African Writers Hub, is intended to be the go-to place for African writers to find the information they need to make the best of themselves whether they are full-time wordsmiths, hobbyists or anywhere in the spectrum between those.
The shuttering of Naija Writers Coach was a big blow for me and many other writers I know. Apart from being my source of information on almost all the essay contests I participated and won prizes in, I benefited much from the incisive, detailed writing tutorials. Since Abdullahi Tosin left it due to other commitments, I decided that the vacuum is one that needs to be filled, and so here we are.
I believe the only way to repay the debt of standing on the shoulders of giants is to make my own shoulders available for others.
The goal is to have a post every day. The majority of those will be essay contest notifications but there will be frequent posts on monetizing our craft through freelance writing and self-publishing. Money is key, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t be making money out of your love for writing.
In addition, there will be writing tips and tutorials to help writers hone their skills and write even more brilliant content. There will be at least one post in this category every week.
My name is Ademola Adekunbi, but everyone (except my mother and 4 other determined contrarians in my life) calls me Kunbi. I’m law graduate from the University of Ilorin, Kwara state.
I’m an obsessive reader and a compulsive writer.
I have 8 writing prizes to my name, including some organized by Carnegie Council, Georgetown university, ICAN, Chudanog publishers and Maltina. Fun fact: My very first purely writing prize was a poetry competition organized by MI Abaga, for which I won a box of cupcakes on Valentine’s Day, 2013.
I don’t write poetry anymore, nor have I entered any essay competition this year (which I also intend for AWH to remedy). What I’ve been mostly up to is freelance writing and debate.
I began writing professionally in mid-2015 with a job as a magazine writer. I soon moved into ghost-writing on freelance marketplaces. Since then, I have written hundreds of articles for clients cutting across various niches. Nowadays though, I’m pivoting toward brand-building off those sites. I have guest-posted on some blogs, including The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Thrive Global and Career Metis.
In BP debate (as opposed to traditional debating, where I have more awards than I can remember), I have won four trophies and many medals in tournaments across the continent. These include winning the Nigerian varsity debating championship, Nigeria’s Masters Round and two opens in Accra and Kumasi. I was also awarded as the best speaker from Nigeria at last year’s African championship in Zimbabwe.
I love words, be they spoken or written.
It’s great to have you here. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot together, achieve more writing success and have a lot of fun along the way.