Zaynab Alkali, Ecuadorian diplomat entrall at June Guest Writer Session

Zaynab Alkali, Ecuadorian diplomat entrall at June Guest Writer Session
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By Tosin Omoniyi

The June Guest Writer Session featured writer, Zainab Alkali,  alongside  the Ecuadorian Ambassador, Mr Leopoldo Rovayo Verdesoto and musician David Adzer.

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Zaynab Alkali,  according to a press statement sent to Aljazirah Newspapers was born in Tura-Wazila in Borno State, and is considered the first major female novelist from Northern Nigeria.

Her latest novel, Invisible Borders, narrates the reunion of Sam and Safia after years of separation. Presented through the thoughts of Safia, the story unfolds as an exploration of friendship, love, betrayal and sacrifice.

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Her previous novels are Stillborn, The Virtuous Woman, The Descendants and The Initiates.

Alkali is a Professor of Literature at the Nassarawa State University and currently the chairperson of the governing board of the National Library of Nigeria.

Mr Leopold Verdosoto, is the First Ambassador of Ecuador to Nigeria. A career diplomat, he has previously done tours of duty in Peru and Spain. He gave a talk on contemporary Ecudorian Literature.

Although Ecuador has produced some great writers, the authors are not widely known outside the country when compared to other writers within  Latin America. Many of the works are in Spanish and have not been translated and this could account for the lack of wider appreciation outside Latin America.

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As usual, the Guest Writer Session had live music interludes this time with David Adzer, a songwriter and guitarist.

The Guest Writer Session which also features a raffle-draw for books, runs from 4-7pm and is open to the public.

The Abuja Writer’s Forum also runs a weekly Citique Session and a Creative Writing Workshop series and it is in its 9th year.

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