Route Africa Announces: Route Africa 2.0

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American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald said, “I found that all through the years you never appreciate anything if you get it in a hurry.” Those words have guided Route Africa and her members through what is best described as a slow, perhaps vapid, 2017.

This period, for Route Africa management, has been about restructuring — top-to-bottom restructuring — and indeed, it has been hard. Members did leave in throngs, but there were a faithful few who understood the need to wait. And their wait is not in vain.

It pleases us to announce that the wait is just about over. It heralds what management has termed “Route Africa 2.0”. It is not a different organization; just a vamped up, better-structured, one, and it will roll out in phases.

We will not be giving out information more than is necessary per time concerning this new and improved Route Africa, but be rest assured, whenever something big is about happening (and there are many in the works), you’ll be the first to know.

For now, phase I and II of establishing this new Route Africa has gone into effect:

  • Phase I is all about publicity and reward, and it is simple. Route Africa members, in their words, publicize the organization and attract new blood ready to join the moving train. They are rewarded by having their literary works published on this blog (as many as they can submit, with good editing done). These works are shared, and reviewed, and their writers can gain a public view to their writing prowess and style, and either take advises and critiques on improvements, or feel good about positive feedbacks they receive.
  • Phase II is an internal election for every available executive position in the organization, from top to bottom. It involves self-nomination (based on qualifications, and a good review of office requirements) so as to avoid any form of nepotism, and elections held across all 6 Route Africa leadership levels (INC, NNC, IC, NC, INCT, INCSS—more on this later) after nominations. This ensures new eyes, and eager working spirit needed to drive the organization to its needed heights.

After these two phases, other phases will roll out, and the full reestablishment of the organization will come to effect with the launch of a fully functional website.

Just stay tuned, and suffer long with us, that is all we ask. You’ll not regret it in the end.

For now, we say, welcome back. We’ve not hurried 2017, and we’ve taking caution with haste. What remains is the benefits of patience and good planning.

We remain your bridge for conveying your messages to the rest of the world, as long as you remain that African bird with ink.

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Celebrating World Poetry Day | “Rubrics of My Enchantment” by Uzor Michael 


To celebrate the international Day of Poetry, here’s the winning poem from member, Uzor Michael, on the occasion of our club inauguration in Federal University of Technology Owerri, on 29th September, 2016.

Rubrics of my Enchantment

By Uzor Michael
Whispers of my lost charm

Sift through the thick cloud atop my yam barn

A rendition of discordant tunes

Forcing through my mind a calabash of runes

Of painted malice of my past and present
If only I had known

Alas! My gloom builds a room for me

A lonely room in my mud hut

How I longed for her companionship

If only she knew
I listen. Yes! My ears are awake

To a distant lullaby

Thinking the beautiful hymn to be hers

My feet set to work, dancing.

I dance, and dance.
Oh! The essence of my enchantment

You make me sing when all else is quiet

Your smile, a revelation of starry nights

Oh! My peace amidst chaos

Rubrics of my enchantment.
As I stroll to the farm

The grasses remind me of your fertility

The birds, your freedom

The swift breeze, your gentle caress on my skin

You set the path straight and I walk unharmed
Teach me oh my beloved

Set straight this chaos in my heart
Make me bold to say

My unending confession in hay
Take me by the hand and lead me

Yes lead me, for you are my enchantment
If words mean anything to you

Then hear me say them

You are the oil that adorns my roasted yam

The vegetable that saturates my oha soup
I still hear that distant tune

My heart echoes your voice
Yes! You are my rubrics

And I’ll follow you all the way.

In-House Writing Contest v6: “From February With Love”


​In-House Contest Version 6!

Our In-House contest is a little way we ensure that the writing never ceases. Follow the discussion of this contest and topics on twitter, facebook, and instagram with the hashtags #ROAinHouseV6 and #FromFebruaryWithLove 

  

Welcome to the 6th Version.

You remember February and you think of the fourteenth, and then you think of a name—Valentine—which makes you think of love. Then you think of cherubs with red-tipped arrows, heart-shaped chocolate boxes; a slow waltz on a silent evening with your lover, a meaning sacrifice by a friend, or a simple family meal. You think of a lot of things. We want you to tell us what you think of when you remember February. And if it is not a love story, or about St. Valentine’s gift, or about cupid’s arrow, it’s okay. Tell us still. 

This version is themed “From February with Love”

This version offers you the liberty to choose the topic you write on under the given theme for each category, and this has officially become the way to go with subsequent versions. Apart from this alteration, contest rules remains the same. 
Contest Eligibility:

You have to be African, an active or passive member of Route Africa, and have identified with a Route Africa activity unit in order to participate. To become a member, click here.

