Scholar, author and creative writing instructor
Isang Ubong Awah, is a scholar, creative writing instructor and founder of MyRainbowBooks, a special creative writing and book publishing bureau for children and teens. MRB creates high-quality personalized books that make reading fun for children, build their self-esteem by celebrating them and inculcating the right values in them. MRB hosts creative writing workshops across Nigeria and runs and an annual National Creative Writing Competition for children aged five to sixteen to help them develop creative thinking and writing skills. It has also published a number of creative writing books.
Isang is passionate about children and their development trajectory. At the University of Cambridge where she obtained her PhD, the focus of her research was the reading habits of Nigerian children and the factors that affected these. Her finding and recommendations form part of current thinking on early reading strategies for children, especially in Africa. Isang studied Biochemistry at the University of Uyo before switching to her first love: creative writing. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, Literature & Creative Writing from Harvard University.
She is currently a Project Manager in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford where she is working on the development of the Parenting for Lifelong Health Digital (PLH Digital), a digital version of in-person parenting programme. The project is part of the Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub funded by the UK Research and Innovation(UKRI) and The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.
Outside research, Isang is also a scriptwriter and film producer with two movies – Bent Arrow and Broken Arrow – to her name.
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