Uche Akunebu, Doug Kaze and Nnaemeka Okere will kick-start the 2017 literary season of Abuja Writers Forum (AWF), as they share the spotlight during the February 25 Guest Writer Session at Nanet Suites.
Akunebu is a journalism teacher with International Institute of Journalism (IIJ), Abuja, and the cice- chairman of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Abuja chapter. He is a public scholar, poet, playwright and essayist. He has authored a number of books.
Kazé was born to civil servant parents in the city of Jos, where he was educated at St. Murumba College and the University of Jos. As a child, he was drawn to music, listening to his father’s reggae collections and watching keenly the likes of New Edition, Michael Jackson and Bob Marley on television. As a teenager in the 1990s, he fell in love with hip-hop and rhythm and blues.
On the other hand, local folk music had always been available in his community as he grew up. After several failed attempts at starting an independent music group, in 2004, eventually, he founded a rock band, Trybe of the Sealed.
Recently in December 2016, he released his second album titled Paradigm Shift. Doug’s drive is to provide thought-provoking lyrics that address social issues and promote love and peace in society.
Okere is from Imo state, Nigeria. He obtained his BA (ED) in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Uyo, Nigeria. He is a member of the Abuja Literary Society, and Abuja Writers Forum.
The Guest Writer Session, which also features a raffle-draw for books, runs from 4-7pm and is open to the public.