening the body and democracy in Oyo State. Apart from the agenda, I gave them the template of their Letterhead, ID card, built them blog and online newsletter. Even intimate the body with Oyo DSS, Commissioner of Police and NOA.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE CNPP AND IPAC LEADERS
BALARABE MUSA – CNPP – National Chairman of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)
I always call him my grandfather. When I was then the Oyo State Secretary of PRP, Baba would call me first to ask about my family and work, then party affairs would follow. Baba made me to hate ruling parties, especially those that are anti-masses. I got to know the practical meaning of Talakawa Politics through him. I learned a lot from him. Since the foundation of CNPP, I’ve known him to be only the organization’s true leader. I remembered when I wanted to bring Baba to Oyo State through my proposed Annual Balarabe Musa Distinguished Personality Lecture. Baba wanted to come but due to some change in logistics then, the programme couldn’t hold. Baba Balarabe Musa is currently the major voice of the Opposition Parties in Nigeria.
PROF. BATHOLOWEW NNAJI –IPAC – National Chairman of Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP)
Prof. that is what I always call him. He talks too much but his a true democrat. I was surprised when he told me he was the first Coordinator of IPAC. Though I still don’t believe him since IPAC don’t have any written document to proof this fact. He confessed to me how he struggled to make IPAC a viable and effective organization. He told me how he started IPAC constitution now known as IPAC Code of Conduct.
DR. YINUSA TANKO – IPAC – National Chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP)
I always refer to him as my Egbon. A radical politician. We’ve met in many political functions. Constitutionally, Yinusa Tanko should be regarded as the First National Chairman of IPAC in Nigeria. Because he was elected by political parties in an election administered by the Independent National Electoral Commission by themselves. He always calls me WALE instead of WOLE (laughs). He encourages young people like me a lot to venture into politics. During his tenure as IPAC President, he started Annual IPAC National Conference with the maiden edition which was held in Kaduna in 2015.
HON. MUHAMMAD NALADO – IPAC - National Chairman of the Accord Party (AP)
Many IPAC Members who are part of IPAC Watchdog (a platform I created for sharing INEC and IPAC News across the Country) knew what I did against Alh. Nalado during the last IPAC National Election. I campaigned for his opponent Alh. Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, the current National Chairman of the Labour Party. But Alh. Abdulkadir Abdulsalam lost by 2 votes to Alh. Nalado. Alh. Nalado surprised me later when he extended his heart of love to me. Despite all I did, he made me one of his people. He has made history as the first IPAC President to send IPAC Members at the state level to training in KURU, Jos. Though a capacity building workshop aim at enhancing political party administration and management in the country. Hon. Nalado has also gotten a befitting National Secretariat of IPAC in Abuja.
ALH. BASHIR IBRAHIM – IPAC – National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM)
We only talked once. He didn’t record outstanding achievements like Alh. Yinusa Tanko and Hon. Muhammad Nalado. The only website he built for IPAC stopped running immediately he left the office as National Chairman and the Office he claimed he got for the organization folded up after he left office. The only achievement he recorded is the issuance of certificate of service to serving members of IPAC executives.
CHIEF PETER AMEH – IPAC – National Chairman of the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA)
I call him Bros. Peter Ameh is a Journalist and Computer Guru. A former National Secretary of IPAC under the leadership of Alh. Tanko Yinusa. A pal of the Former Nigeria President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. We were much closed when I wanted him to remove the foundation Chairman of Oyo IPAC. As IPAC Secretary he tried his best in the area of information dissemination and press releases. He lost his IPAC National Chairmanship bid to Alh. Bashir Ibrahim of Peoples Democratic Party (PDM).
CHIEF SAM EKE – IPAC – National Chairman of Citizen Popular Party (CPP)
He is the only PHD holder among party national chairmen in the country. He is known to me as “Baba Onirugbon” meaning “bearded man”. He is the current Secretary General of IPAC. I know he is currently preparing to run for IPAC National Chairman. I’ve not seen much of him compare to when Peter Ameh was holding the same position.

Wole Adedoyin is the current Osun State Chairman of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and the National Coordinator of Democratic Writers Association of Nigeria.

PRESS RELEASE OSUN L.G. CARETAKER COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT: by synw(m) : 8:35 pm On Apr 12

PRESS RELEASE
OSUN L.G. CARETAKER COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT: YOU HAVE DONE WELL, HDP COMMENDS AREGBESOLA

In a press release made available to our reporter on Tuesday by the Osun State Chairman of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Mr. Wole Adedoyin has commended the Executive Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola over the recent appointment of the state’s Local Government Caretaker Committee. The noble decision is a welcome development and a smart way of getting his party prepared for the 2018 election in the state.
Mr. Adedoyin however advice the State Governor to immediately constitute the state independent electoral committee who would organize masses oriented local government election after the tenure of the just constituted local government caretaker committee.
Osun HDP Chairman who is also the Coordinator and Editor of Osun Redemption Group and 2018 Osun Guber Watch further urged the Governor to embark on people oriented projects that will bring dividends of democracy to the individual citizenry of the State of Osun.
The party reiterates its support for the Osun State Independent National Electoral Commission in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration Exercise. According to him, HDP is ready to assist Osun INEC in the area of Voters Registration, Engagement, Education and Mobilization. We have created Project VREEM as a way of mobilizing, sensitizing and enlightening Osun citizenry on why they must register and the benefits they will get after registration.

