Seasoned, award-winning authors from all the states in the South-South will converge in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, from Monday, January 3, to Wednesday, January 5, 2022 for the formal inauguration of the Bayelsa Chapter of the South-South Writers’ Union (SOSOWU).
According to Amatare Mozimo and Ebipreye Egbenpere, Chairman and Secretary of the Local Organising Committee, other itinerary lined up include excursions to reading facilities and cultural sites of interest as part of literary tourism experience in Bayelsa State.
In a statement, the organizers noted that “On Day One of the event, Monday January 3, 2022, the Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Kingdom, King Bubaraye Dakolo, is billed to play host to the visiting guests at his palace in Gbarantoru by 2pm prompt to share his motivation and experiences in his book, “The Riddle of the Oil Thieves”.
“The King shall also lead the visitors on a guided tour to literary sites of interest in and around the ancient kingdom of Ekpetiama, including a tour to the famous River Nun, which forms the basis of the late Gabriel Okara’s poem, “The Call of the River Nun”
“Day Two of the event, on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, holds at the Azaiki Public Library along Imgbi Road, Yenagoa by 9am prompt and shall feature the formal inauguration of the Bayelsa State Chapter of SOSOWU, Investiture/Awards of Patrons of the body and a lecture cum panel discussion to be anchored by renowned bookpreneur, Mr Gbenebara Akpobari Oyinkuro, on the theme: “Writing as Business in the Niger Delta: Bridging the Wide Gap!”
“Dignitaries lined up as patrons of the august body to be conferred with the “Living Literary Legend of Letters Honour are: Prof Steve Azaiki; Hon. (Dr) Fred Agbedi; King Bubaraye Dakolo; Chief Lambert Ototo; Dr Akpos Adesi; and Mrs Anette David-West.
“Others are: Dr. Emelah Gentle; Dr Iti Orugbani, Hon. Ted Elemeforo; Hon. Mitema Obordor and Prof. Barclays Ayakoroma”.
It added that there will also be a guided tour to the Niger Delta Heritage Museum at the Azaiki Public Library as well as some major libraries and bookshops in Yenagoa.