Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Casey Imafidon Kick-Starts Awf Season

Writer, Journalist and Filmmaker, Casey Imafidon kick-starts the first quarter of the Abuja Writers Forum's with readings from his short story collection, Ajegunle Saturday, February 23.

The event which comes up at Hamdala Plaza, Plot 23, Jimmy Carter Street, off Protea Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja will bring the Lagos bred, Edo State indigene face to face with the reading public.

Imafidon has been writing since he was nine years old and studied at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism and specialized in Broadcast Journalism. He also studied film production at the SAE Institute in South Africa.

His writing has appeared in various publications and online magazines and his first published book, "Effects", is a study of youthful exuberance and revolves around the relationship between the weird, strikingly peculiar and physically unkempt Simisola and the deported felon, Ronald Adetokunbo.

His latest book, "Ajegunle", is part of an ongoing project to map Lagos in the context of stories. The short stories metaphorically compare daily living in Ajegunle to a larger Nigerian picture. It tells the story of tough persons who grapple with the hardships of existing in West Africa's most populated slum, driven by the passion to succeed against all odds.

According to Okechukwu Uwaezuoke, editor of Thisday Arts and Review, "Casey Imafidon's style of writing paints a vivid description to the reader, biting and consuming, he holds you to the last page."

He has also worked on film scripts with the likes of Onyeka Nwelue and Iyke Okogwu and is the in-house film director for Eagles and Angels, a Lagos-based production outfit.

He has since also obtained professional training and certifications in Project Management, Creative Writing and Public Relations and does stints in Corporate Communication.

The Guest Writer Session, an initiative of the Abuja Writers' Forum(AWF), debuted in June, 2008 and has run non-stop, providing a valuable platform for budding and established writers to showcase their publications. It has become the template for similar interventions across the country.

The February 23 edition of the Guest Writer Session starts at 4pm and will include the usual side attractions of poetry performance, mini art exhibition, and a raffle-draw as well as live music. The Abuja Writer's Forum meets three Sundays every month and hosts a reading on every last Saturday at the International Institute of Journalism, Hamdala Plaza, Asokoro, Abuja.

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