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Call for Entries: Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) 2020

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Deadline: 31st March, 2020
INTRODUCTION Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) is an initiative of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) aimed at stimulating literary creativity and encouraging critical thinking among Nigerian undergraduates. Since its inception in 2016 at the University of Ibadan, the prize has received about 2500 entries from students representing over 100 tertiary institutions (including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, schools of nursing and seminary schools). Reputed as the foremost poetry prize for Nigerian students, the NSPP has awarded over a million Naira (1,000,000) to winning entrants and published 400 poems authored by selected student-poets in four anthologies: The Sun Will Rise Again (2016), Mixed History (2017), Deep Dreams (2018) and Micah (2019). Notably, tertiary institutions such as University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu and Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa hosted the NSPP Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respec…

Travelogue ~ Pilgrimage to Soyinka's Forest ~ Mujahid Ameen Lilo

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Ijegba Forest
We are on our way into the forest Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka calls home. And we are 85 finalists for the WSICE essay competition (85 is Prof’s age this year), a few teachers, the WSICE organizers and reporters. We are all here for the competition and series of programs called Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE), held annually to mark the Laureate’s birthday. This is year, it is holding in three states: Lagos, Ogun and Ondo. We are leaving for Ondo today after the meeting with Soyinka. The result of the essay we wrote yesterday at the Cultural Centre would be announced in the presence of Prof. We are all aglow in brand new orange T-shirts. The Ogun sun has just risen but the July clouds makes her look sleepy as they wander in the sky, reaching for each other. We drive deeper and deeper into the labyrinthine Abeokuta rocks and green hills, and bushes until finally:
TRESPASSING VEHICLES WILL BE SHOT AND EATEN TRESPASSING COWS WILL BE HANGED
Those wa…

Ayamba Litcast, new Literature Platform debuts to serve African writers

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The team at Ayamba is excited to announce the official unveiling of her website, www.ayambalitcast.com, on the 31st of December 2019.
Spurred by the dire need to cater for the influx of emerging voices, and to celebrate their brilliant works, the platform provides for the promotion of African literature and the introduction of African writers to the world. 
In the words of the founder and editor, Halima Aliyu, “Art is our identity. It is for us the banquet for our stories where we listen, drink and dance in their aura. Because they matter. Because we matter." By creating and managing their profiles, writers can be accessed and read from anywhere in the world. The site has online literary agents on standby to answer questions and proffer advices on writing and publishing. It is also the home for podcasts, book reviews, interviews, and literary news.
To be a part of this adventure, visit www.ayambalitcast.com and follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ayambaofficial

Festival Poetry Calabar 2019 opens today, to probe the relationship between Bytes and Heights in the Digital Age.

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Poets in Nigeria (PIN) todays opens activities of the fifth edition of Festival Poetry Calabar (FPC) themed “Poets in the Digital Age: Bytes and Heights”. The annual fiesta of poetry, culture and tourism holds in the city of Calabar from 18th to 20th December, 2019.
The 3-day event will host poets, writers, artists, literary critics, social commentators and lovers of literature from different parts of the country, thereby elevating arts and literature above ethnic and geographical barriers.
For the fifth year running, all activities of the festival including poetry reading, writing and performances, Calabar Welcomes, Sights & Sounds of Calabar, Teens Forum, storytelling, music, dance, poetry workshop, book chats, panel discussions and Live Photo Booth will take place at James Ene Henshaw Foundation and Transcorp Hotel, Calabar.
Sights and Sounds (Poetourism) and a Walk for Poetry are slated for Day 1 – Wednesday 18th December. On the second day, Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom will manage …

What Success Is Not: A Review of Sail Your Boat By Salamatu Sule

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Book Title: Sail Your Boat: Success is a Lifestyle and a Journey Name of Author: Musbahu El Yakubu Genre: Nonfiction (Inspirational) Publishers: Amazon No. of Pages:177 (to include about the Author) Year of Publication: 2018 ISBN:978-978-964-788-0 Reviewer: Salamatu Sule
Reading inspirational books are a rare creative endeavor for me due to the simple fact that it gives short cuts to making money and not realistically for the sake of its entertainment and educational purpose. They also do not fall into the category of what we know as bibliotheraphies. When I first laid my hands on this very insightful and thought provoking book, I was skeptical, judging by the title, whether if the book will deliver on its thematic concern. I was not disappointed even though; curiosity bade me to go on this exciting journey.
Success is a subjective term as it has a different meaning to different people. Success as depicted by the sub tittle of the book is a lifestyle and a journey. As a lifestyle, it refers to…

AWDT: Helping Africa's young writers out of obscurity

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November 2019 would forever remain indelible in the minds of six young African writers.

The six writers are Modou Lamin Sowe from The Gambia; Sakina TraorĂ©, from Cote D' Ivoire; Tega Oghenechovwen, from Nigeria; Ngang God'swill N, from Cameroon; Maryam Boyi, from Nigeria and Edem Azah, from Ghana.
They would never forget November 2019 because of their convergence in Abuja, the Nigeria’s Capital city, for a residency program organised by the African Writers Development Trust, AWDT. The residency started on the 1st of November and ended on the 21st. 

According to their accounts, the residency program tagged: ‘PenPen Africa Writers Residency’, was an opportunity for them not only to learn how to improve their art, but also an opportunity for learning new cultures, new environment and, above all, an opportunity to make more friends and writer colleagues.
Speaking on her experience during residency, Ms Edem Azah said she learnt a lot about other residents’ cultures and how to live toge…