Publish your assets, Osun HDP tells Aregbesola’s cabinet nominees by synw(m) : 7:50 pm On Apr 16

Publish your assets, Osun HDP tells Aregbesola’s cabinet nominees and LG Caretake Committees---
The Osun State Chairman of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has urged Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s cabinet nominees to promptly make public the details of their assets.
The Party made the request in a statement issued by its State Chairman, Mr. Wole Adedoyin on Saturday in Ilesa, Osun State.
Mr. Adedoyin said the public declaration of their assets would be in support of Buhari’s anti-corruption project as one of his promises to the electorate.
It said the request followed when Ogbeni Aregbesola sent the names of his nominees list for the positions of Local Government Caretaker Committee, Special Advisers and Commissioners to the Osun State House of Assembly for interrogation and adoption last week.
The party said: “we welcome the bold step of our Governor and he should know that our request complies with the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution and the Bureau of Code of Conduct.
“However, the declaration before the Code of Conduct alone falls far short of the commitment to publicly declare their assets.
“HDP further explain that this request should also be one of the conditions for appointment, nobody should be asked to bow and go. We are therefore fully in support of the demand for assets declaration; that is a place to start to assess and examine their administration. We all know from the beginning that majority of the nominees are always richer ten times after they leave offices as against the first day they take up the positions in disguised poverty.
“We urge Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to fulfill this promise to the citizens of Osun State.
“We trust that the Governor will move swiftly to compel all his nominees to publicly declare their assets and to publish widely the information on the state’s website and social media platforms.’’
According to HDP, public disclosure of assets will give the general public a true picture of Ogbeni Aregbesola’s nominees’ assets and will send a powerful message that it is not going to be business as usual with his government.
It said the move would follow the best practices as laid down by late President Umaru Yar’Adua and boost Osun State government’s fight against corruption and impunity of the perpetrators

READ ACROSS NIGERIA SET TO HOLD IN 16 STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY by synw(m) : 7:53 pm On Apr 16

READ ACROSS NIGERIA SET TO HOLD IN 16 STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
The Read Across Nigeria (RAN) 2017 edition has been scheduled to hold on the 5th of May, 2017 across 16 states in Nigeria.
According to a press statement made available to our reporters by the National Coordinator of the Project, Mr. Wole Adedoyin said that interested individuals and organization have shown interest in organizing one reading event or another.
This year edition will be showcasing Hajiya Hafsat Abdulwaheed, a Kano based author and the first published female Hausa Novelist. Abdulwaheed, uses her works to highlight the plight of women in Northern Nigeria. She was born in Kano and had her primary education in the City. She has written over 30 books since first novel published in the 1970s.
RAN last year successful debut featured a former National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and the founder of Ebedi Writers Residency, Dr. Wale Okediran.
Registration of reading events across the country are still ongoing, any individual or organization interested in organizing one reading event or another can visit the project’s blog for more information.
Read Across Nigeria (RAN) is an initiative powered by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers aimed at promoting reading in the country by showcasing eminent writers as role models to the young. This year edition will be taking place in Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Jos, Sokoto, Benue, Imo, Anambra, Delta, Abia etc.

Face Your Party Crisis, HDP Tells Osun PDP And Omisore by synw(m) : 11:17 pm On Apr 19

Face Your Party Crisis, HDP Tells Osun PDP And Omisore
19 Apr 2017 Elizabeth Morgan
The Osun state chapter of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has condemned the constant press feud between the ruling party APC and the major opposition party PDP in the state calling on both to consider the interest of the public and put aside crisis between them.
In an interview with our reporter in Osogbo, the state capital, Chairman of the Osun HDP, Mr. Wole Adedoyin said his party has decided to respond to the unnecessary press feud between the two major political parties in the state. Mr. Adedoyin described the process as a way of diverting the public attention for their selfish gains.
According to him “PDP has a huge problem which they should face. Presently, their house is divided and they had once failed the state when they ruled for seven and a half solid years, with nothing good to show for it.
Mr. Adedoyin further lamented that the two parties have abandoned their main objective in the delivery of much responsibilities in the state. “Our great opposition party would not take that for granted, we will not fold our arms watching political scenes in place of the supposed provision of dividends of democracy in our state”.
“PDP should not do anything that would disrupt the peaceful political atmosphere in the state. Let them face their internal crisis and leave Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to work. He has only few months to leave the government house. Why should PDP be creating unnecessary political tension in the state?” he challenged.
And on Senator Iyiola Omisore, the Chairman advised him to face his 2018 gubernatorial ambition instead of uttering words that would put the state in political chaos and never dream that the Miracle that worked for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 election would also work for him after several failed attempts.

Oyo APPPS berates Oyo IPAC over fake press release by synw(m) : 10:14 pm On Apr 22