 

Contest Rules:

No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions.

Submissions can be made in person to our Chief Editor (Phone: +2348136659798), or email to routeafricamail@gmail.com.

There are 12 categories for the contest, and contest submissions must be made in the format described below:

Category 1: Best Review of African Literature on Wattpad

Task: Considering that wattpad is dominantly consisted of young teenage readers who respond more to socially-friendly pieces than professional work, write a review of an African book that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word Count: Minimum of 1500 and Maximum of 2000 words.

Note: Review must be written on wattpad, on the user profile of the author alone, as a fresh story with only one part. The winning story gets included in a new collection series by the wattpad community profile for the Route Africa activity unit, Meet Africa Initiative, and in addition, receives a Route Africa Seal on its cover page. Still in addition, if the review is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners, and a possible publication in established online literary magazines too.
Category 2: Best Spoken Word Poetry Piece

Task: Write and enact a poem that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word Count: The written work should have a minimum of 1500 words and a maximum of 2000 words.

Note: The written piece should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV6 Spoken Word Submission”. The enacted piece should be uploaded to youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a video series for our Spoken Word in-House Contest winners. If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners.
Category 3: Best Fiction Piece

Task: Write a Fiction piece that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word Count: Minimum of 3500 Words and Maximum of 5000 Words

Note: Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV6 Fiction Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 4: Best Non-Fiction Piece

Task: Write a non-fiction piece that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. ”

Word Count: Minimum of 3500 Words and Maximum of 5000 Words

Note: Non-Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV6 Non-Fiction Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query letter). Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 5: Best Flash Fiction Piece

Task: Write a flash fiction piece that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word Count: Minimum of 400 Words and Maximum of 700 Words

Note: Flash Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV6 Flash Fiction Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 6: Best Poetry Piece

Task: Write a poetry piece that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Verse Count: Minimum of 3 Microsoft Word A4-size pages and Maximum of 4 Microsoft Word A4-size pages (12pt font size; Times New Roman) 

Note: Poem must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV6 Poetry Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Indicate the poetic form employed on the body of the attached poem. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 7: Best Written Play

Task: Write a play that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Acts Count: Minimum of 3 acts and Maximum of 5 acts

Note: Written play must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV6 Written Play Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 8: Best Play-let

Task: Enact a play you’ve written (or one someone else has) that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Script Length: Minimum of 4 script pages and Maximum of 6 script pages

Acts Count: Minimum of 3 acts and Maximum of 5 acts 

(Choice of act or script is at your discretion)

Note: The written piece should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV6 Playlet Submission”. The enacted piece should be uploaded to youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a video series for our in-House Play Contest winners. If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners.
Category 9: Best News Coverage

Task: Cover recent news (not older than 3 weeks) focused on a topic that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word count: Minimum of 1500 Words Maximum of 2000 Words

Note: The News Piece must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV6 News Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 10: Best Review of African and Non-African Work

Task: Write a concise review of an African book that depicts the theme of this contest’s version.

Word Count: Minimum of 2500 Words and Maximum of 3000 Words

Note: The review should be written and posted on goodreads.com with the goodreads account of the author of the work. Winning review will be included in a new Route Africa series published on our blog, centered on winners of out in-House contest Reviews. In addition, winning works have a chance to receive publicity for their works by any of our established partners, and in turn, have their works referenced in any publication by an established online literary magazine.
Category 11: Best Blog Post

Task: Write a Blog Post on the topic that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word Count: Minimum of 1500 Words and Maximum of 2000 Words

Note: The blog post should be written and posted on the blog site of the author of the work. Winning posts will be reblogged on our blog, and be compiled for our “Blog Posts of the Year” at the end of the year, where featured authors will receive an award price (an appreciation for continuous writing and the beauty of the blogging art). In addition, winning works have a chance to receive publicity for their works by any of our established partners, and in turn, have their works referenced in any publication by an established online literary magazine.
Category 12: Best Interviews

Task: Conduct an interview with a young African and get him/her to answer a question that depicts the theme of this contest’s version, in light of his/her business start-up.

Interview Length: Minimum of 7 minutes and Maximum of 10 minutes.

Note: The written piece of the interview (if any) should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV6 Interview Submission”. The interview must be caught on camera, and the video should be uploaded to youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a video series for our in-House Interview Contest winners. If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners.
Contest Prizes:

Grand Prize: A chance to get your work published by an established online literary magazine.

