Thursday, August 28, 2008

WRITERS vs CESORSHIP BOARD:CEASE-FIRE REACHED

The national executive council of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in conjunction with Kano, Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara branches have met with the Director General of the Kano State Censorship Board for a dialogue last Monday, August 25, 2008. After extensive discussions, which lasted for over five hours an understanding has been reached. The Censor's Board, realising that there is a lot of pressure on them and that they are loosing public symphathy decided to agree with a cease-fire.

The two bodies have identified loofholes and contradictions in the lawa which was the guiding light of the board and call for a review. A workshop would also be organised to be sponsored by the Deputy Governor will hold sometimes in October. The Board has also accepted the invitation to attend the 27th annual convetion of ANA taking place in Gusau Zamfara State.

As at the moment, writers are left free and the path of dialogue would continue. It is gratifying to note that the DG truly has finally understood that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.

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Dr. Yusuf M. Adamu is a Professor of Medical Geography at the Bayero University Kano. He is a bilingual novelist, a poet, and writes for children. He is interested in photography and run a photo blog (www.hausa.aminus3.com) All the blogs he run are largely for his hobbies and not his academic interests. Hope you enjoy the blogs.