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Sumayya Iliyasu



Fellow Biography

Sumayya Iliyasu is a writer, program manager and an artpreneur. She is a Research Officer at the National Gallery of Arts where she specialises in contemporary arts in Nigeria, and actively participates in the curation of art exhibitions.

She is a fellow of Arts Managers and Literary Activists Network (AMLA) 2018 in Uganda and holds a B. A in English from Umaru Musa Yar’adua University.

She worked part time as a Program Officer at the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation where She was instrumental in their Creative Writing Program. During the period she supervised six secondary schools to develop creative writing skills in secondary school students within Kaduna metropolis. The project impacted 180 school children annually through provision of creative writing skills and the provision of mobile libraries to secondary schools. She curated and hosted the monthly YELF Literary evening, with prominent writers and artists as well as proposed and ran the Monthly Book club.

She has experience in supporting the delivery, monitoring and tracking of programs.

She has knowledge of the Nigerian art sector, as the Creative Director for Open Arts, a literary collective hub she co-founded to use art as a form of expression in northern Nigeria. She has been invited to a panel at the Minna Books and Arts festival as well as the one-time Ahmadu Bello University Day of Literature. She has participated at the Kaduna Book and Arts festival, the 2019 Ake Book and Arts festival and the Kaduna Fashion and Arts Festival 2021.


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