The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has received N3 million funding from Yusuf Ali (SAN) for the ANA/Yusuf Ali nationwide literary awareness campaign.
This was made known in a statement signed by Wole Adedoyin, ANA’s Publicity Secretary (South). The donation, now for the eighth year, was received on January 7, for the 2019 project.
The grant was first secured by the National EXCO of ANA in 2012 and all state chapters of the association received sub-grants of N150,000 at various times between 2012 and 2014 for local literary awareness campaigns involving secondary schools across the country. In 2015, the grant was applied by the then National Executive Council of ANA to host a workshop on fiction writing in Abuja in which about 25 students, drawn from tertiary institutions across the country via a competitive process, participated.
In 2016, the Denja Abdullahi-led National Executive Council of ANA took the literary awareness campaign a notch further by focusing on literary awareness campaigns among tertiary institutions across the country through the States’ chapters. Chapters submitted proposals on envisaged activities based on which they were assessed and sub-grants finally awarded to 16 chapters that met the provisioned requirements. The competitive process was introduced to ensure greater compliance to the overall project vision and to improve on the process of monitoring, evaluation and reportage of the implemented activities.
The grant was used in 2017 to publish three children’s literature titles under the Nigerian Writers Series (NWS) which have been distributed to chapters of ANA nationwide to power ANA‘s A-Book-A-Child nationwide project that was flagged off at the ANA ‘s 36th International convention which held in Makurdi, Benue State in October, 2017 and the phase two of it launched by the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, at the 37th International convention of the association held in Ikeja, Lagos in October,2018.
For the year 2018, the Yusuf Ali grant was deployed to facilitate a comprehensive media supplement on the projects executed with the yearly grants over the years since 2012 to date and an intensive workshop for 15 selected chairmen of ANA chapters focusing on ‘innovations in contemporary literary awareness campaigns’ to deepen the execution of the project in the coming years.
This year’s grant will be given to selected state chapters of the association to carry out ‘innovative and cutting edge’ literary awareness campaigns in their domains.
Ali is an Ilorin-based legal practitioner and philanthropist. He is author of ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’. In 2015, he promised to sustain the annual grant to ANA for life.