Meet some of the judges for the maiden edition of the SCAP Short Story Contest, 2021.
1. AYOOLA ALABA OLAJIDE is the publisher of the Magazine, Sickle Cell News & World Reports, who holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Sociology and Psychology respectively.
Sickle Cell has long been Olajide’s No. 1 subject of interest. He abandoned his doctoral studies (Clinical Psychology, 1991) at the University of Ibadan to work as a journalist.
Under the name of Ola Tamedu, he wrote the autobiography, Menace In My Blood – my affliction with sickle cell anaemia. The book has been translated into Spanish. He is currently President, Ikorodu Sickle Cell Club and former Publicity Secretary, Sickle Cell Club, Lagos/Sickle Cell Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria.
2. TOLA DEHINDE worked at the BBC in London for over two decades. Whilst working, Tola studied French at University, then career and relationship counselling, and later got a diploma in life coaching. Now Tola writes on a weekly basis for Punch Newspaper as a columnist on SCD. Tola is also an author and is in the process of publishing her book on Sickle cell. She’s also a blogger. Do visit – www.howtolivewithsicklecell.co.uk
3. OLUTAYO FALOYE is a graduate of English Language (Linguistics) who is a Business Communication Strategist, ICT coach & Property Consultant.
As a creative writer, he was a co-publisher of an erstwhile entertainment magazine (national) and also Editor-in-chief of a community Newsprint for Amuwo Odofin before going digital.
He is also the Founder/ Director, Disability & Sickle Cell Organization Of Nigeria (DISCON).
4. PROMISE NWANKPA (Pricelessdyl/Dylan Rufus) is a graduate of English Studies with specialization in Literary Criticism. He has a Master’s degree in international Law and Diplomacy.
He is a poet, an essayist, an educator, a compere, a researcher and a prolific writer.
Working with teenagers, he has directed and presented literary works which include Wole Soyinka’s Childe Internationale and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
5. DAVID OWOEYE is a Sickle Cell Warrior who is passionate about sharing his experiences with sickle cell crises, complications, and other challenges to help other sickle cell warriors, their caregivers (families, health workers, and others), and the public in order to create awareness about it, improve the care given and encourage more research in sickle cell disorder.
He is a prolific writer with some awards while serving as the editorial crew of some organizations, and author of the book: “A Life With Sickle Cell Anaemia”. As a medical doctor and an infection prevention and control specialist who graduated with MBBS, MBA and a Master of Science (MSc) in Infection Control from the University of Essex Colchester, the United Kingdom, his work experiences span across general medical practice, the health insurance industry, and infection prevention and control practice.