Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Yusuf Ali, has supported for the eighth consecutive time, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), nationwide literary campaign with the sum of N3m. The association received the funding on Tuesday, January 7, 2019.
Beneficiaries of the fund, ANA says, are association’s chapters who are fully registered online, working with state education institutions and possessing innovative approaches to literary awareness campaign.
According to the association’s publicity secretary, south region, Wole Adedoyin, part of the ANA/Yusuf Ali 2018 funding was deployed to the training of 15 selected chairmen of ANA chapters in an intensive workshop which focused on innovations in contemporary literary awareness campaigns, to heighten project execution in the future.
“We thank Yusuf Ali (SAN), for his consistent and yet-to-bematched generosity in supporting literary awareness in the country, and we call on other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate his gesture of support for the literary arts,” urged Adedoyin.
Since SAN Ali’s pledge to support the association with an annual life grant in 2015, (though ANA secured the grant in 2012), the legal practitioner, who is the principal partner at the law firm, Yusuf O Ali & Co, in Ilorin has been consistent with the support.
Ali attended the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), previously known as the University of Ife, Ile Ife.
His interests extend beyond legal expertise to an abiding passion for literature, which has seen him, support the Kwara State branch of the association, to the public presentation of a book in 2017, entitled, Anatomy of Corruption In Nigeria.
He has also consistently hosted ANA’s National Executive Council (NEC) members, chairmen and secretaries of the association’s chapters.
He is also an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, and has served as an Editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Bar Journal.
The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), has tasked government, politicians and federal agencies not to heat up the polity with desperate measures to acquire power in the upcoming elections.
Rather, the association advised contenders, incumbents and stakeholders to let the people’s will expressed at the polling centres prevail, and “let Nigerians have a country after the elections.”
Speaking for the association’s National Executive Council (NEC), which convened recently, President Mallam Denja Abdullahi said, “Careless and inciting utterances and disorderly conduct by political players in the country constitute a threat to the peace and harmony in our nation at a time like this.
Concerned agencies and government (should) work towards curbing this ugly development by ensuring strict adherence to due process, rule of law, and the constitution of this country.”
The Association also announced the theme of its 38th Annual International Convention, Literature, Nationalism and the Poetics of National Integration, scheduled to take place from October 31, to November 3, 2019.
Host state is yet to be announced, as bidding for the convention is not yet underway. ANA NEC also admonished its moribund chapters and chapters with perpetuated leaders to handover leadership to sole administrators, to be appointed by the NEC – who will conduct elections at the chapters in order to facilitate its full functionality within three months.
Members were also advised to submit their membership forms, as well as complete their online membership registration before March 30.
Defaulting branches, NEC said, run the risk of being de-registered and excluded from benefitting from subsequent national projects and initiatives.
The online registration forms part of the association’s online database project and documentation of the association’s membership to enhance the association’s strategic development plan, of which Mallam Abdullahi said would be pursued to a viable conclusion.
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