By Shittu Opeyemi
In a quest to promoting writing among youth and creative minds Imodoye Writer Enclave (ile-IWE) organized an educative, entertaining and interactive a-day workshop.
The Workshop is a meeting ground for intellectuals and creative mind with burning desire to write and become a better and prolific writer and to educate young writers on how to go around about publishing their works.
The organization Imodoye Writer Enclave (ile-IWE) is an infant organization established and commission on 12th march, 2020 by Dr. Usman Oladipo Akanbi who is a brother to Kwara State University (KWASU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi.
The workshop was organized by the founder Dr. Usman Oladipo Akanbi of the organization with the help of his manager Mr. Adamu Danjuma, a student of French in university of ilorin.
Dr. Usman Oladipo Akanbi took it upon himself as a humanitarian and community service in harnessing potential and creativity in youths channeling it and at the same time serving as a torch illuminating upcoming writer’s ways and a guide to put young writers through in the quest of their journey as a writer.
While interviewing Dr. Usman Oladipo Akanbi he enunciated about what brought about the establishing of Imodoye Writers Enclave, he expressed the challenges he faced in Niger State in the process of writing which includes the huge cost of publishing in Nigeria which he pulls through and now want to use his influence and family’s influence as one of prominent family in Ilorin to help others who might be in financial difficulty in publishing their works.
Dr. Usman Oladipo Akanbi said he sees it as a community service to support and fill the void as a result of financial difficulty the writing world and also sees it as a prototype which hopefully others who are passionate about writing as him will emulate.
The organization offers her readily assistance to promising writer who finds it difficult in publishing due to monetary factor by helping them pay a certain percentage of amount of the publishing cost and to train and mentor creative youths with passion to write.
Dr. Usman Oladipo Akanbi was once a faculty president and an S.U.G president in Unilorin. He is a former chairman of Association of Nigerian Author (ANA) Ilorin Chapter. Although he holds a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics, he has published various book; novels dramas and anthologies which Include “labake Isale Eko, Weevils on Grains, Tales across the plains” among other and his recently published midlife memoir titled ‘’Connecting with my past”
Various intellectuals, authors and publishers were invited to share in their experiences challenges, ins and outs of writings and publishing and life as a writer. The special guests of invitees include
Mr. Babayemi an author and playwright, Dr. Damilare Daniel Atolaagbe; a lecturer in English language and communication Kwarapoly Ilorin, Mallam Abdur Rahman Adebayo Aderinde; Chairman, Association of Nigerian Author (ANA) Ilorin Chapter, Dr. Isiaka Aliagan; a publisher, National Publicity, Journalist guardian newspaper correspondentand and Dr. Rex; Rextun Publishing Company among others.