Other Rewards:

Chances to be on the watch list of established personalities in the African Literary world, who have affiliations with us, and be announced by them.

Enlisting your work in our special collections of exceptional work.

Membership with a fast-growing literary community of youngsters in Africa.

 

Runner-Ups: The beauty of Route Africa’s in-House contests is that Everyone’s a Winner. Runner-ups will comprise of all the works that did not win. How do runner-ups win as well? They win by receiving a chance to redo (if necessary) their works, and have them published on our blog once redone as one of our regular blog posts/pieces.

 

Judges

Our judging panel consists of a carefully selected group of readers, and winners are chosen by popular opinion among these readers.

 

Deadline:

Each version of Route Africa’s in-House contest runs for a three-week period. Version 6 runs from 0900 hrs, GMT+1 Monday, 27th February, 2017 to Monday, 20th March, 2017.

Submissions will only be received for version 6 within that window. Any submission after this time will be ignored.

Contest winners will be contacted the following day, as well as runner-ups.

 

♥♥Good luck guys, and may the best writer win.♥♥
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Bring Back Our Reading Culture | Highlights of The Efficient Reading Skills Workshop in FUTO 

by Ndukwe-Nwoke Chiziterem
Millennials (also known as Generation X) are persons born between the 1980s and the 2000s. They have been known to be the truly digital generation. A lot of advent and inventions that have been made in the information sector (social media, messaging, internet content interactivity) has occurred during – and has mostly been due to – this time period.

Today we have facebook, twitter, snapchat, instagram, and a continual and rapid discarding of information as plain text. This has dropped appreciation levels for the written word, and hence, people would rather watch a movie about The Great Gatsby than read the timeless classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald; they would rather have a snapchat or instagram story or a periscope feed inform them about a natural disaster or a terrorist attack than information on Times or Guardian or Vanguard (even if the information is sharing the same digital space as the video stories or feeds they run to).

Nobody is condemning this action. It is simply a call to any who hasn’t yet observed and known this—the times has indeed changed, and methodology to approach things must with it. News companies now incorporate strategies like Eye-Reports to cater for the desire to have a smart-phone recorded video story or feed be the source of news. Radio presenters have tilted more towards facebook comments and tweets to engage their audiences on their shows than the traditional phone-ins. It is everywhere—reading culture is dwindling, or rather, drastically changing.

In Africa, where effective education is scarce, and phone companies that produce low-budget smart phones as their business strategy (Infinix, Tecno, Innjoo, etc) have made into their biggest market, this lack, or inadvertent negligence, of reading poses a much greater problem. Africa is in dire need of persons who would not only catch up with the western world in R&D (Research and Development), but will overtake them and build Africa into a fierce economy. When we have Africans who aren’t reading and depend on those 1% who can afford education in diaspora to come home and perform magic for us, then, regrettably, Africa will remain the pity case for the western world. So, it is obvious there is a need for the efforts to get people to read in Africa is far greater than these efforts elsewhere.
This millennial syndrome – pardon the coined term – of preferring images, gifs, memes, videos, to text can only be solved if there is an efficient way where these texts, no matter how lengthy, can be treated the same way the videos, gifs, memes, and still captivating images are treated. The answer is speed reading.

Now, this is not speed reading as you may picture it, but instead, a scientifically-providential means to have a person appreciate long texts as he does a movie by comprehending fully and reading faster. There’s a lot to be said about how this is possible, and how efforts have already been made, and are still being improved upon to make this experience work for everybody, but this article is not about it. To learn more about speed reading, visit readfaster.com .

The Reading Revolution in Africa Project, RRIAP (a movement founded by Festus Azarah) 

is dedicated to seeing Africa through in this respect. Since it began full operation in 2012, the movement has approached secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria to introduce speed and efficient reading to students, and as well, motivate them to read and research more. 

The latest workshop conducted by RRIAP was in the Federal University of Technology Owerri, which was done in collaboration with Route Africa Writers Organization, FUTO (the FUTO club for Route Africa Writers Organization, a non-profit organization for emerging African writers) on Saturday, the 28th of January, 2017. 

