AW/Manchester University collaboration flagged off

From L to R: Dr. Aba, (BSU), Laura Joyce (MU), Chuma Nwokolo (AW), Dr Kombol (BSU), Damola Pedro (MU), Holly Ringland (MU), Geoff Ryman (MU), Dr. Bashir (TSU), and Fumnanya Oboite (MU)

October 2010 saw the official commencement of the collaboration between African Writing (AW) and the University of Manchester (UM) in a creative writing project with partner universities, the Benue State University (BSU) and the Taraba State Universities (TSU), both in Nigeria. For the first time, the main participants in the British Council sponsored project came together in a week of workshops and briefings in Manchester, which included a public lecture by Chuma Nwokolo on 13th October. The top photograph shows the representatives of the four collaborating institutions, as well as four student volunteers (Laura, ‘Danmola, Holly & Fumnanya) from the University of Manchester.

Chuma Nwokolo (AW) with volunteers from the University of Manchester (L-R) Laura Joyce, Holly Ringland, Fumnanya Oboite, and Oyindamola Pedro.

Photographs: Michael Addelman