A BRIEF HISTORY OF CWAN WRITTEN BY JOSEPH AJIROGHENE OREH

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CWAN WRITTEN

BY

JOSEPH AJIROGHENE OREH

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INTRODUCTION
Literature Always Matters
Creative Writers’ Association of Nigeria (CWAN) is envisioned by the linguist-cum-literati, Goodnews Andrew Eruemuare also known as SIR A-ONE from the oil rich Delta state.
A clime that has produced and still producing grave writers and critics that dominate Nigeria’s literary landscape. These writers and critics include ebullient J.P. Clark, Dennis Osadabey, Simon Umukoro, Tanure Ojaide, G.G. Darah, Isidore Okpewho, Tony Afejoku, Nduka Otiono, Austine Anigala, Sunny Awhefeada, Mabel Ewheriorhoma, Ogaga Ifowodo, Kzine Agary, Ebi Taibo, amongst other redoubtable legislators of life.
CWAN is single handedly founded by the aforementioned linguist on November 22nd, 2009. At the now known World Book capital Port Harcourt, Rivers state. Sometime in year 2010, Goodnews Eruemuare and his first three literary disciples and Ideological co-travelers, Tunde Harasaki, Judith Mbah and Ugochukwu F. Jude encased for a meeting of literary matters.

 

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This “first” meeting of the group, was symbolic and epi phaneous. The gathering is reminiscent of the same literary gathering at the scenic “academic” haven of the University of Nigeria (NSUKKA) on the initiation of the late famed story teller, Professor Chinua Achebe the Nsukka’s gathering culminated in the founding of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in June 27, 1981.
Over seven years of its inception or formation,

CWAN has been among those in the forefront for the promotion and sustenance of Nigeria and African literature. In terms of membership, and literary outputs, CWAN is next to the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
December 13th, 2013, this anthology of writers, critics and literary enthusiasts, CWAN commissioned a “Facebook” group: this giant stride by the assertion offers a veritable platform for emerging writers to hone their creativity. Since its commissioning, the daily “refined” literary output sprouting from CWAN’s facebook group is ten times higher than Nigeria’s oil production.

 