The workshop, tagged The Efficient Reading Skills Workshop and campaigned with the hashtag #ReadRevFUTO, was graced by World-renowned researcher on Space Neuroscience and author of over 200 books, as well as proponent of the Igbo Heritage as Mediators of Yahweh, Academician Prince (Dr.) Phil Njemanze,

Academician Prince (Dr.) Phil Njemanze giving talk on “Igbo, Mediators of Yahweh”

who spoke extensively on his controversial and game-changing research and findings on the Igbo Culture (See this YouTube video for an interview with him where he explains this) and challenged participants to read wide and see joy in research. The event also hosted Dr. Uchenna Uwakwe, 

Dr. Uche Uwakwe giving talk on Positive Writing Culture

coordinator of Read to Write Right movement and staff adviser of Route Africa FUTO. Mr. Festus Azarah

Mr. Festus Azarah conducting the Reading Training

gave his workshop training on speed reading, and the event was wrapped up really nicely with a challenge to partipants to purchase the speed reading software introduced on the event day, read wider, and not accept limits. 
Other highlights of the day was an introductory speech by Route Africa’s founder, Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke, 

Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke giving talk on Route Africa titled “Speak”

titled “Speak” where he challenged participants to always use their voices, and not be silent on matters. Route Africa member, Stanley Ekpegbue

Stanley Ekpegbue doing Spoken Word

 gave a moving spoken word performance, Book promotions was done by Emizon Group‘s founder, Emma Ekeke,

Emma Ekeke (owner, Emizon Publications) doing Book Promotions

and finally, people left motivated, and pumped to bring back our reading culture. Not an African cry alone, but a global one indeed.
The event was anchored by Route Africa member, Okwuosa Chidike, an up-and-coming rapper and songwriter.

Okwuosa Chidike anchoring the event

Here are other photos from the event:

Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke (Route Africa founder) and Oyim Theresa (reporter, De Lumen Press FUTO)

(Route Africa Founder with Oyim Theresa, Reporter from De Lumen Press FUTO)

L-T-R: Chioma Ginikanwa (Route Africa Vice President), Dr. Uche Uwakwe, and Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke

L-T-R: Chioma Ginikanwa, Academician Prince (Dr.) Phil Njemanze, and Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke

L-T-R: Dr. Uwakwe, Dr. Njemanze, Chioma, and Chiziterem

Mr. Festus Azarah and Dr. Uche watching a video presentation by by Les Brown

Dr. Njemanze and a section of the Participants

Event being live tweeted (Hashtag #ReadRevFUTO)

Engaged audience during Mr. Azarah’s training

Interactive session with Dr. Njemanze

Dr. Uwakwe reading out of his poem collection, The Headmaster’s Resonance

Dr. Uwakwe and a captured audience

An engaged student

Another engaged student

Chiziterem and a listening audience

Event Sponsors: The Literacy Company, MISSL, NIFES FUTO, De Lumen Press FUTO, Daniel’s RecipeQube Technology, Insight Media, Deezey Media, and Ugraffix.

In-House Writing Contest v5


In-House Contest Version 5!

Our In-House contest is a little way we ensure that the writing never ceases. Think NaNoWriMo, but not in 30 days . . . all the time instead! And all the genres available as well, and best of all, rewards of special publications and publicity for contest winners.

Follow the discussion of this contest and topics on twitter with the hashtag #ROAinHouseV5

 

Welcome to Version 5. People make New Year Resolutions. Many see them to fulfilment, others try at them consistently and fail, the rest find themselves too weak to bring to achievement what they have promised themselves. Our resolutions range from decisions to turn from vice and do better to having more love in our hearts, to never let go of a virtue or of a loved one, to become more philanthropic, to embrace knowledge, to finally pursue that dream, or simply, to say “sorry” some more. 

In this version, we want you to express resolutions made for 2017 (either yours or someone else’s, if you’re privy to that) in literary form. What you’re required to do for all categories is to write a journey of seeing that resolution through 365 days of 2017 — whether hampered by hurdles, failed at, or succeeded at — and then returning to January 1, realizing the events in your piece are either a dream, a trance, a revelation, time travel, prophecy, or some other scientific/mystical means that has been known/suspected to speak of the future. 

This version is themed “This Year’s Prognosis”

Unlike previous in-house contest versions, this version offers you the liberty to choose the topic you write on under the given theme for each category. Apart from this alteration, contest rules remains the same. 

Contest Eligibility:

You have to be African, an active or passive member of Route Africa, and have identified with a Route Africa activity unit in order to participate. To become a member, click here.

 

Contest Rules:

No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions.

Submissions can be made in person to our Chief Editor (Phone: +2348136659798), or email to routeafricamail@gmail.com.

There are 12 categories for the contest, and contest submissions must be made in the format described below:

Category 1: Best Light Review of African Literature on Wattpad

Task: Considering that wattpad is dominantly consisted of young teenage readers who respond more to socially-friendly pieces than professional work, write a review of an African book that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word Count: Minimum of 1500 and Maximum of 2000 words.

