A novelist and former President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Bayelsa State chapter, Michael Afenfia, has advised up-coming writers in Nigeria to be creative with the use of the social and conventional media in promoting their works.
He gave this advice in Abuja, while hosting readers of his latest episodic work, The Mechanics of Yenagoa, noting that Nigeria’s upcoming writers must attain national relevance in the same class with footballers and musicians.
Afenfia, author of “Don’t Die on Wednesday” and “When the moon caught fire”, said his latest work, The Mechanics of Yenagoa, was motivated by his desire to put his hometown on the global map.
He said, “Literature is life and it mostly reflects the way we live and our daily experiences. “There is an urgent need for writers across all genres to up their game and remove the age-long misleading belief that writers must always appear dirty, rough and poor. “Writers should be signing autographs and have a celebrity status like sportsmen,
movie stars and singers.
“The young writers must devise a means whereby they will be celebrated and accepted.
“Writers must take an advantage of the social and conventional media and create stories out of themselves and their work.”
Afenfia added that, he chose to write the book in episodes because of publishing challenges, and the reading culture in the country. The former ANA President had written seven episodes and read out the eighth episode to the gathering, noting that the work had also been presented in Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos states.