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Authors seek endowment fund to stimulate creativity


Abuja – The Vice-President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Mr Denja Abdullahi, has called for the establishment of an endowment fund to stimulate creativity.

Abdullahi made the call in an interview wiith the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

“One of the critical snags to the operations of ANA is obviously the scarcity of funds to execute our plans.

“It is my opinion that over-dependence on government and political office holders has had negative effect on our growth as a body.

“This makes it imperative for ANA to cooperate with relevant stakeholders to establish a national endowment fund for arts so that the creative sector can access funds for viable projects.’’

Abdullahi said the association was in a unique position to impact positively on the nation’s cultural and socio-economic development.

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“I want to see the Writers’ Resort in Abuja built with all the projected facilities and operated as a viable business.

“This will yield much needed revenue for ANA and help make it financially independent.’’

He suggested that ANA should establish linkages with other writers’ unions in Africa and the world to make the association globally visible.

“This will help to galvanise Africa through the literacy and cultural fronts in line with the contemporary world.

“I will like to see the full return of ANA to its fundamental objectives of being a writer’s craft union that will be committed to the advancement of the interest of its members.

“This will be within the overall pursuit of building and maintaining an egalitarian society.

“To this end, we hope to make workshops, seminars and conferences regular in ANA,’’ Abdullahi said. (NAN)

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