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Aims
The aim of this group is very altruistic!
To keep writers together in one umbrella of creativity.
State Chapters and Administrators
CWAN, a collection of literatis is headquartered in Abraka, locale of Delta State University, Abraka. It presently has over sixteen (16) state chapters man by grave creative writers. The following are the literary priests of CWAN:
1. Goodnews Andrew Eruemuare – National Coordinator
2. Godwin Inyang Coordinator, Akwa Ibom state
3. Rich Alzy Coordinator, Anambra state
4. Biokpo Joshua West Coordinator, Rivers state
5. Jodekss Gloatkenf Coordinator, Osun state
6. Adewumi Benedict Olumide Coordinator, Ondo state
7. Kingsley Nwabufo Coordinator, Edo state
8. Gabriel Ogunyomi Coordinator, Ekiti state
9. Richardson Eyong Coordinator, Cross River
10. Abbass Abubakar Coordinator, Niger state
11. Favour Chukwuma Coordinator, Imo state
12. Gladys Biv Coordinator, Delta state
13. Malik Arch Jubril Olalekan Coordinator, Lagos state
14. Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu Coordinator, Abia state
15. Akor Emmanuel Coordinator, Kogi state
16. Ujebe Humphrey Onyekachi Coordinator, Ebonyi state
ITS PATRON
Jibrin Idris Inuwa, author of ‘Fools in Uniform’.
Board of Trustees Chairman
Sam Onombre II
Programmes and Projects
In order to uplift the living standard of inventiveness and imagination, which are the hallmarks of literature, CWAN initiated and introduced enchanting programmes and projects geared towards encouraging emerging writers and budding critics to improve and be consistent in their humanistic calling.
One of such laudable programmes is the publication of an anthology. The publication of an anthology which comprise all genres of literature, poetry, drama and prose.
The first anthology of the association was aptly titled “The Storytellers”. It is a three-in-one, drama, prose and poetry. The contributors are:
Batubo Otokini Harry Rivers state
Kayode Emmanuel Sunday Osun State
Benjamin Oluwarotimi Oyo state
Egharevba Terrific Terry Edo state
Nkechi Akabogu Anambra state
Mathias Pantaleon Lagos state
Ogheneborie Owhofasa Delta state
Goodnews Eruemuare Delta state
Osokpor Tony Delta State
Akpoviri Akpoveta Prince Delta state
Emmanuel Ugokwe Imo state
Oluchukwu V. Akabogu Anambra
Chisom Anokwu Abia state
Nwangene Nnaemeka Anambra
Gideon O. Umezurike Abia state
Adewumi O. Benedict Ondo state
Akpobome C.S. Diffre -Odiete Delta state
Lekan Malik Lagos state
Ajenifuja L. Adetokunbo Ogun state
Adelaja Ridwan Olyrid Ogun state
Uche Chidozie Okorie Abia state
Bebor F. Oghenekevwe Delta state
Enter the second anthology. This was solely in the oldest genre, poetry. The call of entries from poetry writers was brief, a duration of 48 hours. The enthusiasm showed by poets were phenomenon! After rigorous critique and scrutiny twenty-one poems appeared by different poets.
The selected poets are:
Jerome Okeme
Godson Osarenren
Joe Oritsegbubemi Jesse
Sir A-one
Lakshmi Pramod (India)
Akor Emmanuel
Amarachi Calista Attamah
Uche Chidozie Okorie
Lekan Malik
Partta Sarathi Paul (India)
Adewumi Olumide Benedict
Udensi Udensi
Jodekss Gloatkenf
Olajide Teniola
Merry Sue–Sunshine
Abubakar Abdulkadir
Richadson Eyong
Favour Chukwuma
Ighomuaye Kelvinson Ufuoma
Ifechukwu Nwefee
Rich Alzy.
Awards and Recognitions
Literary awards are awards presented in recognition of a particular literary piece or body of work. It is normally and customarily presented to an author. There are award for general forms of writing such as award poetry, drama and prose. They are also awards of spoof.
Literary awards mostly come with a corresponding award ceremony. In 2014, amidst distress, trepidation and uncertainty that enveloped the “Giant of Africa”, Nigeria, the Creative Writers’ Association of Nigeria held an online literary award ceremony from Sunday 28th through Tuesday 30th December, 2014 the social media was agog and busy as over a hundred writers, onshore and offshore garnered home various awards in recognition of their sterling creative endeavor that had an enormous impact on humanity. They were voted through online medium on Facebook, and they were awarded “electronic plaques”.
The awardees and their categories are as follows:
Poetry
1. Terry Terrific Egharevba
2. Olajuwon Joseph Olumide
3. Rich Alzy
4. Victor Mike
5. Adewumi Benedict Olumide
6. Oluwaseyi Ogunojuwo
7. Ajenifuja Adetokunbo Creativecreature
8. Adelaja Ridwan Olayiwola
9. Olusegun Governor Lawal
10. Echezona Ononukwe
11. Poet AnnyRazon Justine
12. Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon
13. Malik Arch-Jubril Olalekan
14. Tj Mzamo
15. Lot Kalas
16. Ogechukwu Emmanuel Samuel
17. Alex Edevwie
Drama
1. Godwin Inyang
2. Goodnews Eruemuare
3. Jodekss Gloatkenf
Prose (Short Stories)
Godwin Inyang
Wisdom O. Chuks
Richardson Eyong
Ogechukwu Emmanuel Samuel
Echezona Ononukwe
Literary Queens of the year
Maureen Alikor Berry
Mary Ajayi
Noleen Utterance Desiree Titus
Most hilarious literary Icon
Goodnews A. Eruemuare
Most Rewarding Literary Genius
Godwin Inyang
Literary Emperors/Empresses
Rich Alzy
Rex Mayor
Judith Chekwube Sern
Abegunde Sunday
Goodnews A. Eruemuare
Alaba T. Adenekan
Creative youths of the year
Ebenezar Wikina
James Adewuyiwa
Cultured and Tactical Poet
Victor Idem
Wordy-Adorable Poet
Irekpita Godfrey
Enchanting poet of the year
Abu Abdukadir
Transformative vibrating Poet
Salisu Usman Alhaji
Profound poetry Wizard
Okeme Jerome
Religious Thematic Poet
Carl Hatter