Oyo APPPS berates Oyo IPAC over fake press release
Reaffirms their separation from IPAC
The Oyo State Chapter of the Association of Progressive Political Parties (APPPS) has passed vote of no confidence on the Waheed Oyewole led IPAC in Oyo State.
This was contained in a communiqué signed and issued to our reporter by APPPS Oyo State Chairman, Secretary and Public Relations Officer, Mr. David Akinola, State Chairman of PDC, Mr. Olaitan Oladunni, State Chairman of BNPP and Tolulope Adedoyin, State Chairman of APA at the end of the state APPPS EXCO meeting held yesterday at the APA State Secretariat, Onireke, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Our attention is drawn to the unwarranted attack launched against us by Oyo IPAC leadership that our recently released statement about quitting the body was fake and that we are not authentic members of IPAC in the state from the inception of IPAC.
Leading the assault, Oyewole said “We believe that such news are carried by jobless, clueless and demented beggars who are possibly seeking cheap popularity where there are none!”
He further said “We also collectively denounce the so mentioned parties and their miscreants whose names were mentioned, as parties and people that never existed among us and could never claim to have pulled out of IPAC, Oyo State, How can any party claim to have pulled out of IPAC when they were never members of IPAC at any time?”
According to Oyo State APPPS “We at the Oyo APPPS consider these statements (though poorly written) as lunatic statement rendered by one retarded Waheed Oyewole to be an unnecessary display of his mental disability and arrogance, which is most unfortunate.”
In a further interview with our reporter, the State P.R.O of APPPS, Tolulope Adedoyin said, “APA, PDC and BNPP are all registered political parties in the country and we are recognized by the Oyo State branch of the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) as state chairmen of our respective political parties. African People Alliance Party (APA) my party came third in the last Presidential election; please visit INEC Website for full fact, APA even got their highest votes in my state. My party’s National Secretary in person of Alh. Sifawa Samaila is the current National Treasurer of IPAC. How come Waheed is not fully aware of this? How come my party is not a member of IPAC as he claimed? In IPAC it is mandatory for all the political parties to join because IPAC is the only avenue of communicating with INEC. The problem of Waheed Oyewole is that he has not read the IPAC Code of Conduct before rendering his lunatic statement or better still we shall translate it to Yoruba language if the English it was written is very difficult for him to comprehend. And for his information APA has never romanced the incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi instead we worked against him in the last general elections by adopting Senator Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja of the Accord Party. It was published in the Nigerian Newspapers. We directed all our Members to vote for him, please confirm from the present State Secretary of the Accord Party for full details. Oyo APA entourage was in Adewolu Ladoja’s house a day before the last governorship election” Adedoyin claimed.
David Akinola of PDC, who is also the State Chairman of Oyo State APPPS, said “Waheed Oyewole is brainless and should be shameful of himself for uttering such statement. He should know that all registered political parties in the country are automatic members of IPAC. The state branches are free to quit if they want depending on the conduct of such state chapter. We said it in our statement that we don’t know what they (Oyewole led IPAC) are doing; they don’t invite us to meetings that is our grudge with them. We heard a lot about how they used our party names to dube political candidates and political parties in the last general elections in Oyo State. We heard all they did in the name of Oyo IPAC. The whole of Oyo State are fully aware of all their misdeeds and our opting out of IPAC in Oyo State. Renowned and reputable online newspapers carried the news. Even the present Commissioner for Health Dr. Azeez Adeduntan Website published the news on his website. We shall publish it out, how they got money from H.E. Alao Akala of Labour Party, Engr. Seyi Makinde of SDP and Senator Teslim Folarin of PDP in the last general election. But my Party alongside APA stood together with the Accord Party candidate Senator Adewolu Rasheed Ladoja.
Oyo APPPS Secretary, Mr. Olaitan Fadunni, also the State Chairman of BNPP said “Oyewole has turned Oyo IPAC to a beggars association. Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State heard how they collected money from all the major candidates of different opposition political parties in the last governorship election, they even went to him for same and he disgraced them. That is how the Governor started disassociating himself from them. Oyewole never filled any candidate in the last election for his party and he was made IPAC Chairman, what a shame! And I’m fully sure that SDP, Labour, PDP and Accord Party would never be part of their fake meeting they claimed they had for they themselves know how irrelevant, fake and irresponsible Oyewole turned IPAC Oyo into. We challenged Oyewole to publish the names and signatures of those parties’ representatives that attended his illegal meeting. Since inauguration they have never released any press statement whether to commend or against the current government. We urge Oyo State Government to proscribe Oyo IPAC as an occult group and illegal association in the state”.
Meanwhile, the APPPS in the State lauded Alh. Muhammad Nalado, the National Chairman of IPAC in the country for his efforts in transforming IPAC and promoting peace and unity among political parties in the country.

Osun HDP Lauds Osun INEC on Continuous Voters Registration by synw(m) : 11:13 pm On Apr 30

Osun HDP Lauds Osun INEC on Continuous Voters Registration
Urges Osun Citizens to troop out for registration
The Osun State Chairman of the Hope Democratic Party, Mr. Wole Adedoyin has commended the Osun State Branch of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the remarkable improvement in the ongoing voters registration exercise in the state, which has gathered meritorious commendations from Osun Citizens and politicians. The party urged the people to cooperate with INEC and troop out to register.
This is contained in the party’s press release signed by the Osun State Chairman of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) Mr. Wole Adedoyin on the ongoing CVR exercise in Osun State.
Mr. Adedoyin noted that INEC had overcome the initial challenges, which characterised the exercise and made it for people to be registered in just about five minutes. He further appealed to the Osun State citizens to be patient and come out enmasse to register so as to vote for the candidate of their choice in the forthcoming 2018 Guber election in the State.
The release scored the INEC very high in public awareness and sensitization of the registration, opening and closing of registration centres, conduct of its officials and availability and functioning of Direct Data Capturing (DDC) machines.

“We are fully aware of the importance of Continous Voters Registration exercise. While it is duly provided for in the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended), it must be emphasized that accommodating all and sundry in the Voters Register comes first and must be subjected to all due diligence for all to register before displays are made. Im appealing to other political parties in Osun State to assist INEC in the area of creating awareness for their members to participate in the ongoing registration exercise in the state” Adedoyin said.

The party however said it is important that the personnel who will operate the machines are adequately trained to understand how to manipulate the wares even when they malfunction.”

RAN to hold tomorrow across Nigeria by synw(m) : 8:17 am On May 05

RAN to hold tomorrow across Nigeria
The 2017 edition of the Read Across Nigeria (RAN) holds tomorrow in the following states, Abia, Anambra, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Ondo, Kwara, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Jos, Abuja, Rivers, Niger, Kaduna, Oyo and Akwa Ibom State. Sokoto State will be holding her own on the 22nd of May 2017 with the celebrity in attendance. The Sokoto event will also be an avenue of unveiling our proposed “Hafsat Abdulwaheed Reading Correspondence Course” aim at promoting reading culture in the Northern part of the country.
This was contained in a press release made available to us by the National Coordinator of the Read Across Nigeria, Mr. Wole Adedoyin. According to him “Tomorrow’s edition will be honouring and celebrating Hajiya Hafsat Abdulwaheed, a Kano based author and the first published female Hausa Novelist. Abdulwaheed, uses her works to highlight the plight of women in Northern Nigeria. She was born in Kano and had her primary education in the City. She has written over 30 books since first novel published in the 1970s.”
Mr. Adedoyin who is also the National President of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers said the event would be a low key event as some of SYNW state branches of the Society are currently preparing for tomorrow’s event.
“Interested individuals across the country have also shown interest in organizing one reading event or another. And we are imploring Nigerians to observe the day as the country’s National Reading Day” Adedoyin said.
RAN last year successful debut featured a former National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), former member of the Nigerian House of Representatives and the founder of Ebedi Writers Residency, Dr. Wale Okediran.
Read Across Nigeria (RAN) is an initiative powered by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers aimed at promoting reading in the country by showcasing eminent writers as role models to the young.

Embrace Reading Culture, SYNW Tells State Governors by synw(m) : 5:58 pm On May 06

Embrace Reading Culture, SYNW Tells State Governors


The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) has berated the nonchalant attitude of some state governor toward reading culture and tradition in their states.

