Formerly known as African Writers Bureau, Diamond Pen International works to empower writers in Nigeria. The organization is led by one of our own SBPRA authors, Bashir Bakare, Diamond Pen International. He is making Nigerian writers’ dreams into reality by offering different events and workshops to young aspiring authors in hopes of helping them grow and learn.
THISDAY featured Mr. Bakare and his organization in its web version. The article, titled “Rallying Writers for Development,” talked about some of the difficulties Nigerian authors face during their writing career and credits Diamond Pen International as the remedy to this problem. THISDAY reporter, Yinka Olantunbosun, met Mr. Bakare and talked at length with him about the organization and its marketing plans. The main target of Diamond Pen International, as Ms. Olantunbosun so eloquently put, is “the youths whose young creative minds need to be fed with rich literary truths of the transforming power of the pen.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Mr. Bakare has organized various programs to increase awareness of the African author scene. Most recently was a training workshop held in in Lagos, Nigeria. With the help of SBRPA, Diamond Pen International was able to bring African authors an informative series of discussions from top industry professionals. Mr. Bakare wants to bring African literature the amount of recognition it deserves. It’s through events like these that he is able to do so.
A notable quote from Mr. Bakare from the THISDAY article shows just how passionate and determined he is: “Through our partners, we believe that we will help African authors join the world and maybe, we will find the next global star. I believe if we can come together, join forces in the quest to promote thousands of African writers, not just one of the few privileged will win a national or international award. We need to do more to make the industry vibrant and attractive to all.”
“We are delighted to work with Mr. Bakare,” said Mr. Robert Fletcher, CEO of Publish On Demand Global and SBPRA. “We see Africa as a great market to establish in partnership with Diamond Pen.”