SIR ERIATA ORIBHABOR: The Merchant of Poetry

SIR ERIATA ORIBHABOR: The Merchant of Poetry


Sir Eriata Oribhabor is a prominent Nigerian poet, essayist, editor, social commentator, literary activist and Publisher at Something For Everybody Ventures (SFEV). A former Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Abuja Chapter, he is the President, Poets in Nigeria (PIN) Initiative.

A prolific writer, Oribhabor has authored several poetry collections including; Crossroads and The Rubicon, Beautiful Poisons, Eriata on Marble, Shifting Rides of Poetikness, Random Thoughts on Poetry, Walking Truths, That Beautiful Picture, and Colours and Borders. His forthcoming titles include Twenty Eighteen, Gud Old Naija, Under Construction, UnUnited Nations of Nigeria (White man, black hearts), You have the Stage, and Spoken Call respectively.
As a foremost promoter of Naija Pidgin, he authored a book written in Naija Languej entitled – Abuja Na Kpangba an Oda Puem-Dem and edited an anthology of poems in the language entitled: If Yu Hie Se A De Prizin. Also, he edited a collection of plays written in Naija languej but due for translation to Naija pidgin entitled; AMEBO YARD. His forthcoming work in the language is, One leg forward, two leg backward.
Other poetry collections edited by Oribhabor include;
(1) Who Shall I Make My Wife?
(2) Wushapa – Beating the Drums of Peace
(3) Join Me Write a Poem (online)
(4) Late Night Blues (Online)
Oribhabor co-edited the following anthology of poems with Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom, Executive Secretary, Poets in Nigeria)
(1) The Sun Will Rise Again
(2) Mixed History
(3) For You, Dear Home
(4) Deep Dreams
In concert with members of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) Initiative, he continues to provide inspiration and flawless organization to many literary and poetry programmes/events/publications within and outside Nigeria. These include:
(1) Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP)
(2) PIN Quarterly Poetry Journal
(3) PIN Annual Food Poetry Contest
(4) PIN Photo Poetry
(5) PIN 10-day Poetry Challenge
(6) PIN Steps & Stops
(7) Poetically Written Prose
(8) Tongues of Poetry
(9) Naija Poetry Performance
(10) PIN Photo Runway
(11) PIN Oral Solutions
(12) Collaborative Poetry Performance
(13) PIN Punchy Poetry
(14) Spoken Call
(15) Storytelling from yesterday
(16) From the Neighborhoods
(17) Glass Door
(18) Poe-tourism
(19) PIN Gallery of Poetry
(20) National Poets Residency
(22) The Arthub, Lagos
(23) Festival Poetry Calabar

Umar Yogiza Jr. poet and Builder based in Abuja, Nigeria, is the winner of the 2017 Atlanta George Black Street Poetry Prize. He is the author of Instrument of Immortality, The Way Out of My Heart, and Singing in a Bonfire. He is the Founder of Free Poetic Universe, an online community of poets. 

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  1. Heartwarming and encouraging.

    Thanks for bringing this to the fore.

  2. Well done sir Eriata. Most inspiring and worthy of emulation. Masaihead


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