The National President of the Society, Mr. Wole Adedoyin made the statement at their final reading outreach programme to mark the 2017 edition of Read Across Nigeria (RAN) and establishment of Digital Library in honour of Hajiya Hafsat Abdulwaheed held at Agugu Boys High School in Ibadan.

According to him “The libraries we have in some schools and states now are cemeteries of dead books. Our governments at all levels don’t buy books for schools and state libraries anymore. They don’t even make provision for books in their annual budgets again. All they execute are projects that will make them billionaires overnight”.

Adedoyin however urged the state governors to pay attention to their state and schools’ libraries, equip them with modern and relevant curriculum based books. And also explore all avenues to make reading attractive and friendly to students and youth.

Read Across Nigeria (RAN) is an initiative powered by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers aimed at promoting reading in the country by showcasing eminent writers as role models to the young.

RAN last year successful debut featured a former National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), former member of the Nigerian House of Representatives and the founder of Ebedi Writers Residency, Dr. Wale Okediran.

NATIONAL DEAD WRITERS WEEK - SOCIETY OF YOUNG NIGERIAN WRITERS by synw(m) : 10:37 pm On May 07

NATIONAL DEAD WRITERS WEEK - SOCIETY OF YOUNG NIGERIAN WRITERS

NATIONAL DEAD WRITERS WEEK - SOCIETY OF YOUNG NIGERIAN WRITERS by synw(m) : 5:49 pm On May 08

SYNW is currently collating the list of dead Nigerian writers for its proposed forthcoming online programme tagged “National Dead Writers’ Week” aim at remembering and recalling the memories of Nigerian dead writers.
We are also expecting you (Nigerian writers) to send us the Name(s), picture(s), Title(s) of Book(s), State, Short profile of any late Nigerian author(s) you know. Kindly forward the data to [email protected] and [email protected]

Meanwhile below listed names are some of the names we’ve compiled for our proposed project, we are still adding. You can also assist by sending us more. Please send to the above given emails.
1. Chinua Achebe (1930-2013 Novelist, Poet, Critic
2. Yemi Ajibade (1929-2013) Playwright and Actor
3. Akilu Aliu (1918-1998) Poet
4. T.M. Aluko (1918-2010) Novelist & Autobiographer
5. Elechi Amadi (1934-2016) Novelist
6. Olumbe Bashir (1919-2001)
7. Samuel Ajayi Crowther (1807-1891) Linguist, Diarist, Explorer, Writer and Translator
8. Usman Dan Fodio (1754-1817)
9. Buchi Emecheta (1944-2017) Novelist
10. Olaudah Equiano (c 1745-97) Autobiographer
11. Cyprian Ekwensi (1921-2007) Novelist
12. D.O. Fagunwa – (1903-1963) Novelist
13. Abubakar Imam – (1911-1981) Novelist
14. Samuel Johnson – (1846-1901) Historian
15. Festus Iyayi – (1947-2013) Novelist
16. Duro Ladipo – (1931-1978)Playwright and Dramatist
17. Nkem Nwankwo –(1936-2001) Novelist
18. Flora Nwapa – (1931-1993) Novelist
19. Christopher Okigbo (1932-1967) Poet
20. Afolabi Olabimtan – (1932-2003)
21. Kola Onadipe – (1922-1988)
22. Dennis Osadebay – (1911-1995) – Poet
23. Ola Rotimi – (1938-2000) Novelist, Playwright and Theatre Director
24. Ken Saro Wiwa – (1941-1995) Playwright, Novelist and Poet
25. Zulu Sofola – (1935-1995) Playwright
26. Amos Tutuola – (1920-1997) Novelist
27. Mamman Jiya Vatsa (1944-1986) Poet
28. Ken Wiwa – (1968-2016) Biographer
29. Nana Asmau – (1793-1864)
30. Bola Ige (1930-2001)
31. Tai Solarin
32. Anthony Enahoro – (1923-2010)
33. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa – (1912-1966)
34. Aminu Kano – (1920 – 1983)
35. Egbert Udo Udoma – (1917-1998)
36. Ayodele Awojobi (1937-1984)
37. Margaret Ekpo – (1914-2006)
38. Adegoke Adelabu – (1915-1958)
39. Catherine Obiajunu Acholonu – (1951-2014)
40. Fela Sowande (1905-1987)
41. Joshua Uzoigwe (1946-2005)
42. Norman Pannell – (1901-1979)
43. Chike Obi – (1921-2008)
44. D’Okhai Ojeikere (1930-2014)
45. Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1996)
46. C. Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933-2011)
47. Abubakar Gimba – (1952-2015) – Poet and Novelist
48. Dapo Adelugba – (1939-2014) – Playwright and Theatre Director
49. Kolapo Oyefeso (Died at the age of 39) Children Literature Writer
50. Ify Omalicha Agwu (Died at the age of
51. Sesan Ajayi (1959-1994) Poet

NATIONAL WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE FOR DEPARTED WRITERS - SOCIETY OF YOUNG NIGERIAN WRITERS by synw(m) : 8:40 pm On May 08

SYNW is currently collating the list of dead Nigerian writers for its proposed forthcoming online programme tagged “National Dead Writers’ Week” aim at remembering and recalling the memories of Nigerian dead writers.
We are also expecting you (Nigerian writers) to send us the Name(s), picture(s), Title(s) of Book(s), State, Short profile of any late Nigerian author(s) you know. Kindly forward the data to [email protected] and [email protected]

Meanwhile below listed names are some of the names we’ve compiled for our proposed project, we are still adding. You can also assist by sending us more. Please send to the above given emails.

