Award-winning Nigerian poet and writer, Ms Wana Udobang, has been selected to participate in the 54th International Writing Program, Fall Residency, at the University of Iowa, courtesy of the United States Department of State.
Ms Udobang announced this on her Twitter handle on Tuesday morning.
She wrote; “your girl is going to be an international writing programme resident in IOWA in the spring next year. Still pinching myself.”
According to Vanguard, Udobang will join 29 other accomplished writers from across the globe in the world’s oldest and largest multinational writing residency for the period of 11 weeks.
She and the other participants will give readings and lectures that share their work and cultures, collaborate with artists from other genres and art forms, and travel to interact with audiences and literary communities across the United States.
United States Consul General, Claire Pierangelo, congratulated the Nigerian writer on her acceptance into the residency program.
“This is an extremely competitive program and we are proud to have you represent Nigeria. Your accomplishments as a poet and writer are well-known and we hope this is an opportunity for you to take time to focus on your writing, connect with well-established writers from around the globe, learn more about the United States, and contribute to literature courses both at the University of Iowa and across the country,” Consul General Pierangelo said.
Health, safety, and travel conditions permitting, the rescheduled program is expected to run from February 28 to May 3, 2021.