The Abuja Writers Forum (AWF) has scheduled May 30 to play host to three upcoming artists. They are Despan Kwardem who is a budding novelist, Zainab Sule, a growing guitarist/ songwriter) and Sylvia Bethel, a promising singer.
The May 30 series in the activities of AWF, which will also feature raffle draw for book prizes, will be held at Nanet Suites, Abuja and is expected to commence at 4pm.
Despan was born in Plateau state and finished at the Boys’s Secondary School Gindiri and University of Agriculture, Makurdi graduating with a degree in Food Science and Technology in 1994.
However he caught the writing bug during his national service period in Lagos, when he decided to document some tough situations he was confronting.
He is currently the Technical Assistant to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth Development, and the Drama Director of the Youth Fellowship in his Church. He lives with his wife, Patience and two sons in Abuja.
Zainab Sule and Sylvia Bethel will pep up the session with a variety of musical interventions, ranging from soft-rock to jazz. For Zainab, the show is part of her annual month long tour to promote her music. These tours have been significant in gaining recognition for her brand and of music. Her songs are charactersised by intense lyrics and a laid back style. It is really no wonder her fans dub her the Queen of Soft Rock.
Sylvia has an operatic background, having trained with the legendary Laz Ekwueme. Her musical interests are eclectic and she combines singing with songwriting. She is currently working on her debut album.
The Guest Writer Session which started in June 2008 has established a reputation as the most consistent literary event in the country and has featured an enviable list of emerging and established writers. [myad]