22 African Women Writers selected by the African Women’s Development Fund to Participate in a Creative Non Fiction Writers Workshop

6-logoname-transThe African Women’s Development Fund, (AWDF) is pleased to announce that after a competitive application process, 22 African women writers have been selected to take part in its first creative non-fiction writer’s workshop. This is the first of a series of workshops intended to give African women writers the space, time and enhanced skills to write in compelling ways about a range of social, economic and political issues of concern.This event is being organized in collaboration with the Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE). The lead facilitators for this workshop are award winning writers Mamle Kabu and Yewande Omotoso.

The successful applicants are as follows:

Abena Kyere – Ghana

Adegbeye Olutimehin – Nigeria

Alexis Teyie – Kenya

Amina Doherty – Nigeria

Beatrice Lamwaka – Uganda

Chinelo Sylvia Onwualu – Nigeria

Comfort Mussa – Cameroon

Deborah Frempong – Ghana

Eunice Kilonzo – Kenya

Fafa Yvonne Quashigah – Ghana

Florence Khaxas – Namibia

Fungai Rufaro Machirori – Zimbabwe

Hannah Wanja Maina – Kenya

Jennifer Thorpe – South Africa

Kagure Mugo – South Africa/Kenya

Kechi Nomu – Nigeria

Moiyattu Banya – Sierra Leone

Njoki Wamai – Kenya

Rita Nketiah – Ghana

Ritah Atwongyeire – Uganda

Tendai Garwe – Zimbabwe

Valérie Dginia Bah – Benin/Haiti

AWDF’s creative non-fiction workshop aims to support African women writers who seek to use the power of the written word to highlight issues around women’s rights and social justice. Theo Sowa, AWDF’s CEO states, “We know that as African women, we are in the best position to tell the world our multiple, diverse stories and yet those stories continue to be told predominantly by others. So we are delighted to have such a diverse and talented group of African women writers taking part in our very first writers’ workshop and intend to facilitate relationships between these writers and media outlets all over the world in order to amplify the voices of African women.”

This workshop has been made possible through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Source : www.awdf.org


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