YELF MENTORSHIP INITIATIVE 2021 EDITION
The Creative Writing Program (CWP) of Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation (YELF) is happy to announce the second edition of the YELF Mentorship Initiative 2021.
This year’s edition is comprised of twelve (12) mentees selected from the Creative Writing Clubs of CWP within Kaduna state.
Below are the bios of the mentors of this year’s edition of YMI;
Halima Aliyu holds a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She is a Writer, an Organizer and an Editor. She is also the founder of Ayamba Litcast; an online literary space for podcasts, book reviews, interviews, and a home for emerging African writers.
In 2005, she was a beneficiary of the Niger State Teen Authorship Scheme which saw the publication of her first book—a novella titled, One Little Trick, One Painful Death. Her book of short stories, Fire on the Tip of Ice was shortlisted for the ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for Short Story. Halima is an Alumna of the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop, 2012. She was a Writer-in-Residence at the Ebedi International Writers’ Residency, Iseyin in 2015. She was awarded the Marine Platforms Award for her writing at the Ake Festival in 2015.
Her works have appeared in: Prufrock, Dugwe, Expound, Literary Oasis, Praxis Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques, Brittle Paper, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, African Writer, and a few other places. She has read her work at prestigious fora in the country including the French Cultural Center Abuja, and the Abuja Writers’ Forum (AWF).
Halima mentors young adults in creative writing and teaches basic literacy to Almajiri boys in Kaduna.
TJ Benson is a writer and visual artist whose work explores the body in the context of memory, migration, utopia and the unconscious self. His short story collection “We Won’t Fade into Darkness” was published by Paressia and his novel “The Madhouse” is being published by Masobe Books, Penguin Random House SA. He is an Ebedi Fellow and will be a 2021 Fall Resident at the Iowa Writers’ Program.
Namse Udosen has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Planning from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is the author of Fundamental Etiquette for Young Nigerians and School Plant Management in Nigeria. He also has a free eBook for children Silly Sally which has been translated to Hausa language.
Namse is a teacher with a passion for children’s literature. His works have appeared in “Writers Space Africa Magazine”, “Daily Trust Newspaper”, “Qwenu Magazine”, and “Curriculum Studies Journal” amongst others. He has featured as a special guest on radio and TV stations across Nigeria and several literary fora. He was named the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation’s Artist of the Month for September, 2020.
Namse is the President of Writers Space Africa (Nigerian chapter). He is also the Public Relations Officer of African Writers Development Trust and has served on the Board of Jury for the Wakini Kuria Prize for Children’s Literature since 2019.
Namse also organizes the Tanar Kaduna Bookathon. This is a project that gets volunteers to create new culturally relevant books for Nigerian children.
Attached below are flyers of the selected Mentees for this month’s YELF mentorship Initiative (YMI) 2021 Edition and their respective Mentors