Nigerian Poet Nominated For U.S. Writing Programme


Wana Udobang, a Nigerian poet, writer and spoken word artist, has been selected by the United States Department of State to take part in the 54th International Writing Programme (IWP) Fall Residency.

The U.S. Consulate Pierangelo, in Lagos had said this in a statement issued by Temitayo Famutimi, the Consulate’s information specialist.

According to the statement, Udobang would join 29 other writers from across the globe in the world’s oldest and largest multinational writing residency which will hold at University of Iowa over the course of 11 weeks. The award-winning writer, alongside other participants, will give readings and lectures that share their work and cultures.

She would also partner with artists from other genres and art forms, and travel to interact with audiences and literary communities across the United States. The statement reads;

“This is an extremely competitive programme and we are proud to have you represent Nigeria.

“Your accomplishments as a poet and writer are well-known and we hope this is an opportunity for you to take time to focus on your writing.

“It is an opportunity to connect with well-established writers from around the globe, learn more about the United States, and contribute to literature courses both at the University of Iowa and across the country,” Pierangelo said.

Source; Tale Tela

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