Ivorian writer and translator Edwige Dro, nominated as one of the most promising young writers of the African continent by the Africa39 project, was invited in March 2017 by the Institut français du Nigeria for a series of projects around literature and creative writing. In the frame of the francophonie festival, she led a two weeks creative writing workshop in French with a group of 5 participants from Abuja, beginners in writing. They worked on developing their style and learned some new writing techniques. Literary translation from French into English was also part of the programme. This workshop was a unique opportunity for the participants, mostly Nigerians, to use the French language in a creative and artistic way.
Mrs Dro’s presence in Nigeria was also an opportunity to collaborate with the French school. The writer gave presentations and small workshops to five groups of children, who were happy to meet a professional writer. They raised the issue of bilingualism in writing, which is faced by most of these children.
Finally, the Institut français du Nigeria organised an author panel discussion in partnership with the Abuja Literary Society. Nigerian writers Odafe Atogun and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (winner of the NLNG Nigeria prize for literature), together with Edwige Dro, discussed the topic of translation between French and English in West African literatures, and more generally of the circulation of literary works on the African continent.