By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Society of Young Nigerian Writers, (SYNW), which is a national umbrella of young writers in Nigeria, has joined in the global fight against coronavirus, by launching and championing a new movement — ‘Writers Against Covid-19’.
This was disclosed by Chairman and Coordinator of the movement, Izunna Okafor, through a release he jointly signed with the Secretary of the movement’s committee, Musa Sunusi Ahmad who also doubles as the National Public Relation Officer of the SYNW.
According to the release, the movement was primarily formed to integrate writers in the ongoing fight against COVID-19 pandemic, and to give them platforms to employ their pen, creativity and dexterity towards combating and winning the war against the novel virus, which is currently ‘harassing’ the world in all ramifications.
The ideation cum formation of the movement is more or less corroboratory to Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s age-long pithy saying, that ‘pen is mightier than sword’; and is also in keeping with the fact that writers have a plethora of roles to play in this global fight against the novel virus, and to which many of them are very ardent to give their best, if given a platform.
The statement reads in part:
“The pursuit of this new movement is tripartite in nature, with regards to the (equally new) projects it has been launched to undertake.
“One of these is administration of the association’s newly launched online certificate course on coronavirus, called ‘SYNW Covid-19 Correspondence Course’ (which could be taken @
“The correspondence course has been rightly renamed after Menegian Saro-Wiwa, son of late playwright, Ken Saro-Wiwa, who recently died of COVID-19 in London.
“The movement is also charged with managing and regularly updating the SYNW COVID-19 Information Hub —
https://synwcovid19informationhub.blogspot.com (which is a new site exclusively created by the association, for publishing news relating to coronavirus).
“Lastly, the movement is to publish an electronic anthology on the COVID-19 pandemic (which is expected to be out by May, featuring literary works on coronavirus, from writers across the world).”
Izunna Okafor further noted through the release that, “aside publishing of successful writers’ works in the anthology, certificate(s) of participation and automatic membership into the association will also be given to the successful participants in each of the projects.”
He also appreciated the President of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Mr. Wole Adedoyin, and other National Executive Members of the association for coming up with such an apt movement.
He called on both bourgeoning and established writers from different parts of the world to identify with, and take part in the projects; even as he solicited the support of goodhearted individuals, private and public organisations, as well as government, to support the movement to achieve its reputable objectives.
Okafor, who himself is an author and equally the National Secretary of the young writers association, advised that further enquiries about the movement could be directed to the committee via: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Other committee members of the movement include:
Angelica C. Uwaezuoke — (SYNW Coordinator, University of Nigeria Nsukka)
Abdulrazak Denja Balema — (SYNW Coordinator, Federal University Lokoja)
Sakinah Yusuf — (SYNW Coordinator, Bayero University, Kano)
Adebayo Iwalola — (SYNW Coordinator, Adekunle Ajasin University)
Innocent David Chinaecherem — (SYNW Coordinator, Federal University of
Alabi Matthew — (SYNW Coordinator, University of Lagos)
Luqman Alawode — (SYNW Coordinator, Osun State)
Henry Ndifreke Precious — (SYNW Coordinator, University of Abuja)