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Eriata Oribhabor unveils 3 Poetry books today

Eriata Oribhabor (Di Poet), President of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) this morning in Lagos, would unveil three new poetry books at the Virgin Rose Resorts Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The three books entitled; Walking Truths, That Beautiful Picture, and Colours and Borders contain over 400 poems inspired by his thoughts and experiences from 2015. The book unveiling event which will start from 11:30am has Mr. Modecai B.D. Ladan (Fmr. Director of DPR) as the chairman while the Acting Director of DPR, Alh. Ahmad R. Shakur would serve as the Chief host and Book Unveiler.
The books would be reviewed at the event by Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom with music by Hon. Kutcheti (Africa’s Don Williams)

Poet-Today ~ Chris 'N' John

The Meal of Words
The rock you are called O hear this For mother nature gave the flow
To make sense of phenomenal nonsense For in this Is the mind of the poet incubated It soars with wings beyond the wind To dazzle the rock with the person of the poet For this your name came from the book of books.
My mind soars to find a friend in words. Now I know I shall never be alone To share this meal in books
The meal of words is known But only to persons for whom it’s cooked For thus the meal is savoured by them alone
Sages are born not bred So their words are borne With wisdom and richness seen
Thy praise many would not know Yet the sage like earth absorbed thy words For thy flow like the ocean is great an imagination.

Chris N. John writes from Lagos, Nigeria. She's the author of The Rhythm, a poetry collection published 2019. Her works have appeared in local newspapers, University magazines, LoudthotzOpen Poetry Reading, anthologies, and online platforms.

How oral literature can solve conflicts in Africa ~ Prof. Ker, IBB University, Lapai

Professor of Oral and Comparative Literature, and the Dean, Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Prof. Apegba Ker, has advocated for the deployment of oral literature in addressing the conflict bedeviling Nigeria and other African societies floating on destructive waters.
Delivering the 14th inaugural lecture of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, last weekend, entitled “The Dynamics of Change: The Oral Artist and the Survival/Preservation of the Form” Prof. Ker posited that aside the entertainment role of oral literature, the lessons embedded in traditional songs and stories have made them a viable tool for conflict resolution and prevention.
According to him, as Nigeria and some other African countries continue to grapple with communal conflicts and violence, oral literature is a passable route to follow in promoting peace and progress of humanity. He noted that “through oral histories, narratives,…

Mentorship should be as distant as possible ~ Jaiyeoba Amatesiro Dore

I learnt something very profound from my step dad as I was growing up as a writer and young man, it is very important to leave people to wander alone as they come up in life. Clap for them, let them have access to your resource materials/library if you live in close quarters. Feed their confidence by listening to their fears and let them find the solutions within themselves.
All that is required to do better in literature is continuous access to good literature, application to writing workshops and seminars, entering for competitions and prizes and simply jotting down whatever creative thoughts that comes to mind.
But it is very important never to enter into the personal space of an artist. Not to influence their styles with your own personal politics and syntax.
We are not just artists but also equal creators and humans. The best gift you can give an artist is a mind of his own.
Namwali Serpell met an inspiring writer at Harvard during her Ph.D programme and that singular experience cost…

Essay ~ Towards a United Humanity: A Literary Retrospection (Part II) ~ Paul Liam

Concluding part.

Our meeting at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport was dramatic, and the ambience so genuine that an onlooker would think we had known each other all our lives. He clearly disarmed me with his affectionate conviviality of a cultured fellow. I had been trying to text him that I was outside waiting for him when I saw a six footer (not sure about his exact height) hurrying towards me with a wild smile and open arms spread in embrace. Of course, this act of familiarity took me off guard, it was after a long while that I realized it had been his own way of creating a psychological balance between us. He was a smart guy, I figured out independently. Being a student of Counselling Psychology, I understood where he was coming from and his predisposition to friendliness, he was a stranger and I was to be hisguide, so by disarming me at our first meeting, he would have created a cordial ground for our soon to become brotherly relationship. I reckoned this guy must be brilli…

Praxis Magazine holds Hangout in Kano, unveils new platform for Hausa Literature.

