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WE ARE INDEED FISH

It was an exciting evening, at the Savannah Suites yesterday, July 20, 2017, and one to be remembered for a little while.

The event was the ANA Abuja Guest Writer's Session for the month of July featuring multi genre writer, literary critics and legal practitioner, Ahmed Maiwada and his most recent poetry collection, We Are Fish.

The evening commenced with open mic readings by members, including Bolaji Olaiya, David Ishaya Osu, Gertrude Uzoh and Chinyere Obi-Obasi among others who all treated the audience to a bit of their writings. The highlight being Chinyere Obi-Obasi's short story which drew a thunderous applause from the excited crow.

Then come the Adesewo girls, Eyimofe and Eyitoyosi who both performed excerpts of the featured book, 'We Are Fish', to the admiration of the poet and the crowd.

The responsibilities of ushering in the Guest Poet rested on the shoulder of a former Chairman of the chapter, Dr. Seyi Adigun, himself a multi genre writer and that duty he discharged brilliantly as he chronicled Ahmed's literary journey and development as a writer, especially his poetry outputs.

Stepping up the podium, Ahmed Maiwada, adorning himself in his now traditional South South cap, read from 'We Are Fish' with such finesse that helps ensure a better understanding of the philosophy behind the collection which has been adjudged, expected by many as his best so far.

Like they say in debates, his reading and the interactions that follows proved beyond reasonable doubt that we are indeed fish. "This attempt is in no way accidental. No! It was well conceived from the on set. I know what I wanted to do and I went about it word for word, line for line and poem for poem." Maiwada said, adding that he set out to prove the similarities between human and fishes. "If we realise that being fish comes with so much negativity, why don't we just strive to be human that we are for the sake of humanity," he concluded. tea length items to wear of the wedding

Present at the reading were some of the Association's bigwigs at state and national level. The National President, Mallam Denja Abdullahi and the National Legal Adviser, Barrister Isaac Ogezi. Award winning children author and former vice chairman of ANA Abuja, Ms. Teresa Oyibo Ameh, popularly known as Anty Talatu. Former Chairman and retired police chief, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu who was the Special Guest of Honour. Dame Joan Oji and former Secretary and later Vice Chairman of the Abuja chapter, Chief Patrick Oguenjiofor and a host of others.

One thing was sure, Ahmed Maiwada's latest collection is a quality output from a revered writer. The evening and comments from participants bear testimony to that.

Chairman ANA Abuja, Mr. Benjamin Ubiri who also anchored the session said at the beginning of the reading that "this session will be a turning point and the beginning of a series of exciting guest writers session to come," encouraging members and guests to watch out.

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