It was book time and fun time as literary enthusiasts thronged the seminar hall of the Daily Income Stores, Old Refinery Road, Port Harcourt, venue of the Public Presentation of Anaele Ihuoma’s three books, February 3, 2019.
Dr. Wale Okediran, Founder of Ebedi International Writers Residency, Iseyin, and former president of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) was among literary personalities who graced the public presentation of the Port Harcourt- based author’s most recent efforts.
The books – Imminent River, a novel, One Day With the Hounds, a play, and The Sea Route to Señorita’s Heart, short story collection, were unveiled by a group of writers, academics, educationists, business and clerical personalities. The occasion which included book signings, panel discussions, spoken word poetry and cultural extravaganza, was chaired by Associate Professor NHA Nwafor, Head, Department of Educational Foundations, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt.
The Special Guest, Dr. Wale Okediran commended the author for his painstaking effort in writing the books and restated his (Okediran’s) commitment to the growth and development of literature and the writing industry.
Imminent River was completed while the author was a writer-in-residence at the Ebedi International Writers Residency, Iseyin, which was founded by Dr. Okediran and has since nurtured a vast array of writers drawn from all over Africa. The novel Imminent River, published by Lagos-based Narrative Landscape Press, was reviewed by Comrade Chris Nkoro of the Department of English and Language Arts, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, who “highly recommended” it as “a valuable collection to Africa’s literary corpus”.
Other writers and personalities present were Dr. K.T. Jegede, Rivers State Coordinator of the National Teachers Institute, Chief Tony Ihuoma, MD, Acconci Global, Dr. Obari Gomba, renowned author, critic and don at the University of Port Harcourt, while Mal. Denja Abdullahi, President of the Association of Nigerian Authors was represented by Vice-President Camillus Ukah.
Also present were Hon Ernest Onuoha, member of ANA national executive council as well as Uzo Nwamara, chairman, Rivers State branch of ANA, and his vice chairman, Ekaete George, the personable gender rights and development advocate. Mr. Biokpo Joshua West regaled the audience with his spoken word poetry performance. Anaele Ihuoma, national auditor of ANA, had previously published four poetry collections including one online.