FIDELITY Bank Plc has launched the Fidelity Creative Writing Blog and Literary Café Weekly Writing Competition. This was spurred by the hugely successful initiative and wide acceptance of the International Creative Writing Workshop Series to encourage aspiring writers and to preserve Nigeria’s storytelling culture started seven years ago.
The new series will have contestants compete weekly by posting their entries to a site developed specifically for this purpose. Every week, the bank’s creative writing blog (creative.writing.fidelitybankplc.com) will host 10 of the best works which anyone can read by simply visiting the link on the bank’s official website http://www.fidelitybankplc.com. New topics and also previous week winners will be made public every Monday on the bank’s social media platforms, Facebook, http://www.fidelitybankplc.com/fidelitybankplc and Twitter, @fidelitybankplc.
To maintain the standard of the blog, a panel of internationally acclaimed writers will oversee the selection of the works and will announce the weekly winners. Fidelity Bank by this hopes to further encourage bloggers, online writers, poets and indigenous storytellers as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
The annual International Creative Writing Workshop series organised by Fidelity Bank is part of the bank’s contribution to the preservation of Nigeria’s literary tradition, which was made world famous by Nigerian greats like the late Chinua Achebe, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Niyi Osundare, Chimamanda Adichie, Chris Abani, Helon Habila and other notable writers.
Graduands of this initiative have made good and quick progress in their writing careers in the domestic and international arenas. Tolu Ogunlesi, Uche Umez, Eghosa Imasuen, Jumoke Verissimo and Nze Sylva Ifedigbo are a few of the beneficiaries of the workshop who have moved on to higher levels of accomplishment in their chosen career. More importantly, Fidelity Bank’s bold involvement in the promotion of the Nigerian letters has served as a catalyst to corporate Nigeria to invest in this important sector of our national life. The flurry of literary groups sprouting in Lagos and Abuja may have picked courage from the bank’s wholesale endorsement of the literary arts.
Fidelity Bank has won a number of awards on account of this social investment, including The Most Socially Responsible Bank in Africa Award by The Banker Magazine and other international recognitions. On the local scene, the bank has won the Social Enterprise Reports and Awards (SERA) for five consecutive years for its promotion of Nigerian young writers. The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has also honoured Fidelity Bank with a special award in this regard.