Communicators League is pleased to announce Hulya N. Yılmaz, Olayinka Egbokhare, Soji Cole and Winifred Binogun as the judges for the maiden edition of its Creative Writing Contest 2017.
About the Judges
Hulya N. Yılmaz is an interrupted poet and writer since middle school, hidden in a career as a college professor in Humanities. She earned her Ph.D. from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1989. Her extensive teaching experience resulted in a respectable number of thankful students whose verbal and written words of appreciation she cherishes most of all in her profession. She authored a research book in German in 1992 on the literary reflections of cross-cultural influences between the West and the Islamic East – a groundbreaking study for the time. More recently – on April 24, 2012 to be precise, a scholarly anthology was published to which she contributed by invitation with a book chapter on a controversial novel by Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. In her creative writing, yılmaz concentrates on fictional autobiography, short story and poetry. Two of her poems were published in July, 2013 by Indies In Action in the international charity anthology Twist of Fate. Presently, she continues to teach full-time in her fields of specialty; is a self-appointed literary translator and a novice in free-lance writing.
Winifred Binogun is a graduate of English who enjoys exploring the various genres of Literature. She won the Nigerian Writers Awards Best Teenage Writer of the Year award and is currently sharpening her poetry skills as a mentee under the Ibadan Poetry Foundation. While she is an unapologetic ice-cream lover, she also enjoys white wine and chicken.
Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare was born in Ibadan, Oyo State. Her love for writing was brought to the fore by Mrs Ubah, one of her English teachers at the Federal Government Girls College, New-Bussa, Niger State. Yinka holds a Ph.D in Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan where she teaches writing skills, advertising message development amongst other courses. Her novel, Dazzling Mirage was adapted into a movie by Tunde Kelani’s Mainframe Productions.
She makes her home in Ibadan with her husband, Francis and their children.
Soji Cole is a Playwriting/Creative Writing instructor at the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan. He was a 2014 ANA Award winner for play writing. He was shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature in 2014 and also the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2014. He has read his works and co-hosted writing events both in Nigeria, USA and the UK.
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