1. Chinua Achebe (1930-2013 Novelist, Poet, Critic
2. Yemi Ajibade (1929-2013) Playwright and Actor
3. Akilu Aliu (1918-1998) Poet
4. T.M. Aluko (1918-2010) Novelist & Autobiographer
5. Elechi Amadi (1934-2016) Novelist
6. Olumbe Bashir (1919-2001)
7. Samuel Ajayi Crowther (1807-1891) Linguist, Diarist, Explorer, Writer and Translator
8. Usman Dan Fodio (1754-1817)
9. Buchi Emecheta (1944-2017) Novelist
10. Olaudah Equiano (c 1745-97) Autobiographer
11. Cyprian Ekwensi (1921-2007) Novelist
12. D.O. Fagunwa – (1903-1963) Novelist
13. Abubakar Imam – (1911-1981) Novelist
14. Samuel Johnson – (1846-1901) Historian
15. Festus Iyayi – (1947-2013) Novelist
16. Duro Ladipo – (1931-1978)Playwright and Dramatist
17. Nkem Nwankwo –(1936-2001) Novelist
18. Flora Nwapa – (1931-1993) Novelist
19. Christopher Okigbo (1932-1967) Poet
20. Afolabi Olabimtan – (1932-2003)
21. Kola Onadipe – (1922-1988)
22. Dennis Osadebay – (1911-1995) – Poet
23. Ola Rotimi – (1938-2000) Novelist, Playwright and Theatre Director
24. Ken Saro Wiwa – (1941-1995) Playwright, Novelist and Poet
25. Zulu Sofola – (1935-1995) Playwright
26. Amos Tutuola – (1920-1997) Novelist
27. Mamman Jiya Vatsa (1944-1986) Poet
28. Ken Wiwa – (1968-2016) Biographer
29. Nana Asmau – (1793-1864)
30. Bola Ige (1930-2001)
31. Tai Solarin
32. Anthony Enahoro – (1923-2010)
33. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa – (1912-1966)
34. Aminu Kano – (1920 – 1983)
35. Egbert Udo Udoma – (1917-1998)
36. Ayodele Awojobi (1937-1984)
37. Margaret Ekpo – (1914-2006)
38. Adegoke Adelabu – (1915-1958)
39. Catherine Obiajunu Acholonu – (1951-2014)
40. Fela Sowande (1905-1987)
41. Joshua Uzoigwe (1946-2005)
42. Norman Pannell – (1901-1979)
43. Chike Obi – (1921-2008)
44. D’Okhai Ojeikere (1930-2014)
45. Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1996)
46. C. Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933-2011)
47. Abubakar Gimba – (1952-2015) – Poet and Novelist
48. Dapo Adelugba – (1939-2014) – Playwright and Theatre Director
49. Kolapo Oyefeso (Died at the age of 39) Children Literature Writer
50. Ify Omalicha Agwu (Died at the age of
51. Sesan Ajayi (1959-1994) Poet

OSUN 2022: GBOYEGA OYETOLA IS A FANTASTIC FAILURE – ACPP by synw(m) : 2:56 am On Feb 15

OSUN 2022: GBOYEGA OYETOLA IS A FANTASTIC FAILURE – ACPP

The Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties (ACPP), a pro Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola political group has described governor Gboyega Oyetola’s performance in the past three and half years as a failure.

This was contained in a press release signed by a Chieftain of the group, Wole Adedoyin who is also the State Chairman of Hope Democratic Party (HDP), one of the parties that worked for the emergence of Governor Gboyega Oyetola in 2018.

Wole Adedoyin, the 2018 Governorship Candidate of Hope Democratic Party said, “Our governor has failed to do most of the agenda he promised during the heated campaign in 2018. Governor Gboyega Oyetola has made a number of promises particularly on workers’ welfare and salaries and we have not seen any tangible accomplishment on this. We have examined the governor on his promises and works, and we have scored him below average”.

“We want the governor to tell Osun State citizens how much he has received as allocation and what project he did with it. We challenge him to come and give account of his stewardship in the last three and half years of his administration as the executive governor of the state, Adedoyin added.

Adedoyin who is also the State Chairman of the Association of Progressive Political Parties and groups (Osun APPPS) in Osun State further accused Governor Gboyega Oyetola led government by saying, “The governor has been lavishing public funds on unnecessary projects, throwing indiscriminate millions on personal projects with state funds and watching education and agriculture decaying. Where does the governor spend mountains of taxpayers’ money and the federal allocation. The local government election he promised to conduct was a sham. He wasted all our resources and denied political parties their democratic rights.

ACPP however warned the governor to stop mentioning reduction in federal allocation for his shortcomings.

FOLARIN OLANIYI TO HEADLINE OSOGBO READ AND GET PAID/PUBLISHING WEBINAR by synw(m) : 1:30 am On Feb 19

FOLARIN OLANIYI TO HEADLINE OSOGBO READ AND GET PAID/PUBLISHING WEBINAR
Osogbo Book Club (OBC) has set aside 25th day of February, 2022 to host Folarin Olaniyi, CEO of Emotion Press, a Publishing/PR firm he started in 2011. He will be lecturing the participants on Read and Get paid and the fundamentals of publishing.

A statement issued by both the Coordinator and Secretary of the club, Godwin Grace and Ahmed Aisha said the event would take place via WHATSAPP by 80:00PM.
According to the Club, Osogbo Read and Get Paid/Publishing Webinar plans to create an avenue where readers can make money and also to make books available at the lowest cost possible to every home in Africa, while consequentially promoting the almost running comatose reading culture through its innovative technology backed print-on-demand service.
Interested participants will be given automatic membership into Osogbo Book Club, E-Certificate of Participation and free digital books on creative writing and publishing.
To register, kindly send your name, Phone contact, email and location to the Osogbo Book Club Coordinator, Godwin Grace +2348027854496 and copy Osogbo Book Club Secretary – Ahmed Aisha - +2348122178326
Osogbo Book Club is an initiative of the Nigerian Young Writers Society. It was founded in 2011 by SYNW in order to contribute its own quota to the growth and development of the Reading Culture in Osun State.
Osogbo Book Club consists of a group of people who meet periodically to discuss the book they have read and exchange those books. Club members encourage each other and learn to read with a critical mind, articulating their opinions about a particular book with others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.