Note: Review must be written on wattpad, on the user profile of the author alone, as a fresh story with only one part. The winning story gets included in a new collection series by the wattpad community profile for the Route Africa activity unit, Meet Africa Initiative, and in addition, receives a Route Africa Seal on its cover page. Still in addition, if the review is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners, and a possible publication in established online literary magazines too.

Category 2: Best Spoken Word Poetry Piece

Task: Write and enact a poem that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word Count: The written work should have a minimum of 1500 words and a maximum of 2000 words.

Note: The written piece should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV5 Spoken Word Submission”. The enacted piece should be uploaded to youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a video series for our Spoken Word in-House Contest winners. If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners.

Category 3: Best Fiction Piece

Task: Write a Fiction piece that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Note: Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV5 Fiction Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 4: Best Non-Fiction Piece

Task: Write a non-fiction piece that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. ”

Word Count: Minimum of 3500 Words and Maximum of 5000 Words

Note: Non-Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV5 Non-Fiction Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query letter). Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 5: Best Flash Fiction Piece

Task: Write a flash fiction piece that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word Count: Minimum of 400 Words and Maximum of 700 Words

Note: Flash Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV5 Flash Fiction Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 6: Best Written Poetry

Task: Write a poetry piece that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Verse Count: Minimum of 3 Microsoft Word A4-size pages and Maximum of 4 Microsoft Word A4-size pages (12pt font size; Times New Roman) 

Note: Poem must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV5 Poetry Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Indicate the poetic form employed on the body of the attached poem. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 7: Best Written Play

Task: Write a play that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Acts Count: Minimum of 3 acts and Maximum of 5 acts

Note: Written play must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV5 Written Play Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 8: Best Scripted Play

Task: Enact a play you’ve written (or one someone else has) that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Script Length: Minimum of 4 script pages and Maximum of 6 script pages

Acts Count: Minimum of 3 acts and Maximum of 5 acts 

(Choice of act or script is at your discretion)

Note: The written piece should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV5 Playlet Submission”. The enacted piece should be uploaded to youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a video series for our in-House Play Contest winners. If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners.
Category 9: Best News Coverage

Task: Cover recent news (not older than 3 weeks) focused on a topic that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word count: Minimum of 1500 Words Maximum of 2000 Words

Note: The News Piece must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV5 News Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.
Category 10: Best Concise Review of African and Non-African Work

Task: Write a concise review of an African book that depicts the theme of this contest’s version.

Word Count: Minimum of 2500 Words and Maximum of 3000 Words

Note: The review should be written and posted on goodreads.com with the goodreads account of the author of the work. Winning review will be included in a new Route Africa series published on our blog, centered on winners of out in-House contest Reviews. In addition, winning works have a chance to receive publicity for their works by any of our established partners, and in turn, have their works referenced in any publication by an established online literary magazine.
Category 11: Best Blog Post

Task: Write a Blog Post on the topic that depicts the theme of this contest’s version. 

Word Count: Minimum of 1500 Words and Maximum of 2000 Words

Note: The blog post should be written and posted on the blog site of the author of the work. Winning posts will be reblogged on our blog, and be compiled for our “Blog Posts of the Year” at the end of the year, where featured authors will receive an award price (an appreciation for continuous writing and the beauty of the blogging art). In addition, winning works have a chance to receive publicity for their works by any of our established partners, and in turn, have their works referenced in any publication by an established online literary magazine.
Category 12: Best Interviews

Task: Conduct an interview with a young African and get him/her to answer a question that depicts the theme of this contest’s version, in light of his/her business start-up.

Interview Length: Minimum of 7 minutes and Maximum of 10 minutes.

Note: The written piece of the interview (if any) should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV5 Interview Submission”. The interview must be caught on camera, and the video should be uploaded to youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a video series for our in-House Interview Contest winners. If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners.
Contest Prizes:

Grand Prize: A chance to get your work published by an established online literary magazine.

Other Rewards:

Chances to be on the watch list of established personalities in the African Literary world, who have affiliations with us, and be announced by them.

Enlisting your work in our special collections of exceptional work.

Membership with a fast-growing literary community of youngsters in Africa.

Runner-Ups: The beauty of Route Africa’s in-House contests is that Everyone’s a Winner. Runner-ups will comprise of all the works that did not win. How do runner-ups win as well? They win by receiving a chance to redo (if necessary) their works, and have them published on our blog once redone as one of our regular blog posts/pieces.