Prodigy Poetess of the Year
Osasuyi Merit
Brilliant Narrator and Most charming poet
Jodekss Gloatkenf
Poetry King of the Year
Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
CWAN Admins of the Year (group and page)
Abigail West Samuel
Chistopher Chukwuka Otakpor
Biokpo Joshua West
Akpoviri Don Veta Akpoveta
Ajenifuja Adetokunbo Creativecreature
Jodekss Gloatkenf
Ben Ige
Adewumi Benedict Olumide
Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon
Vivienne Odunze
Amarachi Calista Attamah
Adelaja Ridwan Olayiwola
Rich Alzy
Godwin Inyang
Udensi Udensi
Goodnews Andrew Eruemuare
Special Recognition
Prof. Sam Ukala
Dr. Martins Tugbokorowei
Alaska Ekele
Chief Macpherson O. Okpara
Rich Alzy
Olumide Olulu Holloway
Mutiu Olawuyi
Sen. Liyel Imoke
Rex Mayor
Eriata Oribhabor
Dr. Chukwuma Anyanwu
Dr. Greene Okome
CWAN GROUP COMMENT
Godwin Inyang
Udensi Udensi
Goodnews A. Eruemuare
Most Active Group Members
Vivienne Odunze
Biokpo Joshua West
Donatus Don Enubuzor
Goodnews A. Eruemuare
Nwoye Divine Destiny
Group Appearance
Christopher Chukwuka Otakpor
Vivienne Odunze
Nwoye Divine Destiny
Okoroji Santus
Sk Nwaejie
Ndubuisi Agu
Emmanuella Edun-Ajedeji
Salah Kimberly
Olisaemeka Gerald
Ogechukwu Emmanuel Samuel
Akpoviri Don Veta Akpoveta
Richie Ovuorho
Nnaemeka Nwangene
Ben Ige
Ella Nelson
Akpobome Chas Sebe Diffre- Odiete
Martins Ekong
Kingsley Nwabufo
Some CWAN Administrators
Adewumi Olumide Benedict is a gifted writer that writes on all the genre of literature, but he is well known in the locale of poetry. Hails from Oke Akoko, Ondo state, had his Nursery, Primary and Secondary Education in Ondo state, at presently, studying English at the Obefemi Awolowo University, lle-lfe.
Born as Godwin S.U. lnyang, in March 10th, 1967, Inyang’s biofile reveals that he is an innate writer. Most of his poetic reflections have featured in magazines and journal home and abroad. Presently, he is known to have the longest poem in the African continent entitled “Dr Fixit”. Again, this creative writer is a short story writer and a novelist.
Gladys Bivbere from Egini Town in Udu Local Government area of Delta State was born on March 31st 1994. She is a writer with a distinction. She is well known in the areas of children literature.
Kayode Emmanuel whose penname is Jodekss Gloatkenf started writing in the transition year of 2007, through sheer joint of hard work and consistency he is currently a literary wizkid and presently studying English at the Obefemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.
Lekan Malik, a prodigious talent from the royal dan of Ikorodu is an English graduate of Lagos state university, (LASU). In 2012 he published his collection of short stories titled “It happen that night” and other stories”.
This collection of short stories is now a recommended literary text at schools in Lagos state. He also have to his credit “Voice from the Citadel”, a collection of poems published in 2013. This corpus of literature have been given critical attention from literary scholars/critics.
Akoroche Emmanuel, birthed in 1996, hails from Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State. He proved his Primary and Secondary education in Kogi state. Emmanuel wears many caps as essayist, motivational speaker, event planner/manager, poet etc. He also belong to many association and groups.
Stephen O.J. Anyatonwu, Pen name Stefn Sylvester hails from Abia state. He starts writing down at the tender age of 5. He is a prolific poet, who sees poetry as life. Life is poetry. To his credit are numerous poems that passed far more than five collection of poems.
Goodnews Andrew Eruemuare, pen name Sir A-One, hails from Ogbe-Udu, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State. A literary shrine Attendant and a self-acclaimed Literary Field Marshal (LFM). A bilingua writer. Writes in Urhobo language and in English language. Compiler to several literary anthologies which include the Storyteller a three–in-one anthology i.e. poetry, prose and drama, Peace and Unity: A New Nigeria and others. A Lyricist, playwright to Enrico and Sedico. Author of “Urhuru Re Ugben” voice of the pen, poetry collection in Urhobo with analysis in English.
Founder of Creative Writers’ Association of Nigeria (CWAN). A distinguished scholar. Studied at Ogbe-Udu Primary school, Oghior comprehensive High School, St. Vincent’s College Okwagbe, University of Port Harcourt, Certificate, Delta State University, Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics and Urhobo.
Ejeke Uvienutome, the National Graphics Designer of CWAN, a graduate of Fine and Applied Arts Delta State University, Abraka.

This work was first published in 2015.

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