* Workshop to reawaken literary exploits of Balewa, Zungur, Tahir
ANA@40 nationwide 10-city celebration train will berth in Bauchi, Bauchi State, North-East of Nigeria on October 13 – 14, 2021, when the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), in collaboration with the Department of Leisure and Tourism Management, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, holds a workshop on ‘Literary Tourism Through Creative Writing for Tourism Education in Nigeria.’ The workshop, to be facilitated by resource persons from the association and staffers of the Department of Leisure and Tourism Management of the polytechnic, is designed for about 50 selected students and will involve literary tourism, focused paper presentations and a field trip to literary tourism sites and monuments in Bauchi City.
According to Public Relation Officer (North), Umar Yogiza Jr., “Part of the broad objectives of the workshop is to awaken interest in a much neglected aspect of tourism, which is literary tourism, and to inculcate in the participants the skills of creative writing for the purpose of promoting tourism.”
The workshop holds against the backdrop of the fact that Bauchi town in particular was home to and still contains the relics and sites of three prominent Nigerian writers who played significant roles in the nation’s political evolution. They are Nigeria’s first Prime Minister and author of the novel Shaihu Umar, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, foremost nationalist and popular poet, Sa’adu Zungur, and academic, politician and author of The Last Imam, Dr. Ibrahim Tahir.
The workshop is expected to reawaken interest in the works of these great writers and many others, and to celebrate the locale that inspired their creativity.