About Us
The Association of Nigerian Student Authors (ANSA) is the brainchild of multiple international award-winning Nigerian author Dr. Kennedy Oberhiri Obohwemu. Established in 2007 (and officially recognised by the founding school’s authorities in 2010), ANSA is dedicated to instilling the culture of reading & writing among children, teenagers & younger adults. ANSA provides the platform for this vulnerable population to contribute their quota to the promotion of Nigeria’s rich literary enterprise.

The aim is to get young ones indulged in the literary world from an early age. Let youngsters get involved from infancy (primary schools), adolescence (secondary schools) and young adulthood (tertiary institutions). ANSA provides a viable structural framework to carry youngsters through their entire existence!

ANSA provides the answers in a world where the culture of reading and writing is fast fading among young people.

In seeking this much needed revival, young people should not merely be a part of the process; young people should take over the process.

The persistent struggle for hope, for a better country, a better continent, a better world, requires a belief in youth.

This struggle cannot be sustained by one voice alone.

In the words of former U. S. President Barack Obama, there’s an urgent need to replenish the ranks of young people who are doing the hard work of making change in their communities; young men and women—irrespective of tribal, ethnic or religious inclinations—who reflect these values; young men and women who are poised to lead the way; young men and women who are ready to work in the direction of this vision.

None of us can rest on the accomplishments of the past. Every generation has the opportunity to remake the world. If we live our values and empower our young people, then they can pick up the work of the last 100 years, and lead us into the future.

There can be no greater accomplishment than fortifying youths with the power of the pen!

Upon these solemn principles rest the foundation of ANSA!

 

MISSION

To provide young people with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills, in an effort to support their educational, vocational and personal development.

VISION

To be a leading force in celebrating creative expression and helping young people find their voices and tell their stories through the power of writing and continuous collaboration.

VALUES

We’re dedicated to the core values of excellence, creativity and originality guided by a positive collaborative experience.

A Typical Week in ANSA

We have super active online interactive sessions in our various social media channels. Find below our daily program of events designed to get the best out of our cross-promotion and literary criticism.

