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Patience proud to see her work in print

28 January 2013

 

Teesside University creative writing graduate Patience Ezinwoke is proud to see her first book in print.

Patience, 42, who moved to the region to study at Teesside University, was inspired to pen her book after visiting ghettos in the Ajegunle area of Nigeria.

She said: 'I did not know about this kind of poverty even though I am from the same country. The book is a way of raising awareness and sparking discussion.

'It’s a children’s book because when it comes to learning, it is best to send out a message to children when they are young.'

She added: 'Through my writing, I hope I can do something to help my country. A problem discussed is half solved. I am hoping it will help to create discussion about the continuing proliferation of ghetto settlements across Nigeria.'

Patience is mentored by Teesside University creative writing lecturers Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie, who released the book through their independent publishing house Ek Zuban.

Patience, who graduated last year from the MA Creative Arts, is currently completing a PhD in creative writing at Teesside University.

Flowers in the Ghetto, which is illustrated by fellow Teesside University graduate Louise Sterling, is available from ekzuban.org.uk and costs £10.