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2017 edition of Farafina workshop cancelled 

2017 edition of Farafina workshop cancelled 
July 04
21:53 2017

The 2017 edition of the Farafina Trust writing workshop will not hold following “abrupt” withdrawal of its sponsorship by the Nigerian Breweries.

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Chimamanda Adichie, the convener of the annual workshop, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.

She said the company had withdrawn its sponsorship of the workshop, which would have entered its tenth year.

She, however, promised that the workshop would be back next year.

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“I am sorry to announce that the Farafina Trust Writing Workshop will be unable to hold this year, which would have been its tenth year,” the statement read.

“Our sponsor, Nigerian Breweries PLC (NB PLC), abruptly withdrew their sponsorship due to a need to streamline their expenditure.

“NB PLC has had a half-decade relationship with the workshop and I thank them for encouraging the development of literary talent in Nigeria and Africa.

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“In the years since NB PLC’s involvement, many alumni have gone on to confirm the promise they showed at the workshop.

“My commitment to the growth of our voices has not wavered. Nor has the commitment of those who have worked to make this decade-long endeavour the success that it has been.

“We will take this time off to establish a new organisation and structure that will provide a more stable foundation for the workshop and other initiatives.

“From the initial reaction of potential sponsors and partners, we are optimistic about the future. My thanks and best wishes to all those who have made enquiries about applying for this year’s workshop.”

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