Bintou Sanneh, a member of the Gambian Writers Association and youth activist is among four female authors from West Africa currently in Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria taking part in the June/July the 2019 EbediWriters Residency Session.
The Ebedi International Writers Residency is a private initiative for writers to complete their ongoing works in a conducive environment at no cost.
Since its inception, in 2012, the facility has hosted more than 100 writers from 10 different African countries.
It also offers publishing opportunities to its Fellows through an arrangement with one of Nigeria’s foremost publishing outfits, the Literamed Publishers, Oregun Lagos.
Sanneh who speaks both French and English is on her maiden visit to Nigeria and she will be spending her time at the Ebedi Residency to complete her first novel.
She will also use the time to interact with secondary school students in Iseyin and environs in the areas of creative writing, and Gambian culture.
Other participants are Josephine OduraAttafuah of Ghana, Rabiat Muhammed Oyindamola and Damilola Omotoyinbo both of Nigeria.
The Residency has also benefited from the support of the Belgium based Arts Moves Africa (AMA) for the provision of air tickets for her foreign based Fellows as well as the support of the Association Of Nigerian Authors (ANA), The Wole Soyinka Foundation, the Bukar Usman Foundation as well as many notable Nigerian Newspapers and Educational Institutions.
The support of the banking industry and other private philanthropists has bolstered the residency’s commitment for the promotion of literature and cultural Integration across the African continent and beyond.