The Praxis Magazine Online hangout, themed around mental health had a record attendance that provided a space and voice to issues of mental health in our communities.
The Guest Speaker, Dr. Mustapha Ibrahim Gudaji, whose vast knowledge on psychiatry and drug abuse, enabled him provide a better understanding of mental illnesses from a medical perspective, discussed depression, suicide, post-partum depression and misconceptions like the attribution of mental illnesses to lack of spirituality. He also spoke about the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, and its’ vigorous fight towards demystifying mental illnesses. He urged everyone to treat people with mental health challenges as they would any human, and to help reduce the stigma placed around seeking help for mental illnesses. The hangout which held between 2pm to 5pm Nigerian time, at the American Space, Murtala Muhammad Library, Ahmadu Bello way, Nasarawa, Kano, drew the likes of Hajiya Balaraba Ramat (Writer/ Film Producer) ANA Kan…

Okoye, Okpara, Ogwiji win NSPP 2019

Poets in Nigeria (PIN) has announced Ogugua Micah Okoye, Okpara Ugochukwu Damian and Ehi-Kowochio Ogwiji as winners of the fourth edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) at an awards ceremony which held on Saturday 6th July at Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom, Moderator of NSPP 2019 explained in a statement that closing the submissions on 18th March, 2019, the Prize received 504 poems from students representing 96 tertiary institutions including Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, Schools of Nursing and Seminary Schools.
Ogugua, a 300-level student of Applied Biochemistry, Enugu State University of Science and Technology clinched the first prize with his poem entitled “Micah” while Okpara, a 400-level student of Anatomy, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli came 2nd with his poem entitled “Suicide Warning Signs”. “An Artefact of a Groin War” authored by Ogwiji, a 500-level student o…

What Prof. Soyinka told me in Ijegba forest ~ Mujahyd Ameen Lilo, Winner of 2019 WSICE Essay contest

Conversation with Mujahyd Ameen Lilo: Winner, Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange Project Essay Competition 2019.
Hello Mujahyd, thank you so much for agreeing to chat with me. Can you tell me a little more about yourself. I’m Mujahyd Ameen Lilo. I was born in Kano in 2003. I am currently an SS2 student of Sunshine International College, Kano. I am an Art Student and I wish to study English and literary Studies at University level. I started writing in my Junior Secondary School years.
I remember first seeing you at the BUK Writers forum here in Kano, I at once assumed you were an undergraduate. How did you find your way there? I’m someone who loves to attend literary gatherings. So, the first thing I did after joining ANA Kano, was to ask one of the writers about other literary gatherings in Kano. That was how I got to know the BUK Creative Writers Forum.
How did you get to ANA? Before I joined ANA, I read their anthologies. I saw the Chairman’s number, Mallam Zahara…

Poet-Today ~ Umar Yogiza Jr. ~ The Arts-Muse Fair

white woes
my country is a one-book library, my life and survival, a book without anauthor chapter of peace & good life already written. only writers armed with the ink of bigotry: tribalism or religion succeed as writers. i am fighting to be good in a chapter of horror.
my country is a beautiful destination. the journey depends on your connection. and, i am a dirt of past encyclopaedias, a syntax penned by marginalized bruises, yearning to be beautiful in a pit of horror, in a country ruled by the wit of saboteurs.
at the doors of who you know, get what! the hinges and keyholes are suspended, scenes are closed to be opened by corruption. religion and tribalism, the only landscape became the food that rots the tongues, and the wound that closes the mouth.
my country is easy. it depends on who you are. life is a grail, coded designs, coined by filaments upon filaments of interpretation. they are the thorns that readjusted my destiny a sore spell, a fruit of rootless trees whose images are the shadow of my…

Call for entries ~ African Photography Prize 2019

Deadline: 21 July, 2019
PHmuseum and African Artists' Foundation seek to recognise, honour, and nurture the next generation of visionary image-makers and storytellers in Africa with the AAF x PHmuseam African Photography Prize.
​To apply, simply sign up at PHmuseum, upload your project, and add the hashtag #AAFprize. The deadline is set for 21 July.

Towards a United Humanity: A Literary Retrospection (Part I) ~ Paul Liam

I have always been a proud African, one who has been chiefly influenced by the unpleasant history of colonial exploration and exploitation of the continent by the West. My pride stemmed from the awareness that my existence was connected to a reality I held responsible for my subjected humanity. Yes, living with the knowing that my race was considered inferior and my skin colour equated with negative and demeaning metaphors, fostered in me the feelings of disdain towards Europe and the West in general. Thus, I found solace in my dislike of the West. Being a proud African afforded me the opportunity to picture myself within an utopia wherein, I could will myself to view my reality outside colonial conscriptions. I could live in my moments of illusion, albeit temporarily believing that my life has no interconnectedness with the West. I tried to convince myself that my humanity wasn't part of the race so inhumanly debased by foreignnarratives, I convinced myself into believing that my…