AE-FUNAI VC Advocates for Creative Writing among Universities Students

The Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI),  Ebonyi State Prof Chinedum Nwajiuba, on Friday said creative writing would assist in curbing the menace of cultism, armed robbery, hooliganism that have bedeviled the society.

The Vice-Chancellor spoke during the 2nd Creative writing competition, 2019 organized by the university with the theme: “Harmony” for both Students and Staff of AE-FUNAI.

He said that in addition to the acquisition of knowledge, the purpose of the University was intended to assist in harnessing the talents and gifting inherent in students, that such development would position the undergraduates for greater academic exploits amongst their peers.

Presenting various categories of awards and prizes in Poetry, Drama and Short stories to Staff and Students of the university who participated in the annual competition, he urged the organizers to maintain the zeal of the competition, in other to increase the number of participants and make AE-FUNAI the best among it’s equals in country and beyond.

The initiator and Torchbearer of the Creative Writing Competition of AE-FUNAI, Prof G.M.T Emezue said that a total of 240 entries comprising submissions in the genres of Poetry, Drama and short stories were received from Staff and Students of the institution.

Prof. Emezue said, “After this verification exercise, the Committee went in for the third round of screening, where all the entries on the shortlist were reviewed collectively. Also, the entries that were screened out were equally reviewed, to ensure that the yardstick for judgement was equally applied to all entries.  From the exercise, the final shortlist will be used in announcing the winning titles and winners of the competition.”

“Finally, I must confess that all we are doing here today wouldn’t have been possible without the support and vision of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Chinedum Nwajiuba, who is also endowed with the vision of the third sight.  As a creative writer, in his own right, I am happy that he has thought it necessary to sow and nurture the seeds of creative enterprises in the fertile soil of AE-FUNAI.”

The representative of the Federal Ministry of Education at the University Counci, Mrs. Anyaoku, in a remark commended the university for initiating the creative writing competition for both students and staff, adding that the initiative would lead to the discovery and development of future writers in the country.

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