Date: Saturday 10th July | 24 Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt River State, Nigeria.

In this inaugural series, Obari Gomba leads us on a journey on how writers can influence positive change in their societies.

OBARI GOMBA (PhD), who teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Port Harcourt, is an International Writing Fellow/Honorary Fellow in Writing of the University of Iowa, USA. He is a multiple award-winning poet and playwright. His works include Pearls of the Mangrove, Length of Eyes, Thunder Protocol, For Every Homeland, and Guerrilla Post.

The world is getting changed today via actions and reforms brought about by the arts. Over the years, there has been a conscious tilt towards using the various avenues provided by the arts to address societal causes. As stated by Saro-Wiwa, “The writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society’s weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved in shaping its present and its future.” The arts must, therefore, go beyond entertainment as they help to influence society’s narrative.