The Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation founded by BM Dzukogi in Minna, the capital of Niger state got a boost with the extension of its activities to Sokoto state. The Foundation which trains teenagers in the art of writing and public speaking had in April this year organized a national event tagged Nigerian Festival Of Teen Authors (NIFESTEENA). After the event which had teen writers from Sokoto,
Kebbi, Bayelsa and other states attending, the Sokoto state participants left with a vow to replicate the Foundation’s programmes in Sokoto by starting an Arts Centre modeled after the Minna Arts Centre managed by the Hilltop Creative Arts Foundation.
Dr. Aisha Umar, leader of the Sokoto state participants at NIFESTEENA and motivator of the new Sokoto Arts Centre expressed joy at the inauguration of the Sokoto Hill-Top Creative Arts Centre last Saturday, which was marked with a meeting and first training/mentorship session.
“The attendance and enthusiasm of the teenagers and adult members including a parent was so overwhelming. The students were taken through sessions of short story reading and writing, drama performances, poetry reading and writing as well as readings from manuscripts and spoken words performances. In our midst was a parent whose interest in his daughter’s creative development brought him to the forum to see for himself.” she said.
Teenagers in the seat of the caliphate now have the unique opportunity of discovering their creative potentials by way of mentorship at the Arts centre through a free membership. The Centre meets on Saturdays at Blue Crescent Secondary School, Sokoto, from 10.00am.
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