Mondays
Dedicated to the promotion of Poetry collections. You can post your poetic pieces here and be sure to get valuable feedback.   You can also enter one of our rave-making literary contests (ANSA POET OF THE WEEK CONTEST) where you stand a chance of winning our prestigious ANSA STANDOUT POEM AWARD along with juicy publicity packages. Take advantage of our Poetry Collabo, where we collaborate to produce brilliant pieces of poetry on this day. Every member gets to contribute to the writing of different poems on the spot, within a specific period of time. Our ANSA Poetry Collabo Contest is also available for members to compete for the best ‘duet’ or ‘collabo’ on weekly basis. Poetry Circus takes full swing on this day as well, where we attempt to demystify various poetic forms (Acrostic, Haiku, Limericks, etc).
Tuesdays
Dedicated to the promotion of Prose (Fiction). You can post excerpts of your prose here for members to offer useful inputs. Again, you can enter another of our rave-making literary contests, ANSA FLASH FICTION CONTEST where you stand a chance of winning our prestigious ANSA FLASH FICTION WRITER AWARD along with juicy publicity packages. ANSA SHORT STORY CONTEST is also available for participation.
Wednesdays
We shall profile notable authors who have contributed significantly to the growth of literature across Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world. With this Author Profile Segment (APS), we aim to tap from the wealth of experience of literary greats. Knowing how they overcame challenges to reach the pinnacle of success will serve as the catalyst to unleash the sleeping giant among young aspiring authors. Our rave-making ANSA CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONTEST is available for participation on this day. This day is also reserved for our Online Interactive Session with top players in the literary world. Rechristened ‘Seasoned Professionals Corner’ (SPC), we shall have the opportunity to meet veterans and major stakeholders in Nigeria’s literary culture, both within and outside the country. We shall all be allowed to ask questions bordering on book publishing, book promotion, author marketing, Search Engine Optimization, and sundry issues as they may interest us.
Thursdays
We shall profile notable authors who have contributed significantly to the growth of literature across Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world. With this Author Profile Segment (APS), we aim to tap from the wealth of experience of literary greats. Knowing how they overcame challenges to reach the pinnacle of success will serve as the catalyst to unleash the sleeping giant among young aspiring authors. Our rave-making ANSA CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONTEST is available for participation on this day. This day is also reserved for our Online Interactive Session with top players in the literary world. Rechristened ‘Seasoned Professionals Corner’ (SPC), we shall have the opportunity to meet veterans and major stakeholders in Nigeria’s literary culture, both within and outside the country. We shall all be allowed to ask questions bordering on book publishing, book promotion, author marketing, Search Engine Optimization, and sundry issues as they may interest us.
Fridays
Dedicated to the promotion of Prose (Non-Fiction) works. You can post your non-fiction collections (essays, critiques, etc) here and be sure to get valuable feedback. Our new ANSA NON-FICTION WRITER OF THE WEEK CONTEST is available for participation. You can also do a non-fiction collabo with any willing ANSA member of your choice and win prizes for doing just that. Our Audio-Visual Session (AVS), which includes our Sounds & Paper segment, holds this day, where random pictures and sounds are released by anchors to test your creative minds. As you see the pictures and listen to the sounds, you can ignite the creative spark in you and come up with spectacular pieces of literary works (poems, prose, essays, etc) based on what appeals to your senses at that very moment.
Saturdays
Reserved for promotion of works outside our primary areas of interest. Termed ‘Secondary Profession Day’ (SPD), we shall dedicate this day to share experiences based on the things we do apart from reading & writing. For example, some of us are talented singers, dancers, painters, entrepreneurs, etc. Some of us have NGOs that are actively involved in community development (visiting orphanage homes, sinking boreholes, etc). Share your other creative gifts with us for the betterment of humanity!
Sundays
Dedicated to rewarding our most committed members. We shall be on the lookout for members who are most active in this literary movement. We will appreciate constant engagement and useful contributions to issues raised. Special rewards shall be given to our Top Recruiters, members who encourage their creative colleagues to be part of this noble group. Notify any of the Board Members of your interest to expand this network by bringing in new members of your kind and get rewarded for doing just that! We shall also use this day to discuss briefly how best we can improve our activities in this group. Useful suggestions shall be entertained as we constantly strive to improve the quality of our services! And of course, we shall announce winners of our weekly literary contests on this special day! At the end of every month and during special holidays (like Christmas, Easter, Sallah, etc), we shall play a fun game where free recharge cards will be made available to participants. Random questions shall be asked based on knowledge of ANSA and winners shall be promptly rewarded! At regular intervals, free recharge cards shall be given out during the said period where only the fastest fingers shall cart away the prize. These games shall also be supplemented with our exciting ANSA Predict & Win Promo where active members get to win recharge cards by correctly predicting winners of major live sporting events (World Cup, Champions League, Wimbledon Finals, NBA Finals, Olympic Games, etc). Finally, every last Sunday of the month, we review our ANSA Book of the Month as part of events organised by our ANSA BOOK CLUB.

Meet Our Team

National Executives

Dr. Kennedy Oberhiri Obohwemu

Dr. Kennedy Oberhiri Obohwemu

Founder, National President & Life Patron

Dr. Kennedy Oberhiri Obohwemu is a medical doctor, publisher, editor, novelist, playwright, poet, activist, motivational speaker, social commentator and blogger. He holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Roehampton, United Kingdom. He also has a postgraduate certificate on Leadership and Management in Health from the University of Washington, USA. He has experience across healthcare, civic leadership, policy formulation and legislative drafting, business and entrepreneurship, community development and youth empowerment. A multiple international award-winning author, Dr. Kennedy is the Founder and National President of the Association of Nigerian Student Authors (ANSA). He is a Fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), an initiative of former U. S. President Barack Obama. Learn more about him here.

