A 200 level student of English and Communication Studies Programme of Federal University Otuoke, Mr. Julius Bokoru has been honoured by the National Executive of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) for his memoir titled “The Angel that was always there”.
Mr. Julius Bokoru was selected among the 10 best writers in Nigeria by the literary hierarchy to pioneer the celebrated Nigerian Writers Series, a project of the National Executive of ANA under the sponsorship of Niger State Government.
Mr. Bokoru stated that the book which is on single parenting though unpublished is a product of his passion for writing, disclosing that the award winning literary piece was written in 2013 at the Ebedi International writers residency, Iseyin, Oyo State.
“I was motivated to write because I just love writing, I feel complete when I write, often when my imagination is sparked-up, writing makes it easier for me to express them”. The young writer said.
Niger State Government led by Dr. Babangida Aliyu had earlier donated 10 Million Naira to ANA as sponsorship for award to 10 selected Nigerian Authors and four Publishing firms to kick start the Nigerian Writers Series.
FUO Media Team gathered that a total of 50 submissions were received by ANA of which 38 were valid and 12 invalid, following an exhaustive screening by literary giants and scholars; Prof. Tanure Ojaide, Prof. Unoma Azuah and Dr. Chuma Nwankolo.
Among the 38 valid manuscript, the editors cleared the under listed 10 for publication as pioneers of the Nigerian Writers Series: Souza Boy by Elias Ozikpu, Cupid’s Catapult by Hannah Onoguwe, Burning Savanna by Hillary.C. Anugba, The Right Choice by Zahradeen Kallah, The Oath by Habib Yaqood.
Others are: Crimson Clouds by Ayodele Arowosegbe, The Threshing Floor by Isaac Ogezi, Cat Eyes by Pever X, The Angel That Was Always There (Memoir) by our Julius Bokoru and Patriots and Sinners by Nnenna Ihebom.
The Selected publishing firms awarded the publishing contract include: The Book Company, Jemie Books, Kraftbooks and Parresia Publishers Limited.
Mr. Bokoru who said a letter of Contract has been issued to him advised his fellow students not to allow any challenge stop them from achieving their goal, urging those with the flair for writing not to be discouraged.
“I will advise my colleagues who love writing to always write and should not be discouraged by any factor” he said.
He further thanked the Governor of Niger State for the support, describing his effort as exemplary and called on more Nigerians and organizations to join in the support for Nigerian authors so that literary works will not die in the country.
In a chat with the Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Philomena Ejele, Mr. Julius Bokoru was described as a hardworking student who has proven that spare time can be used by students for positive gains.
The Dean used the medium to advice other students of FUO to engage in personal activities that will bring glory to the Institution.
Meanwhile, Management of Federal University Otuoke has sent the student writer a congratulatory letter through the Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Philomena Ejele, commending him for bringing pride to the University.
The Memoir by Mr. Julius Bokoru which is about 40,000 words is presently being edited for publication by Parresia Publishers and is expected to be launched on August 13, 2014 in Minna by the Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu.