The Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) has unveiled its 18 residents for West African writers. 120 applications were received from nine West African countries for the residency program which is supported by the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the Cultural Program of the European Union (ACP-EU ) for West Africa. Residents will be in Accra, Ghana from March to July 2022.
Among the writers is Molara Wood, author of Indigo, a collection of short stories published by Parresia in 2013. Wood is a journalist, cultural critic and activist. His writing experience spans two decades. She has done extensive editorial work on many books, including novels by major writers.
His short stories, flash fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous publications. These include African Literature Today, Chimurenga, Farafina Magazine, Sentinel Poetry, DrumVoices Revue, Sable Literary Magazine, Eclectica Magazine, The New Gong Book of New Nigerian Short Stories and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories to name but a few. only a few. She currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
Also participating is Shedrack Opeyemi Akanbi, a Nigerian writer. He is currently completing his BA in History and International Studies at the University of Ilorin. He is the winner of the Unilorin Poetry Prize from the Faculty of Arts in 2018.
Since 2018 Shedrack has been published in Kalahari Review, Praxis Online Magazine, The Roadrunner Review, Lagos Review, Olongo Africa and elsewhere. He won the University of Ilorin Student Union Fiction Prize in 2020, was shortlisted for the Eriata Oribhabor Prize for Poetry (EOPP) and recently won the PIN Poetry Written Prose Competition in October 2021 .
Okupe Mofiyinfoluwa is a Nigerian writer whose work includes poetry and long-form personal essays. His interests primarily revolve around non-fiction; personal essays that distill my lived experiences in relation to society at large, a particularly keen interest in exploring the position of women in society, alongside broader constructions of gender. His work has been published in Kalahari Review, Agbowo Magazine, IceFloe Press Magazine and is forthcoming in Guernica. His essay “Our Bodies Are Always Ready” received nearly 10,000 views, which led to me being selected for an exclusive pilot program for writers on Medium.
Akumbu Uche is an emerging writer currently transitioning from short fiction to longer prose forms and novels. His short stories have appeared in Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review and Qarrtsiluni. His literary influences are both local and global, including African social realists such as Cyprian Ekwensi and Chukwuemeka Ike; British classics by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens plus contemporary Japanese women’s writing by Banana Yoshimoto and Mieko Kawakami. He is influenced by traditional African traditions of oral storytelling and has been a member of writing and literary groups such as the Abuja Writers Forum and the Abuja Literary Society.
Immaculata Abba is a freelance writer, photographer and researcher based in Abuja, Nigeria. She earned an MA in Global and Imperial History at Oxford University and a double first in History and Comparative Literature at the University of London. She was one of six out of 500 applicants to be awarded the inaugural African Arguments Journalism Fellowship 2021. Her work focuses on studying aspects of coloniality in Nigeria before and after independence.