 

Judges:

Our judging panel consists of a carefully selected group of readers, and winners are chosen by popular opinion among these readers.

 

Deadline:

Each version of Route Africa’s in-House contest runs for a three-week period. Version 5 runs from 0900 hrs, GMT+1 Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 to Wednesday, 2nd February, 2017.

Submissions will only be received for version 5 within that window. Any submission after this time will be ignored.

Contest winners will be contacted the following day, as well as runner-ups.

 

♥♥Good luck guys, and may the best writer win.♥♥
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In-House Writing Contest v4 Winners


We’re happy to once again announce the winners of our in-house writing contest v4 themed “Of Christmas”.

Contest was held in 12 categories and a good number of entries were received within the 3 week space the contest ran. Our judges took a good look at the entries and returned these names as the winners of this version’s contest (only 2 of 12 categories are represented here, and this is because entries for other categories were insufficient to make out a winner):

Best Short Fiction: “The Made List Checked Twice” by Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke. 


Best Flash Fiction: “Christmas with the Okoyes” by Thea Onyekwuo. 

Both winning entries have been published on reputable African literary blog, moofyme.com. Click on the entry titles to read. Do well to share and comment on the entries. 

We congratulate Chiziterem and Thea for their participation, and bid them success for the upcoming v5.

To find out details about our in-house contests, click the link below:

Version 1
Version 2 (Rio 2016 Olympics) 

Version 3 (A New President)
Version 4 (Of Christmas)
Expect a more exciting v5, and remember, writing never ceases. 

….birds and bridges! 

Testimonials From Our Members

Some time ago, right before our inauguration, a handful of Route Africa members made videos of themselves, speaking of why they joined Route Africa, what Route Africa is doing for them and their literary goals, and where they hope their journey with the organization would take them to in the near future. Route Africa founder and president, Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke, narrated a short version of our start up story. 

In case you missed our inauguration where these videos where first viewed, we’ve gone ahead to upload them on YouTube for you to see yourselves. 

Here are the videos, seven of them:

From Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke (founder) on how we started:

From Ekpegbue Stanley:

From Queen Arekpitan:

From Chima Okeke:

From Egbuna Michael:

From Precious Eke:

From Ifunanya Igwe:

If you want to be part of this, it’s easy. Follow this link ( https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSco7-houhLMfpLAdiOsP-orTDs761jcA8soEb7vdOhi40mdUA/viewform ) fill the form to become part of the fast rising community of emerging African writers that is Route Africa, observe your stay, then make your own video and mail to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line: “ROA Testimonial from <your name>”

For you all who take time to read our blog, many thanks for being part of our story. 

In-House Writing Contest Version 4: “Of Christmas”

In-House Contest Version 4!

Our In-House contest is a little way we ensure that the writing never ceases. Think NaNoWriMo, but not in 30 days . . . all the time instead! And all the genres available as well, and best of all, rewards of special publications and publicity for contest winners.

Follow the discussion of this contest and topics on twitter with the hashtag #ROAinHouseV4

Welcome to Version 4. In this version, we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, with our pens first. Themed “Of Christmas”, this version presents recognizable and easily relatable elements of the Christmas holiday and the Christmas spirit, and we get to write on them, in whatever context we choose. The flexible nature of this version allows space for more creative thinking, and a splendorous array of fun, interesting, engaging stories from all participants. It’s gonna be a jolly good, colourful, ride, as has been since auld lang syne. 

Contest Eligibility:

You have to be African, a registered member of Route Africa, and have identified with a Route Africa activity unit in order to participate. To become a member, click here.

Contest Rules:

No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions.

Submissions can be made in person to our Chief Editor (Phone: +2348136659798), or email to routeafricamail@gmail.com.

There are 12 categories for the contest, and contest submissions must be made in the format described below:

Category 1: Best Review of African Literature on Wattpad

Task: Write a review on wattpad of any already written story by someone else other than you that reminds you of the word “Boxing” as it relates to Christmas.

Word Count: Minimum of 1500 and Maximum of 2000 words.

Note: Review must be written on wattpad, on the user profile of the author alone, as a fresh story with only one part. The winning story gets included in a new collection series by the wattpad community profile for the Route Africa activity unit, Meet Africa Initiative, and in addition, receives a Route Africa Seal on its cover page. Still in addition, if the review is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners, and a possible publication in established online literary magazines too.

Category 2: Best Spoken Word Poetry Piece

Task: Write and enact a poem that reminds you of the word “Carol” as it pertains to Christmas.

