Women writers can help in nation building – Etisalat

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Ebi Atawodi, Head of High Value Events and Sponsorships, Etisalat Nigeria, on Wednesday urged various stakeholders to help boost the skills of women writers by patronising them.

Atawodi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos at a programme tagged: “Woman Rising Initiative” that celebrating literary works by female writers would encourage them to work harder.

According to her, it is needful to give women a voice in the development of a nation and writing is one of the avenues to do that.

“Literary works go a long way to correct, educate, communicate and inform the society of the happenings around it.

“Through women, we can also encourage our children to write and express their minds from their own points of view.

“The society needs a lot of women writers and so we must encourage them to develop and sharpen their writing skills,’’ she said.

Atawodi said that last year was an eventful one for women writers with the emergence of three female finalists in the Etisalat prize in literature.

She noted that it had depicted the depth of creativity in our women in general and women writers in particular.

Atawodi said that the company believed firmly that arts and culture could foretell creative ideas, adding, “we are proud to be an active sponsor of literary arts through the Woman Rising Initiative.’’

“I believe it is a testament to the literary ability of the African woman,” she said.

That was why we decided “we support fiction and other forms of literary works and International Women’s Day Programme’’ as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment.

Ugoma Adegoke, co-founder and curator for The Life House Art said, “the arts have the power to heal, delight, and create joy and togetherness’’.

Adegoke, the initiator of “Woman Rising Initiative”, said the programme was his organisation’s contribution toward promoting arts, culture and writing in the country.

He said that it was also a way of encouraging women and celebrating them.

“Writing has been offering unique quality of life to our children and ourselves, and we can’t relent from writing and telling our stories,’’ he said.

He commended Etisalat for sponsoring the event which he said was aimed at seeking strategic and sustainable support for arts and culture in Nigeria.

NAN reports that women from different works of life read short stories, poems and exciting excerpts from various female authors at the event.