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article imageNigerian writers want better deal Special

By Samuel Okocha     May 29, 2013 in Entertainment
The Association of Nigerian Writers ANA wants to create a viable and affordable publishing outlet for young and budding writers. The Lagos branch of ANA says the intitiative will help authors tackle some of the challenges of writing in Nigeria.
"In the same vein there will be a reputable Guild of Editors to help with production of quality works," ANA says in a statement following its recently concluded literary conference.
Nigeria boasts of world renowned writers, but there are others, many and relatively unknown, struggling to earn a living from the craft.
Former chairman of the Lagos branch of ANA, Folu Agoi says piracy remains one of the major challenges of writing in Nigeria. "If your book is good that's a new problem because that's when you have pirates coming in to reap where they didn't sow," Agoi notes.
On motivation for writers, Dr. Chukwunyere Chukwu who has authored several books says young writers should avoid focusing on money. He assures talented writers that money would come in due course but adds that budding authors must remember writing as ''an embodiment of passion."
As part of efforts to encourage budding and talented writers, the Association of Nigerian Authors plans to revive its relationship with established literary and art organizations and execute literary projects that would include award of literary prizes.
Below is an audio slideshow from a recent literary conference where some Nigerian writers spoke about their experiences and challenges.
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