Amara Chimeka Is 2021 holden diversity fellow
The US-based organisers announced few days ago that the awardees were chosen on the strength of their impressive contributions and “commitment to advancing diversity in their workplaces and their published work.”
Consisting mostly females, five Americans and one Nigerian, each will receive up to $3,000 to apply to course tuition, conference fees, travel, or other costs related to their continuing career development and skill building.
The first African to receive the Holden Diversity Fellowship, Chimeka said it was almost unbelievable when she got the news and feels the opportunity would improve her editorial skills, which in turn, will percolate the local creative industry, where she has been a key player as the CEO/Founder of Purple Shelves Publishing Ltd for more than five years.
“The goal is to train and position Richard S. Holden fellows to be global leaders in the publishing ecosystem,” Chimeka said.
According to the lady, “the exposure and trainings will ensure that I am in tandem with and uphold global standard practices in all books that I get to edit going forward. Then, seeing that I could achieve this here in Nigeria would inspire other editors here to seek trainings and certifications. Better-edited books mean better reading experiences for consumers and validation for writers and their publishers. Eventually it is a win for everyone, directly or indirectly.”
Chimeka holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the universities of Benin and Lagos, respectively, and a Diplome D’etude En Langue Francais. She is a doctoral student at the University of Lagos and was once a recipient of the UNILAG School of Postgraduate Studies Graduate Fellowship Award.
She is a seasoned Copyeditor, Proofreader, Copywriter, and Publisher with trainings and certifications from the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (formerly known as SFEP) UK; Publishing Training Centre (BookHouse); and ACES: The Society for Editing, US.
Other 2021 Richard Holden fellows include: Emily Shi Lee of Honolulu, Hawaii; Seth McBride of Portland, Oregon; Sydney Jarrard of Hudson, New York; KaToya Ellis Fleming of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Juliet M. Beverly of Arlington, Virginia.