[Ibadan]–Some students and alumni of the University of Ibadan, under the aegis of UitesWrite have released an anthology of short stories written by current students and graduates of the institution.
The anthology tagged “October Stories” is the second release from the group after the success of it’s 2016 first release, Uites Write, a poetry anthology, whose foreword was written by the author of Dazzling Mirage, Dr. Yinka Egbokhare.
According to the group’s official website, uitescreate.org, the aim is to promote story writing as a form of literature and expression. While it is expected to be produced in form of a book, the online version was released for download on February 25, 2017.
The book featured Kola Tubosun, an award winning writer, linguist, journalist and the founder of YorubaName.com, who wrote its introduction.
The foreword was also written by another literary icon, Abubakar Ibrahim, the 2016 winner of the prestigious NLNG Prize for literature.
In a chat with the Co-founder of the organization, Mr. Habeeb Kolade, he said that the reactions the book got was positive as students of the institution submitted stories, which contributed to the success of the first edition of October Stories.
According to him, “It was lovely. We had about 50 University of Ibadan writers send in their stories. This is a good number when you consider the form of writing that we requested for- short stories. Short stories represent one of the least easy forms of writing.
As Abubakar Adam Ibrahim also puts it, short stories are often been assumed easy by the uninitiated on account of its brevity, but one that requires greater skill and dexterity. The responses, just like our first book, are inspiring.
When asked when the next edition will be, the co-founder said that while it was fun seeing intellectualism, there are some tedious part in it. He said that until deliberations with other members of the organization are made, he cannot say when the next edition will be, however he said other projects carried out by the organization will be pursued.
“We cannot exactly give a time now. But one thing I can say is that we have had a great time doing this. Although it could be quite tedious, it is fulfilling all the same. Our team would meet again and talk about our next adventure. Then, just like the previous books, we would go forward to pursue it. Hopefully, that is soon enough.”
“We want to create platforms that promote creativity and innovation. University of Ibadan produced some of the greatest literary giants in Africa, many of whom we know. We think there are UITES who can attain such heights again and this has spurred us to create a platform, such as the anthology, that encourages creativity and art among University of Ibadan students. With more projects like this, we believe we can build a community of people inspired to express their creativity and who can subsequently use their creativity to inspire positive change in our world”, he added.
The group consists of six alumni and two final year students of the University of Ibadan: The alumni include Rasaq Malik, English, Moyosore Orimoloye, Pharmacy, Oredola Ibrahim, Law, Dolapo Amusat, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Habeeb Kolade, Mechanical Engineering and Darafunmi Olanrewaju, Law. The two final year students include Ogueji Kelechi, Industrial and Production Engineering and Kunle Adebajo, Law.
The Uites Write Anthology, the first e-book published by the Uites Create Group in August 2016 got thousands of download and was widely featured and reviewed on many influential platforms.