Word Count: The written work should have a minimum of 1500 words and a maximum of 2000 words.

Note: The written piece should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV4 Spoken Word Submission”. The enacted piece should be uploaded to youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a video series for our Spoken Word in-House Contest winners. If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners.

Category 3: Best Fiction Piece

Task: Write a short fiction piece that the words “Saint Nicholas” inspires, as it pertains to Christmas.

Note: Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV4 Fiction Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query letter). Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 4: Best Non-Fiction Piece

Task: Write on the topic “Origins” as it pertains to Christmas.

Word Count: Minimum of 3500 Words and Maximum of 5000 Words

Note: Non-Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV4 Non-Fiction Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query letter). Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 5: Best Flash Fiction Piece

Task: Write a flash fiction piece that the word “Grinch” inspires, as it pertains to Christmas.

Word Count: Minimum of 400 Words and Maximum of 700 Words

Note: Flash Fiction work must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV4 Flash Fiction Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query letter). Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 6: Best Poetry Piece

Task: Write a poem that reminds you of the word “Mistletoe” as it pertains to Christmas.

Line Count: Minimum of 60 lines and Maximum of 80 lines.

Note: Poem must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV4 Poetry Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Indicate the poetic form employed on the body of the attached poem. Also attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query letter). Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 7: Best Written Play

Task: Write a play that reminds you of the word “Fried Rice” as it pertains to Christmas.

Acts Count: Minimum of 3 acts and Maximum of 5 acts

Note: Written play must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV4 Written Play Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query letter). Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 8: Best Play-let

Task: Enact a play you’ve written (or one someone else has) that reminds you of the word “12 Days” as it pertains to Christmas.

Script Length: Minimum of 4 script pages and Maximum of 6 script pages

Acts Count: Minimum of 3 acts and Maximum of 5 acts (Choice of act or script is at your discretion)

Note: The written piece should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV4 Playlet Submission”. The enacted piece should be uploaded to youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a video series for our in-House Play Contest winners. If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners.

Category 9: Best News Coverage

Task: Cover recent news (not older than 3 weeks) that reminds you of the word “Kwanzaa” as it pertains to Christmas.

Word count: Minimum of 1500 Words Maximum of 2000 Words

Note: The News Piece must be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com as an attachment (.docx, .doc or .rtf formats) with subject line “ROAV4 News Submission”. Include on the body of your mail a query letter indicating your name, location, and contact details. Also attach a recent photograph. (Click to learn how to write a query letter). Winning piece gets a publication in an established online literary magazine in partnership with Route Africa.

Category 10: Best Review of African and Non-African Work

Task: Write a review of a book already written story by someone else other than you that reminds you of the word “Hanukkah” as it relates to Christmas.

Word Count: Minimum of 2500 Words and Maximum of 3000 Words

Note: The review should be written and posted on goodreads.com with the goodreads account of the author of the work. Winning review will be included in a new Route Africa series published on our blog, centered on winners of out in-House contest Reviews. In addition, winning works have a chance to receive publicity for their works by any of our established partners, and in turn, have their works referenced in any publication by an established online literary magazine.

Category 11: Best Blog Post

Task: Write a Blog Post that reminds you of the word “Papa Noël” as it pertains to Christmas.

Word Count: Minimum of 1500 Words and Maximum of 2000 Words

Note: The blog post should be written and posted on the blog site of the author of the work. Winning posts will be reblogged on our blog, and be compiled for our “Blog Posts of the Year” at the end of the year, where featured authors will receive an award price (an appreciation for continuous writing and the beauty of the blogging art). In addition, winning works have a chance to receive publicity for their works by any of our established partners, and in turn, have their works referenced in any publication by an established online literary magazine.

Category 12: Best Interviews

Task: Conduct an interview with a young African and get him/her to answer questions about “Purchases” as it pertains to Christmas.

Interview Length: Minimum of 7 minutes and Maximum of 10 minutes.

Note: The written piece of the interview (if any) should be mailed to routeafricamail@gmail.com with subject line “ROAV4 Interview Submission”. The interview must be caught on camera, and the video should be uploaded to youtube on the youtube channel of the author of the piece. The winning piece gets a his video included in a video made by Route Africa, dedicated to his winning piece, included as a video series for our in-House Interview Contest winners. If the piece is good enough, it stands a chance to get a shout out from our established partners.

Contest Prizes:

Grand Prize: A chance to get your work published by an established online literary magazine.