Christiana Iye Matthew

Christiana Iye Matthew

National Vice President

Christiana Iye Matthew is a final year student of English and Literary Studies in Federal University, Lokoja, Nigeria. She hails from Ejinya-Eheche in Ankpa LGA of Kogi State. She is the last child of her beloved mother (who by the way was from Anambra State, where Christiana got her Igbo tang). Fondly called Tiana by family and friends, she has always been passionate about literature from an early age. She took part in several literary contests in school, including Wada’s Spelling Bee Competition  (organised by former Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada), where she emerged among the Top Ten finalists. She participated in the 2018 Okada Books Campus Challenge and had her book ‘Beautiful Death’ featured in the online bookstore in recognition of her efforts. Tiana is a novelist and literary critic. She is majorly into prose but ventures into poetry every now and then. Snippets of her book ‘Beautiful Death’ won two standout editions of the ANSA Flash Fiction Writer of the Week Contest. Her recent work ‘Chequered Life’ won the ANSA Short Story Writer of the Month Award (July 2018 Edition). Tiana is the current National Vice President of the Association of Nigerian Student Authors (ANSA) where she regularly rubs minds with fellow young authors. She is part of the team of literary critics who regularly review entries for ANSA’s weekly literary contests.
Emmanuel Christianah

Emmanuel Christianah

National Secretary

Emmanuel Christianah is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Minna. She currently works with United Bank for Africa (UBA). An award-winning author and blogger, she serves as the National Secretary of ANSA. Her third book is due to be published this year.

Job Israel Onoruoiza

Job Israel Onoruoiza

National Assistant General Secretary

Job Israel Onoruoiza is an award-winning poet who has always been passionate about literature from an early age. Fondly called ‘The guy with the leaking pen’, Israel is always on hand to deliver spectacular pieces of poetry. When he isn’t writing, he delves into photography and enjoys playing football. He would like to study law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). He serves as the. National Assistant General Secretary of ANSA.

Ogunmodede Oluwaferanmi

Ogunmodede Oluwaferanmi

National Treasurer

Ogunmodede Oluwaferanmi is a law student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State, Nigeria. An award-winning author, Ranmi loves reading, writing, singing and travelling. Her debut novel Tragic End is near completion and will hit major online bookstores in no distant time. She currently serves as the National Treasurer of ANSA.

Grace David

Grace David

National Financial Secretary

Grace David is a graduate of Kogi State University, Ayingba where she studied law. She was fascinated early in life by words and as soon as she could piece words together she started writing short stories. Along the line she picked up other genres of literature and sees herself as a wordsmith. She is the content editor of Xera and Ablaize magazines. She is also a writing coach and does a lot of freelancing on the side. She is also the team leader of PenPoint.com, an agency for writers. Grace is the author of Ellipsis, a novel set in the confluence city. She runs the Gracedavidblog, a literary gallery that celebrates all things creative. She is the host of Spokenwordy on the Voyce Radio. She believes strongly that one day the real role of words will be fully revealed. She reads and listens to music all the time, because she doesn’t believe in spare time.
Victoria Ukpapa

Victoria Ukpapa

Public Relations Officer

Victoria Ukpaka is a graduate of Human Physiology from Madonna University, Okija. She’s an award-winning writer, digital content manager and resource personnel for health. She regularly blogs here. She currently serves as the Public Relations Officer of ANSA.

Akintola Opeyemi Christianah

Akintola Opeyemi Christianah

National Welfare Director

Akintola Opeyemi Christianah is an English Language expert with the phonetic and pragmatic aspects as areas of interest. She has authored books on oral English (phonics) for primary and secondary school levels. She loves writing, editing, travelling and meeting people. She is the current National Welfare/Social Director of ANSA.

Erioluwadamiloju Ruby Shodayo

Erioluwadamiloju Ruby Shodayo

National Editor

Erioluwadamiloju Ruby Shodayo is a 16-year old award-winning literature enthusiast. She has been passionate about books and the arts from a tender age and fancies writing as an escape from the troubles and disturbances in life and also as a means of bleeding the unexpressed parts of her heart. She also has a love for music and derives joy in motivating people. She runs her own blog here and is a content creator at Okpadi.ng and Afrogbedu.com where she addresses self acceptance, self love and contentment as well as other social issues because she had problems with these while growing up. She currently serves as the National Editor of ANSA.

Benjamin James

Benjamin James

National Academic Director

Benjamin James is a student of Nursing sciences in his penultimate year (400 level) at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State. An award-winning author, most of Ben’s works are inspired by his experiences of love, hence his inclination for romantic stories. He writes also on societal maladies and spirituality. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian University Nursing Students Association (NUNSA), University of Ilorin Chapter. He doubles as the National Academic Director of ANSA. He loves singing, reading and teaching.

