July 21, 2021
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THE founder of the Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation, BM Dzukogi, announced on the occasion of the 87th birthday of Professor Wole Soyinka that the Nobel Laureate would address the largest congregation of teen artists in Africa at HIASFEST in Minna, the Niger State capital come January 2022.

This will be the second time Dzukogi will be drawing Soyinka to the modern day literary capital of Northern Nigeria.

In 2012, he was the host of Soyinka, on behalf of the Niger State government, as the pioneer Director-General of the Niger State Book Development Agency, organisers of the MBA International Literary Colloquium.

On his first visit, Soyinka commissioned the Cyprain Ekwensi library and delivered a keynote at the colloquium, in honour of the former governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.

This time, Soyinka will be the guest of Alhaji Bala Abdullahi Kwatu, HIASFEST initiator, and the Aliyu Trust Foundation, who are the co-sponsor of the festival.

The theme of Soyinka’s address is, “The Abandonment of the Nigerian Child: What Way Out?”

This is the fourth edition of the festival, comprising more than 25 events with over 40 trophies and plaques, as well as over N6 million to be won by secondary school students from across the country.

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