Other Rewards:

  • Chances to be on the watch list of established personalities in the African Literary world, who have affiliations with us, and be announced by them.
  • Enlisting your work in our special collections of exceptional work.
  • Membership with a fast-growing literary community of youngsters in Africa.

Runner-Ups: The beauty of Route Africa’s in-House contests is that Everyone’s a Winner. Runner-ups will comprise of all the works that did not win. How do runner-ups win as well? They win by receiving a chance to redo (if necessary) their works, and have them published on our blog once redone as one of our regular blog posts/pieces.

Judges

Our judging panel consists of a carefully selected group of readers, and winners are chosen by popular opinion among these readers.

Deadline:

Each version of Route Africa’s in-House contest runs for a three-week period. Version 4 runs from 0900 hrs, GMT+1 Tuesday, 6th December, 2016 to 2100 hrs, GMT+1, Tuesday, 27th December, 2016.

Submissions will only be received for version 4 within that window. Any submission after this time will be ignored.

Contest winners will be contacted the following day, as well as runner-ups.

♥♥Good luck guys, and may the best writer win.♥♥

POWERED BY OUR CURRENT PUBLICATION, PUBLICITY AND MENTORING PARTNERS: MOOFYME.COM & IRENOSEN OKOJIE (TWITTER LINK).

Route Africa Launches SoundCloud Podcasts

So, in today’s world, writing with pen and paper seem not to suffice anymore. Platforms like wattpad provide means to convert your mobile phone or tablet (or laptop if you’re old school)  to a typewriter and churn pieces of words away. YouTube was a blessing for spoken word poetry performers…and stage acting (improv, miming, etc). The list of ways literary involvement and appreciation has advanced and integrated itself really well in society today tells of the acceptability of more and more unorthodox ways of creating works of literature. Mobile apps, TV, radio, the internet, are all mighty facilitators of this integration. More people who were skeptical at first are now trying their hands at pieces of writing, of any sort (wattpad alone boasts of 127k sign ups every day. The ongoing NaNoWriMo, in one year’s event alone, creates stories whose words when lined up to each other could stretch from Berkeley to Timbuktu and back). One of those platforms is soundcloud (the YouTube of audio).

Today, podcasts are everywhere, people are talking about everything from all over the place, in their own unique way. And people are listening too. The spread of information is at its highest; and it’s only going to keep spreading. As you might have come to notice, we at Route Africa are all about aiding the spread of that information. But instead, our information; Africa’s information, Africa’s stories, through the minds and lips of young Africans (especially students). This has lead to the launch of our soundcloud platform where member-writers of Route Africa talk about African literature they way they want to. And all you’ve got to participate is tune in and listen, all for free. 

And what’s more brilliant?  All you need to do to get a section where you can speak to as an African writer is to simply register. You’ll be free to share any piece of literature or literature news or gossip or talk you may want to share, in your way. 

And we must repeat this again-in your own way! 

We kick off this launch with a podcast from our President and founder Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke. His corner is “What’s up Writing World? ” and as a starter, he reads out and talks about the take a notable African literary icon had on the results of the American presidential elections. And then, he goes on to read out a poem he wrote on the despair in solitariness titled ‘Solitaire’. 

Here’s the link to the podcast on soundcloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/route-africa/whats-up-writing-world-podcast

So, quit waiting if you’re reading this and require a means to let your voice be heard and be part of a community dedicated to announcing you to the world as well. Join us. Speak. Let the world hear your message and your story. 

A New President: ROA In-House Contest V3 Entries Closed

Entry for the third version of Route Africa’s In-House Contest ended today. 

It was a fun time exploring the theme “A New President”. This theme was inspired by the American Presidential Elections that would come to a close by tomorrow, 9th. 

The theme explores the pomp and circumstance associated with the office of president, not just in the United States, but anywhere else. The carefully selected topics for the 12 categories of the contest gives a full spectrum view of the good, the bad, the ugly, but most importantly, the understood about what it means to be president, all from the perspective of emerging African writers. 

Receiving a total of two submissions (a blog post and a short fiction),  there was no need for a judging panel. These entries will be put up here (or given an honourable mention here) in due time. We hope V4 will be much more engaging. Our hopes are to attach a prize money to the next version. 

Writing, among Africans, especially those questioning their love or desire to write is indeed challenging. And this is one of the missions of Route Africa-to make sure this does not remain the case. Our in-house contest is one way we achieve this. It is incessant writing. It is fun, and the surest way to improve one’s writing skills. 

Care to write some more?  Don’t hesitate. Join up with us, let’s learn together.

Details for V4 will be announced on this blog in 7 days time. Stay tuned.