OGUNRONBI, OGUNDELE AND OLAMILEKAN TO HEADLINE IBADAN BOOK CLUB MARCH READING by synw(m) : 8:20 am On Mar 05

OGUNRONBI, OGUNDELE AND OLAMILEKAN TO HEADLINE IBADAN BOOK CLUB MARCH READING

Ibadan Book Club (IBC) has set aside 19th day of March, 2022 to host two Ibadan based writers and a Broadcaster, Tolulope Ogunronbi, Jumoke Ola-Ogundele and Wahab Sulaimon Olamilekan in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
A statement issued by both the Coordinator and Secretary of the club, Ayobami Odunyemi and Hassanat said the event would take place at the Oyo State Library Board, Opposite Cocoa House, Ibadan by 12PM prompt.
Tolulope Ogunronbi is a Broadcast Journalist (OAP) with a unique difference. He studied at the International Institute of Journalism and graduated from the Institute in 2021. Currently a Newscaster, Producer (Studio Manager) and Broadcaster with Raypower 95.1FM Ibadan. Tolulope Ogunronbi will be talking on the Synergy between broadcasting and reading.

Jumoke Ola-Ogundele was born into the family of Mr and Mrs Olaogundele. She is from
Ikogosi Ekiti. Jumoke is a graduate of Industrial Chemistry from Ekiti State University and served in Lagos at Funmi Virtuous Educational Consult. As at the time of this reading, Jumoke Ola-Ogundele is the Founder of READ2ME MOBILE LIBRARY and also a digital marketer. She will be sharing her experience on Mobile Library.

Wahab Sulaimon Olamilekan with the pseudonym Rebel Stonez, is a graduate of Social Studies Education at the University of Ilorin. He is a poet, social educator, textile designer, social media marketer and customer relations officer. He believes in the African teachings of good character and respect. He finds pleasure in the blues poetry of Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni and also enjoys listening to folk songs of Michael Kiwanuka and Beautiful Nubia. Wahab's art works and poems have been published in the Artmosterrific magazine issue 2, Afrorep and elsewhere.
The upcoming book reading event promises to be an avenue for reading creative works such as poetry, fiction, book sales and signing, contacts with other readers and book writers in all corners of the Oyo State, the statement added.
Prospective writers who have works in poetry, short stories and novels can also attend to read their works to other writers and readers. Membership forms and certificate of membership will be available at no charge to first timers.
Ibadan Book Club is an initiative of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW). It was founded in 2011 by SYNW in order to contribute its own quota to the growth and development of Reading Culture in Oyo State.
The Ibadan Book Club consists of a group of people who meet periodically to discuss the book they have read and exchange those books. Club members encourage each other and learn to read with a critical mind, articulating their opinions about a particular book with others. Certain types of books not available or read receive attention through the book club.
Some of the publications published by Ibadan Book Club are: Olubadan Centennial Anthology: a collection of essays, articles, poems and works of art in honor of Oba (Dr.) Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, Voices from Oja Oba Market and Finally, Senator Abiola Ajimobi: Memories, Dreams, Reflections of a Mind Always in Motion.

SEVEN WRITERS AND ARTIST FOR 2022 IHRAF TEEN ARTS AND WRITING MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME by synw(m) : 7:51 pm On Apr 08

SEVEN WRITERS AND ARTIST FOR 2022 IHRAF TEEN ARTS AND WRITING MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME

Six Writers and One Artist have been nominated for this year IHRAF Teen Arts and Writing Mentorship Programme, a programme of the African Chapter of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF) with its international headquarters in New York, U.S.A. They include: Moyinoluwa Oyetunji Sarah (Poet), Akinfenwa Temitope (Poet), Tinuade Dorcas Omitoogun (Short Story Writer), Ajobo Haleeah Oluwalaanumi (Poet & Short Story Writer), Razak Samad (Artist), Stephen Ajeigbe (Poet) and Peace Akindimeji Akin-Tella (Poet).

This was contained in a statement signed by the Director of IHRAF in Africa, Wole Adedoyin.

According to him, IHRAF Teen Arts and Writing Mentorship Programme provides the guidance to help teen writers and artists perfect their craft and successfully complete and publish their self-published book/arts projects. They are to write/create works of art on issues bordering Human Rights issues affecting Africa.

The programme also hopes to help empower shortlisted recipients to independently identify growth areas and find relevant, valuable, ongoing learning opportunities from individuals who have relevant and shareable experiences and insights.

The duration for the programme is six months and completed works will be published by the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF).