Joseph Victor Adavize

Joseph Victor Adavize

National Provost

Joseph Victor Adavize hails from Adavi in Adavi LGA of Kogi State, Nigeria. He is the first child in a family of eight. An HND I student of Public Administration in Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Joseph enjoys reading inspirational works. He takes pleasure giving motivational speeches to young people his age. He’s also a lover of music (drumming). As the National Provost of ANSA, he is saddled with the responsibility of preserving good order and discipline, and preventing breaches of ethical standards as enshrined in ANSA’s constitution.
Francis Wada

Francis Wada

National Northern Zonal Coordinator

Francis Wada is a final year student of Biological Sciences, Federal University, Lokoja, Nigeria. He hails from Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria. He has been writing since his secondary school days. He was once the President of the school’s Literary and Debating Society. He is passionate about politics. He is currently the President of the Faculty of Science Students Association (FOSSA), 2017/2018 Academic Session, Federal University, Lokoja. Francis is also a humanitarian and a lover of nature. He is the Founder of Leadlane International and Pickpen Concepts. He is drawn towards poetry, especially Spoken Word, but he has a number of fiction and non-fiction works as well.

Agu Godsdelight Chimbuchi

Agu Godsdelight Chimbuchi

Eastern Zonal Coordinator

Agu Godsdelight Chimbuchi hails from Item, Bende LGA in Abia State. Delight, as she’s fondly called, began writing at 6, while she schooled at Peace Nursery and Primary School, Kaduna. Her works were mainly short stories with so many exaggerated illustrations. Her father, who was also a writer and author of several works (such as ‘One More River’ and ‘Before The Dawn’) encouraged young Delight, who after some time realized she was a good love storyteller, and this metamorphosed into her first published book titled, ‘A Palm of the Hand’. She’s currently working on her first poetry collection, ‘The Dilemma’. As a young leader, Delight is an ardent believer in the rights of women and the girl child. She works with quite a number of NGOs that support this cause. Through social and mainstream media, she engages in an endless campaign against sexual abuse/harassment, teenage pregnancy, rape and many other societal vices that stare girls squarely in the face. She runs a Teen Mentorship program under the platform, ‘The Ideal Teens Forum’ (TITFOR), in this regard.

Alabi Muheez Ajibola

Alabi Muheez Ajibola

Western Zonal Coordinator

Alabi Muheez Ajibola Marquez hails from Ifo LGA of Ogun State, Nigeria. He is the first child of his beloved mother. The award-winning writer has always been passionate about literature, despite his inclination for science. He has been writing since primary school and has had his poems and articles published in several online platforms. He was the Senior Prefect in his secondary school days. His favourite subjects were Mathematics, English Language and Physics. He was a top student, winning numerous academic prizes on several occasions. Indeed, he was the Overall Best Student of his school. He had his first taste of writing in JSS 3 when he was preparing for Junior WAEC. He was introduced to poetry and enjoyed dealing with literary devices like imagery, figures of speech, rhythm, etc. Alabi is a philanthropist who believes in people, what they can do and what they can create with their minds. He is driven by lot of things, one of which is the keen desire to reward his beloved mum for all the pains she has had to go through just to give him an education. His favorite sport is football. He actually hopes to get something from the sport in the future.
Patrick Ashinze

Patrick Ashinze

Southern Zonal Coordinator

Pat Ashinze is a medical student at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. He holds a Certificate in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, Coursera via Edx, as well as an Associate degree in Community law from The People’s University, Pasadena, California, USA (2015-2017). He has a handful of online certification courses on Leadership, Strategy, Journalism, Creative writing, Psychology, Cardiology, and Ancient History. Pat writes within the axial stream of prose, poetry and mystic aphorisms. Writing is the only way he can talk without being interrupted. He has won several loco-state, private and quasi-governmental writing competitions. He has had his writings featured on PulseNG, MedWorldNigeria, DoctorsQuartersNG, MedicalWorldUpdate, HealthThenMore, Communicators League, Tuck Magazine, The Inner Voice, SpringNG, I am not a Silent Poet, Algebra of Owls, Leaves on Ink, The Pangolin Review, African Writers, ByMePoetry, WritersCentral, The Dissident Voice, The Pen Man’s Diary, Elsiesy, Prufrock amongst several others. He is currently a content writer for DoctorsQuartersNG. He has participated as a contributing author and editor in many anthologies and editorials, e.g The Wole Soyinka at 84’s ’84 bottles of delicious wine’ (an anthology), Best African Poets 2017, Muser World Peace Anthology, Bridgette Poirson Poetry Anthology 2016, The Agronomist Project at Federal University of Technology Akure which was selected as an entrant for The Hult Africa Prize in 2017, e.t.c.

