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Mbuk Nnyin

The first of its kind in the state, the Boldoz Book & Art Festival seeks to harness our community’s collective creativity and passion to showcase the richness of our cultural heritage and amplify the voices of our storytellers. Through the festival’s theme, “Mbuk Nnyin”, which translates to “Our Story”, we aim to foster a sense of belonging and pride in our cultural identity while promoting inclusivity and diversity. By encouraging tourism and providing local writers and publishers a platform to connect and collaborate, we envision creating a dynamic ecosystem that celebrates and preserves our unique narratives.

OUR AUTHORS AND ARTISTS

Micheal Afenfia

Michael Afenfia was born in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, but resides in Saskatoon, Canada. Two of his novels, Don’t Die on Wednesday, 2010, and Rain Can Never Know 2021, made the Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Literature shortlist. His current book, Leave My Bones in Saskatoon, was shortlisted for the prestigious GlenGary Book Award Prize by the Saskatoon Foundation for the Art.

Captain Abubakar sidi
Umar Abubakar Sidi is a distinguished poet and a distinguished naval commander in the Nigerian Navy. He attended the Nigerian Military School, Zaria, and the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. As a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Kaduna Chapter, he has made significant contributions to the literary world, having written several poems and short stories.
Obari Gomba
Dr. Obari Gomba is a distinguished Nigerian writer and academic who serves as a lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Port Harcourt. He is also an Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa. Renowned for his contributions to poetry and drama, Gomba has received numerous accolades, including the Rivers ANA Distinguished Writer Award, the Halogen Award for Poetry, and the Kangaroo Poetry Festival Poet of 2018.
Aiwanose Odafen
Aiwanose Odafen is an accomplished author and MFA fiction student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has contributed to published non-fiction works and participated in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Writing Workshop. She was longlisted for the 2020 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize. Odafen’s academic achievements are notable. She won gold and silver medals in the National Mathematics Olympiad Competition as a high school student.
Dr. Nestor Bartholomew Udoh

Dr. Nestor Bartholomew Udoh, a Consultant Public Health Physician and retired Permanent Secretary of the Akwa Ibom State Civil Service, has built a distinguished career marked by numerous accomplishments and accolades. With a robust educational background spanning institutions like Obafemi Awolowo University, the University of Uyo and the University of Nigeria (UNN), Udoh holds qualifications ranging from a B.Sc. in Health Sciences to an MPH in Public Health.

Anietie Usen

Anietie Usen, a multiple award-winning journalist, author, and technocrat, boasts an impressive educational background from prestigious institutions like Harvard Business School and Oxford Business School. He began his career as a pioneer reporter at Newswatch Magazine and swiftly ascended to General Editor. Usen also served as a Senior Political Analyst/Editorial Board Member at Thisday Newspaper and Regional Editor for Africa Today.

Uduak Akpabio Umoren

Uduak Akpabio Umoren, a novelist and playwright from Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, is renowned for her family-centred stories with strong female characters. Writing has been her passion since primary school, drawing inspiration from authors like Agatha Christie and Chinua Achebe. Her first published work, “Perfect Mother,” a drama, was nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2010.

Unyime-Ivy King
Unyime-Ivy King is a passionate writer, a facilitator, and a blogger. She is a graduate of English from the Faculty of Arts, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, certified in Media Enterprises, Advanced Writing and Reporting Skills (AWARES) from the Pan Atlantic University School of Media and Communication, and screenwriting from the Royal art academy, Lagos. She authored the novel Burning Hurt and has written several articles on family values.
Miracle Emeka-Nkwor
Miracle Emeka-Nkwor is the author of the widely-acclaimed young adult mystery novel, What Happened To Janet Uzor.
 
She’s also a certified biochemist, corporate fashion designer and businesswoman whose creativity transcends the literary landscape and shines brightly in the fashion space. She’s the founder and head designer of Omaji Designs, a womenswear brand creating corporate outfits that can be worn in different ways, thereby giving female professionals options of two to three outfits from only one dress. 
 
As a child, she had always wanted to read Nigerian mystery novels with characters like her, but she found none. Now an adult, she’s determined to bridge that gap and cater to young adults by displaying more diversity in Nigerian literature. She splits her time between writing, mentoring, ministering, designing, and building Omaji Designs to become a reputable brand that would outlive her and continue to have a positive impact on the community and generations to come.
 
In all, Miracle is intent on seeing God’s name glorified in everything she does while on earth.
Dr. Imo Udosen
Imo Udosen, a Nigerian from Akwa Ibom State, holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Fine and Industrial Arts and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Painting. Currently pursuing a PhD in Painting and Painting Technology, he had his national service in Oshogbo, immersing himself in the Oshogbo art style. Since 1998, he’s been a full-time studio artist, training over 100 individuals in Art. He established Biuti’ n Glori Int’l in 2001, hosting successful studios and galleries. Imo Udosen finds artistic expression in Painting, clay modelling, and wood carving, embracing Realism, Surrealism, Expressionism, and Abstraction.
John Amanan Sunday
John Amanan Sunday was the first African to design hyper-realistic prostheses for amputees of dark skin tones. A graduate of the University of Uyo. He hails from Odot 3 village of Nsit Atai LGA, Akwa Ibom state. He has won several international awards and has a patent to his name on his prosthesis design. He owns the only indigenous company of African origin specializing in producing hyper-realistic flesh covers for amputees of dark skin tones.
Francis Onuk

Francis Onuk is an artist and a passionate visual communicator dedicated to enhancing brand experiences and nurturing ideas to life through technology. He views visual communication as a creative process that blends Art and technology to convey ideas and information effectively.
Francis co-runs Roothub, a tech and business incubator in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Roothub focuses on leveraging technology in business and plays a significant role in the digital, tech, and knowledge economies within the south-south region of Nigeria.

Olubunmi aboderin talabi

Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi is an author; the founder of IweMi (formerly Clever Clogs Books); the convener of the award-winning Akada Children’s Book Festival; and the Chairperson of the Association of Children’s Authors & Illustrators of Nigeria. She is passionate about creating visually-engaging, culturally-relevant content for children, and has a desire to see steadily increasing literacy rates within her community. Olubunmi collaborates with talented artists to create beautifully-illustrated children’s picture books designed to make reading attractive, inspire innovation and excite children, parents and teachers.

  • Her published works include: Tobi Visits the Conservatory; Kob the Antelope; Diary of a Toddler; Tobi Bakes A Cake; Tobi Learns To Swim; Tobi And The Kid’s Marathon; Tobi At The Art Gallery; On The Water;  Mummy, Can I … ? and the UN Africa SDG Book Club honorary pick: Why Do You Wash Your Hands?
Olubunmi, has a BSc in Economics from City University London and did an MSc in Digital Marketing and Channel Management at the University of Surrey.
Olubunmi also has an honorary doctorate in Media & Communication and has  completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School as well as the Advanced Management & Leadership Program at Oxford University Said Business School.

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THE BOLDOZ BOOK AND ARTS FESTIVAL

21 – 22 JUNE 2024

Ibibio Cultural Museum located at Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

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