MEET THE RECIPIENTS OF THE IHRAF TEEN ARTS AND WRITING MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME, 2022 EDITION
MOYINOLUWA OYETUNJI SARAH (POET)
Oyetunji Moyinoluwa Sarah, born thirteen (13) years ago in Ibadan, her birth was recorded on the 17th day of November 2008; she is presently a junior secondary School III, student of God’s Blessing Comprehensive College.
Her journey into creative writing was discovered at an early age, but as a relatively shy and quiet girl, she kept all her writings to herself, with hardly no reader, until her school mother helped her. Adebayo Damilola, helped her discover her talent and motivated her to write and never be discouraged, and so she courted the habit of reading every good book available to read.
She started writing at the age of nine when she was in primary four and has written over five short stories and several poems
Her hobbies include singing, reading, writing and debating.
Her interest in reading and writing has made her a better person and has opened her eyes to desire to change the world positively.
Moyinoluwa specializes in writing poetry and prose, and may consider playwriting in the near future.
She is a member of the Book Friendly Club in her school, where she shares ideas and discusses her works with other writers, under the tutelage of Mr. Marcus Ugboduma .
She is also a member of the Ibadan Book Club. Her greatest aspiration is to become a great writer from Africa.
She has written many poems, some of which include: ‘Have you ever wondered’, ‘I am me’,
‘Rights of the youths, “My way of giving” “Poetry is me”, “My parents my jewel”, “What goes around, comes around”,” Giving is taking” among other poems all yet to be published
Moyinoluwa has also three written works in prose which are, “My life my Complications”
” The rough path”, and “Folashades’s mystery.”
Moyinoluwa as at certain times in her youthful life engaged in acting in the past, usually at the church during special programmes and when she was in primary school, and her next acting stint in which she is actively involved is AGBEKOYA a play on the Farmers uprising in Ibadan in the 70s, which would be staged coincidentally on her forthcoming birthday this November. She had three of her poems read to the listening pleasure of members of the Ibadan book club.
She is grateful to God for her writing skill.
TEMITOPE AKINFENWA (POET)
Temitope Akinfenwa was born 12 years ago , since her childhood days she developed her interest in books and enjoys reading at ease, she dreams of being a mass communicator, or an accountant, since she discovered how versatile she is reading and writing, her teachers at God’s Blessing Comprehensive College discovered she was fond of converting her note books to her writing pad where she wrote her poems and short stories, it was then it was discovered that she had several other works she had secretly written and kept to herself, which she had been writing since she was 9 years old. And so she was advised to join the Book Friendly Club of God’s Blessing Comprehensive College Ibadan. Since then, her writing skill has taken a new dimension. She had her first opportunity to read her poems to a large audience when she joined the club, and she was further encouraged, at the monthly reading of the Ibadan book club where she was appreciated having read her poems to a larger and experienced audience.
Some of her poems includes: ‘I must shine’,” My tomorrow”,“Victory is mine” and
“My body,God’s temple”. While her plays and prose includes, “Do no cry yet”
“The Young virgin”, “Blood she’d and not shed” and “From Shame to glory” and others.
She believes a future career in writing is possible and that constant reading shapes one's future, while God, her parents and teachers motivates her to write stories, poems and plays, and they have been her pillars supporting her to be a better person, to them she shall be forever grateful.
TINUADE DORCAS OMITOOGUN (SHORT STORY WRITER)
Tinuade Dorcas Omitoogun, is an upcoming budding creative writer, with a penchant for writing prose and short stories. She is twelve years old and was born to the family of Mr and Mrs Omitoogun on the 23rd day of October, 2009. She started out loving to read books her parents bought for her, and reading books her older siblings had at home. As she fiddled with books at an early age, tearing off book covers and pages of novels, her family never got discouraged, this prompted her father to buy her books meant for her age, at that time she was barely three years old. She guided her book jealously and since then holds every book in high esteem, as she scribbled on these books, the love for writing began to take shape. She got motivated by every book she read, and her appetite for reading heightened. And a desire to write stories began to build up, because of her love for reading.
At the age of 8 years she fulfilled her dream to be a writer, by completing her first story titled “The best place to be” at that time she was in primary 4.
Among her other works are
“Seed to sow”, “honesty pays”, “The reward of jealously”, and “Why didn’t I listen”? etc. Some of my poems also are “Why is this world wicked”, “My mother”.
Tinuade Dorcas Omitoogun is a member of Book Friendly Club of God’s Blessing Group of Schools and also the Ibadan Book Club, where she has had opportunities to read out her poems and stories to club members. She earned herself a major role in AGBEKOYA, a play based on farmers uprising in Ibadan in the 60s. The play has further motivated her to write plays and so she looks forward to publishing her first book soon.
HALEEAH OLUWALAANUMI AJOBO (POET & SHORT STORY WRITER)
Ajobo Haleeah Oluwalaanumi is a lover of nature and enjoys reading and narrating stories. Presently, preparing for her BECE 2021/22 Academic Session. She aspires to become a qualified and successful Medical Practitioner. A founding member of Elewura Readers’ Club. Haleeah recently read one of her works at a readership promotion campaign programme of the National Library of Nigeria, Oyo State Branch held recently in Ibadan.
SAMAD RAZAK (ARTIST)
Samad Razak was born in the year 2007 in Ibadan, Oyo state where he hails from and currently lives. As Samad grew up he watched his elder sister draw and paint object and pictures and that inspired him to desire to draw and paint pictures too, At the age of seven, the turnaround came when he drew his first picture, his elder sister saw the talent in him and began helping him out to perfect his artistic skills. Support and encouragement from his parents and teachers have him the needed lifeline,
One day he was suspended from the table tennis team of God’s blessing Comprehensive College Ibadan. He was kept out of the team for weeks for failing to take his studies seriously. While he sat one morning watching his peers play, he had in one hand his drawing pad, some students were gathered around and flipping from page to page with excitement on their faces. At that point Mr Marcus Ugboduma discovered he was an artist and decided to nurture him and promote his artistic works, so he began tasking him. At that point he became a celebrity Artist, whose specialty is simply to draw celebrities and notable personalities.
Among the notable personalities or celebrities he has drawn includes: Burna Boy, Dr Yinka Ayefele, President Mohammadu Buhari, Governor Setup Makinde. But his most favorite drawings are That of the Olubadan of Ibadan Land and Dr Yinka Ayefele. Samad really appreciated his teacher, mentor and master, Mr. Marcus Ugboduma who tutored, mentored, encouraged and took him like his son. In a bid to show his gratitude to him, Samad drew a beautiful portrait of Mr. Marcus and his wife to mark their 3rd wedding anniversary.
Samad is a member of the Book friendly club of God’s blessing Comprehensive college, and also the Ibadan book club. He feels privilege to have exhibited his art works at the 2020 Cultural day celebration held in his school, where the Chairman of the Oyo State council For Arts and culture, was present and promised to take him to the Olubadan of Ibadan Land to present his work to Our royal father, but that dream is yet to see the light of day but he hopes it comes sooner, His works were also exhibited at the Ibadan book club in one of their monthly readings,
Samad is an artist per excellence, who recently played the role of prisoner 1 in Agbekoye. The play AGBEKOYA was staged by students of his School to mark the 2020/21 Valedictory Service. He now believes that with constant reading and study with book club members, he hopes to write poems, plays and prose sooner.
Samad is sure that in the nearest future his drawings will flood the art space as the biggest maker of celebrity art works, his current work is the drawing of Prophetess Esther Ajayi.
STEPHEN AJEIGBE (POET)
Ajeigbe Stephen was born in the year 2008 in Ibadan, Oyo state and he resides there, as he grew up, he never knew he had the talent of writing poems but he tried to be an artist but unfortunately, he discovered it was not in him, at the age of thirteen, he was taken to Ibadan book club by Mr Marcus Ugboduma and when he saw others displaying their talents. By the time it was over, he left very sad because he had nothing to display. At that point Mr. Marcus inspired him to be a poet. He wrote his first poem titled beauty and some other titles "friendship" and “anger in a man". Stephen is a member of The Book Friendly Club of God's blessing Comprehensive College and also the Ibadan Book Club.
He feels privileged to have read his first poem ever on the floors of the Ibadan Book Club.
Stephen is a writer per excellence, who seizes every opportunity available to write poems.
He now believes that with constant personal and group reading and learning with book club members, he hopes to write more poems sooner.
Stephen is sure that in the future, his poems will flood the world as the biggest writer of poems, his current poem is titled "Education with Godliness".
PEACE AKINDIMEJI AKIN-TELLA (POET)
Akin-Tella Peace Akindimeji was born on 29th day of September 2008, in Ibadan.
Peace did not start writing Early enough, but preferred reading. His ability to write was discovered at the age of 13, when he saw his classmates and other friends writing and feeling happy with their works being read in gathering and on the School assembly ground, also at that point came the constant boastings of one of his teachers, Mr Marcus Ugboduma, The coordinator of the Book Friendly Club of his school, who used to boast about his students writing prowess and creative skills, especially in Poetry and prose.
He also constantly advised that writing was going to help them academically and it was capable of taking them to greater heights.
This prompted Peace to write his first set of poems which includes: "Why death", "Ibadan",
" I am strong" and "Foolishness."