Patrons and National Advisers

Salamatu Sule

Salamatu Sule

ANSA Patron

Salamatu Sule was born in Opulega of Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State. She is a graduate of English & Literary Studies from Kogi State University, Ayingba. She is a poet and book reviewer who has reviewed several books by prolific authors, both fiction and nonfiction, from Tope Fausua’s ‘Crushed’ and ‘Things to do before your Career Disappears’ to Abubakar Ibrahim Adam’s ‘The Whispering Trees’ including Dike Chukwumerije’s ‘Urichindere’ and many others. ‘Season of Crimson Blossoms’ by Abubakar Ibrahim Adam is her fourteenth review. Salamatu is the former Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors and currently holds a Diplomatic Book Discourse with the German Embassy.She currently works for the Art Heritage Ltd. She is the founder of Fahimta Literary Discourse (FLD) and a worthy Patron of the Association of Nigerian Student Authors (ANSA).

Funmi Ilori

Funmi Ilori

ANSA Patron

Funmi Ilori, an educational psychologist/consultant and social entrepreneur, is the founder of iRead Network Africa, the first innovative and fully integrated ‘books on wheels’ for children in Nigeria, bridging literacy gaps, empowering teachers and enhancing education for the African child. iRead Mobile Library started operations in October 2013 with 3 children and barely three years later, iRead has grown her network to over 2200 subscribers. With Urban and Regional Planning as a first degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Master’s degree in Educational Pychology, Funmi is passionate about education and the environment. Funmi is a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow working to improve the quality of education with her dream of building the largest network of libraries in Africa. Funmi Ilori has received many prestigious awards and recognition since she commenced her innovative mobile library project and some of these include the 2015 Business and Entrepreneurship CEU Award, Clark Atlanta University, USA,  and the 2015 Business and Entrepreneurship Award by USADF.

Odoh Diego Okenyodo

Odoh Diego Okenyodo

ANSA Patron

Odoh Diego Okenyodo is a Nigerian writer, pharmacist, activist poet and journalist, who is one of the founders of Kaduna Writers’ League, KWL. He is also one of the Directors of Splendors of Dawn Poetry Foundation. He co-edited Camouflage: Best of contemporary writing from Nigeria, an anthology of new Nigerian writers. The anthology included works by the most renowned contemporary Nigerian writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Help Habila. His book of poems, intriguingly titled A Poem to its Creator, was released in March 2009 by Hybun Publications International to high critical acclaim. A Poem to its Creator was shortlisted for the US$50,000 The Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2009
Bajeh Hynes Hayat

Bajeh Hynes Hayat

National Academic Adviser

Bajeh Hynes Hayat is a Lecturer of English Literature at Kogi State Polytechnic, Osara Campus. He’s an Event Planner, Project Manager, Motivational Speaker, Human Rights Activist, Writer and Editor. He obtained his first degree in English & Literary Studies from Kogi State University, Anyigba. He also holds a Diploma in Computer Operations from K-Ems Computer Institute, FCT, Abuja. He is currently working on his Masters degree program in Kwara State University, Ilorin. He is an avid reader who also loves playing volleyball & scrabble.
Ayeyemi Taofeek Kehinde

Ayeyemi Taofeek Kehinde

National Legal Adviser

Ayeyemi Taofeek Kehinde fondly called Aswagaawy is a law graduate and author of ‘Oro n Bo: Dripping Words’ (a poetry collection). He was the First Runner-up of the BPPC September 2017 and February 2018; Winner, PoeticWednesday Anniversary Contest, 2018; First Runner-up of Okigbo Poetry Prize (University of Ibadan, 2016), 4 times winner, PIN Monthly Poetry Challenge, Top10 Page Poets of the Year (EGC 2018) among other coveted prizes and awards. He has been published in Authorpedia, The Quills, The Pengician, Tuck Magazine, Inspired Magazine, Peregrine Reads et al.