The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Abuja chapter, says its next monthly guest is Hajiya Hafsatu Abdulwaheed, the first female published author in the North.
Making the announcement in a press release today, the association said: “We are delighted to announce Hajia Hafsat Abdulwaheed as our esteemed guest author for the month of November.
“Hajia Hafsat Abdulwaheed is an exceptional Nigerian writer, poet, and women’s rights activist, who has made remarkable contributions to literature and social change in her career.
“Hajia Hafsat holds a significant position in the literary world as the first female Hausa writer from Northern Nigeria to have penned a published novel.
“Through her writing, she has given voice to the often under-represented experiences and aspirations of Hausa women, shedding light on the diverse cultural heritage of Northern Nigeria.
“Her works have captivated readers across the nation and beyond, as she skillfully weaves storytelling with themes of gender equality, identity, and empowerment.
“In addition to her literary accomplishments, Hajia Hafsat Abdulwaheed has also been actively involved in advocacy for women’s rights.
“Her determination and passion led her to venture into the political sphere, as she courageously contested in the governorship election in the Northern Nigerian state of Zamfara during the 2000s.
“Through her political engagement and writings, she has played a vital role in promoting women’s rights and challenging societal norms.
“With an impressive bibliography boasting over 30 books, Hajia Hafsat Abdulwaheed’s literary repertoire is remarkable.
“The Association of Nigerian Authors, Abuja Chapter, considers it an honour to host Hajia Hafsat Abdulwaheed as our distinguished guest author for the month of November.
“Her invaluable insights and experiences are sure to inspire and engage our members, aspiring writers, literary enthusiasts, and the general public.
“We eagerly anticipate her presence as she brings her unique perspective and literary genius to our esteemed association.”
The New Citizen reports that Hafsatu Abdulwaheed’s novella, So Aljannar Duniya, which was written in Hausa, was published by the Northern Nigerian Publishing Company, Zaria, in 1980.
ANA Abuja’s monthly reading, which showcases a panel discussion, will take place in the morning of November 18, 2023, at the ANA national secretariat located at the Mamman Vatsa Writers Village in Mpape, Abuja.