The Abuja Writers’ Forum (AWF) kick-starts its 2014 literary calendar with two poets and a filmmaker – Sammy Sage Hassan, Michaela Moye and Solomon Essang – appearing at the highly-acclaimed Guest Writer Session on January 25, 2014 at Nanet Suites, Abuja.
A poet, writer, thinker, teacher and author, Sage Hassan is recognised as Nigeria’s premier spoken word poet embracing the genre and bringing it to the attention of the art and music savvy populace. Born in Kaduna State, he got his secondary school education in Jos and Minna, and had become fascinated in writing stories as early as 13 and began exploring various genres.
His teenage dream was to make films and music and he got engaged in musical activities forming bands, studying groups like the Beatles, writing lyrics and poetry, performing shows and writing for a local newspaper back in Jos at 17.
Hassan has taken an inclination to performance poetry and has released three poetry albums and three poetry videos. He has appeared at numerous events like the Hip Hop World Award Shows, This Day Music Festival, Arts Alive’s Speak The Mind In Johannesburg. He has also performed near a hundred brand poems – poetry specifically created for companies and products from UniLiever, Coca Cola, MTN, Celtel, NBL, Diageo etc.
He has organised workshops and performances for schools and cultural organisations like British Council, Goethe Instituet, Lekki British International and Green Springs International. His latest work is Dream Maker.
Michaela Moye is a writer and editor and has worked with various news publications including NEXT and Leadership Newspaper. Her parents are from the South West of Nigeria and she was born and grew up in Kaduna state, where she attended Zamani College. Moye often contributed to the school’s magazine and once served on its editorial board. She studied law at the University of Abuja.
Moye’s early journalistic work primarily involved writing and editing entertainment stories, including interviewing Hollywood actors Danny Glover and Forest Whitaker. Her humorous column, Taking the Mickey, ran in the Leadership newspaper intermittently from 2005 to 2010. She has contributed to TMC Box Office, a film magazine; and to the Goethe Institute’s newsletter for the iRep Film Festival (March 2013). Her short fiction has been published in the Sun Newspaper.
Moye briefly served as the Abuja bureau chief for online news publication, Daily Times Nigeria, where she wrote articles on women’s rights issues. Moye is also one of the writers of the fourth season of the syndicated radio programme on girl-child education, Gbagan Gbagan; and in October 2011, contributed to two BBC short films on HIV & Stigmatisation.
In July 2012, she participated in Fidelity Bank’s Creative Writing Workshop and was tutored by the poet, Sally Keith. That same year, Moye contributed to “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan: Champion For Women”, a book highlighting the influence of women in Nigeria’s political sphere. She has contributed to two reports on women and poverty issues for ActionAid Nigeria where she is currently serving as a communications consultant.
Her debut collection of poetry and short stories, Relieved, was publicly released in January 2014. She is a frequent contributor to Metropole Magazine.
A self-diagnosed workaholic, she likes to cook and make jewellery. In between running her media company and free-lancing, she tries to populate her blogs on www.earthlovefaith.wordpress.com; and www.moyemedia.wordpress.com.
She lives in Abuja with her family, several potted plants and her pet tortoise, Offspring.
Solomon Essang, a graduate of Theatre Arts from University of Calabar, will be screening a new short film. He is the creative director for Storm Blast media, a film and multimedia company. He has directed several movies, and is rated as one of the few independent filmmakers with a promising future.
The Guest Writer Session, which started in June 2008, holds at the prestigious Nanet Suites located at the Central Business District in Abuja, and runs from 4-7pm on the last Saturday of every month. It also features side attractions of poetry performance, mini art exhibition, a raffle-draw for books, and a stirring dose of live music.
Public Relations Officer (PRO)
AbujaWriters’ Forum (AWF)