Peace Akin- Tella is currently a member of his School's Choir, The JETS Club, the Book Friendly Club of God's Blessing Comprehensive College and the Ibadan Book Club,
He has represented his School in several competitions and most recently The Science Teachers Association of Nigeria OLYMPIAD 2022, at the junior category. He looks forward to becoming a renowned Science fiction writer in the near future. His Parental encouragement has been his source of inspiration in Writing.

OVER $200 UP FOR GRABS AT AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS SHORT STORY COMPETITION FOR SHORT STORY WRITERS by synw(m) : 7:53 pm On Apr 08

OVER $200 UP FOR GRABS AT AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS SHORT STORY COMPETITION FOR SHORT STORY WRITERS

The African Chapter of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF) has urged African Short Story Writers to participate in the ongoing African Human Rights Short Story Competition.

In a press statement issued and signed by Wole Adedoyin, President of the International Human Rights Art Festival- African Chapter (IHRAF Africa) called on Short Story writers in Africa to lend their voices on human rights issues in their respective countries.
Parts of the Statement partly read, “African Human Rights Short Story Prize is open to new, emerging and established short story writers. The Prize is open to submissions of work written in English by writers of any nationality or descent.”
“African Human Rights Short Story Prize aims to promote and support the realization of human rights in Africa. To be duly considered, Stories must have Human Rights at heart.”
“The stories can explore any of the following human rights themes: Freedom of Expression, Government Violations, Police Brutality, corruption, forced Eviction, terrorism, Gender Inequality, LGBT Rights, Child Labour, Child Marriage, Domestic Violence, violence and discrimination against women; child abuse; female genital mutilation, ethnic, regional, and religious discrimination, child trafficking etc.”
This year’s prizes will also be awarded in the names of the following African human rights defenders:
STEVE BIKO PRIZE - $100
BANTU STEPHEN BIKO (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Ideologically an African nationalist and African socialist, he was at the forefront of a grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. His ideas were articulated in a series of articles published under the pseudonym Frank Talk. Biko became one of the earliest icons of the movement against apartheid, and is regarded as a political martyr and the "Father of Black Consciousness". His political legacy remains a matter of contention.
PIUS ADEBOLA ADESANMI PRIZE - $75
PIUS ADEBOLA ADESANMI (27 February 1972 – 10 March 2019) was a Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer, literary critic, satirist, and columnist. He was the author of Naija No Dey Carry Last, a 2015 collection of satirical essays. Adesanmi died on 10 March 2019, when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly after take-off.
BINYAVANGA WAINAINA PRIZE - $50
KENNETH BINYAVANGA WAINAINA (18 January 1971 – 21 May 2019) was a Kenyan author, journalist and 2002 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. In April 2014, Time magazine included Wainaina in its annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World"
His debut book, a memoir entitled One Day I Will Write About This Place, was published in 2011. In January 2014, in response to a wave of anti-gay laws passed in Africa, Wainaina publicly announced that he was gay, first writing an essay that he described as a "lost chapter" of his 2011 memoir entitled "I am a Homosexual, Mum", and then tweeting: "I am, for anybody confused or in doubt, a homosexual. Gay, and quite happy.
To participate, read the below guidelines
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
• Entries must be 1500 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum
• Entries are welcomed from anywhere in the world, but must concern human rights concerns in Africa
• Stories must have Human Rights at heart.
• Only one story per entrant
• The Story must be a new and original piece of work. The Story must not have been published in any form or awarded previously.
• Incomplete submissions will not be considered or acknowledged.
• All submissions must be written by a single author.
• Deadline for submissions is 30th June, 2022
• Winners will be announced on the 30th of July 2022
• Any signs of plagiarism will disqualify the entrant.
• IHRAF reserves the right to withdraw and reclaim the financial value of the prize if it is discovered that a writer has fabricated any information in their submission.
• Organizers’ decision is final
All entrants agree to offer IHRAF first world rights, with the right to publish selected work on its website, as well as in hard-copy book format
• All entries must be submitted to: [email protected] and also copy [email protected].
• Entries should be uploaded in a DOC format. The first page should include the Title of the story and the number of words.
• Title of your mail should be addressed as “AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS SHORT STORY PRIZE”
Entrants are advised to send the following information alongside their entries
• i. Name
• ii. Age
• iii. Gender
• iv. Country
• v. Address
• vi. Phone Number
• vii. Where you heard about the Call for entries
• viii. Short Profile about yourself.
• x. Name of school or university if any
• It is your responsibility to ensure that your submission is eligible for the prize. By entering your work for the Prize you are confirming to us that the work that you are submitting is your own original work, and that you have read and agreed to the Conditions of Entry of the Prize.
• We will write to everyone who entered for the Prize and inform them of the outcome of their application once the judging process has concluded.

African Human Rights Short Story Prize is an initiative of the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), USA aimed at promoting and supporting the realization of human rights in Africa.

For more enquiries contact: Wole Adedoyin +2348072673852 ([email protected])

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