The Maritime Writes Project to Train 50 female, call for entry to end May 7

To mark the 2021 International Women’s Day, Media Traction Ltd, the Executive Producer of Maritime TV, publisher of the Nigerian Maritime News, and Convener of Nigeria Ship Finance Conference and Exhibition (NISFCOE) amongst others, is set to train 50 women in writing maritime themed children storybooks.
Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, Mrs Ezinne Azunna, the Chief Executive Officer, Media Traction said this pioneer edition of “The Maritime Writes Project” would empower the participants by ensuring that the ten best children stories by the participants get published.
She said that besides the empowerment of females, early exposure to maritime themed books could influence the career choices children make later on in life.
Her words;
“Aside from the fact that the first black man to win the Nobel laureate in literature is a Nigerian, the country has in the last 70 years constantly produced world-class authors who have distinguished themselves in the art of storytelling. 
“Despite this prowess in literature, less than one per cent of children’s storybooks written in Nigeria are imbued with maritime/marine themes.  Through early exposure to reading, the Nigerian child unconsciously nurses career dreams as a result of the availability of many works of literature. 
“Often, due to the dearth of literature on maritime/marine themes, they find it difficult at early childhood to dream of a career in the maritime sector. They most times through other circumstances gain knowledge of industry careers later on in life. Unfortunately, this comes too late as the child may have decided on a career path. The lack of early exposure to maritime careers contributes in no small way to the dearth of professionals in the maritime industry.”

The CEO who doubles as the Project Coordinator said the competition/training is open to women who are 18years and above and are interested in honing their story writing skills as well as in getting published.Azunna said participants would be trained by a faculty of renowned professionals and will also have the opportunity of interacting with captains of industry and touring the sector. Winners will have their works publicly read by industry leaders and win prizes. She encouraged women to indicate interest by sending an email to themaritimewritesproject@gmail.com with a children’s story of not more than 250 words attached. She also stated that an entry fee of ten thousand naira (N10,000.00) is required of the participants. All stories should be submitted by Friday, May 7, 2021.

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