Call for Submissions!

TVO TRIBE presents an open call for articles, poems, personal accounts, photos, etc on the community’s theme for March:


This is to give African creatives the opportunity to express themselves about the recent turn of events in the African political space. All contributors are therefore required to submit works that relate to this theme.

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Announcing Poet Laureate 2020 – The Shortlist!

Poet Laureate (since 2018) is a literary competition that seeks to compensate and endorse creativity within Africa and by Africans. With help from a roundtable number of sponsors and partners, Poet Laureate 2020 has been able to reach and receive entries from African writers within and across Africa.

This year we had a very strong margin and it was exceptionally hard reading through and revising the bulk of creative entries. Your works created infinite memories in our minds and we have seen Africa in an overwhelming light.

In a bid to compensate our entrants in every possible way, we would release the first Poet Laureate Anthology containing all your heart sourced entries to share with readers across Africa. This anthology would be available on various literary platforms and can be downloaded on our website.

This shortlist in no way defines the credibility of your art and should be seen as a drive to fasten your loins.

Shortlisted Entrants and Entry Titles.

What a Dream! – God’s-Treasure Ayodele

Mama – Esther Mbabie


Mide Is a Good Girl – Azeeza Adeowu

THE BODY – Uche Balogun

FEAR – Bamidele Olakunle

Musings of Mama Africa – Salim Yunusa

– Mirage of Ages – Ogunkeye Tobi

All shortlisted entrants should be available for an interview with Editors from the Poet Laureate Team and further details might be required as they proceed with this competition.

Voting would be announced shortly.

Goodluck, Tribesmen!


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Poet Laureate Q & A: Get Your Answers Now!

What is Poet Laureate?

Poet Laureate is an honorary position conferred by Tribesmen as an institution. After a season of featuring some amazing creatives on our community, this is a season for us to vote for the most outspoken creative. Poet Laureate is translated “The People’s Poet”, to bring creatives together, tribesmen by tribesmen.

Who can participate in Poet Laureate?

Every tribesman can participate in this competition. Every creative is allowed to showcase their art and compete.

What are the categories in Poet Laureate?

There are five categories for submissions:

Prose fiction (1000 words max)

Poetry (1 poem)

Short Story (Non-Fiction) (1000 words max)

Spoken word artistry. (1 minute video)

Art & Photography ( 3-5 pieces)

Note: Art & Photography Submissions are welcome but can’t participate in the competition. We will share it on our visual platforms for appraisal. (Submit to

Also Note: Spoken word submissions can be posted on the creative’s Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account, please ensure you tag us and we acknowledge receipt.

What are the criteria to submit entries for Poet Laureate?

Make sure you meet the following criteria to be eligible.

– You are a tribesman (to join visit

– You have your entry previously unpublished.

– Your entry fits the theme for this year’s Poet Laureate (SANKOFA).

– You follow the community on all social media platforms (so you don’t miss out on important information.

Can I submit more than one entry?

Only one entry in one submission category is allowed.

Is Poet Laureate open to only Nigerians?

Poet Laureate is open to Africans within Africa, Africans in the diaspora, and those who identify as Africans.

Is there any age limit to participate in poet laureate?

There’s no registered age limit for Poet Laureate. We appreciate creativity from any age group.

There you go! Get to work now! We can not wait to receive your entries, so get to creating!


African Actors: Changing the narrative

by Peace Osemwengie

Pearl Thusi

Born Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi on the 13th of May 1988, Thusi has done her native country of South Africa proud. Thusi is best known for her portrayal of Patricia Kopong in the BBC/HBO comedy-drama series, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Dayana Mampari in Quantico, and Samkelo in the romantic drama, Catching Feelings. She also played the role of Tala in The Scorpion King: Book of Souls. Thusi is currently playing a lead role in the Netflix crime drama series, Queen Sono. She is one of South Africa’s most influential actresses.

Lupita Nyong’o

Is undoubtedly one of the best actors to come out of Africa. The Kenyan-Mexican actress has starred in blockbusters such as Black Panther, Us, 12 Years a Slave, and Queen of Katwe. She is also an award-winning stage actress. Nyong’o is the first African, and first Kenyan-Mexican to win an Academy Award. She won it for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. Lupita has also written a children’s book, Sulwe, which became a New York Times bestseller. She was named among Africa’s “50 most powerful women” by Forbes in 2020.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Has enjoyed and is enjoying a long and illustrious career. He has received numerous awards and nominations for acting, including the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, two Golden Globe Awards nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Best Actor Award for his performance in Othello in 2008. Ejiofor was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth 11 for services to the arts and was elevated to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2015. Some of his best-known movies include 12 Years a Slave, Half of a Yellow Sun, Doctor Strange, and The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.

Djimon Hounsou

If you have watched Blood Diamond, Gladiators, The Legend of Tarzan, Furious 7, and Captain Marvel, you’d be familiar with Djimon Hounsou. The Beninese-American actor and model began his career by appearing in music videos. Hounsou came into the limelight for his role as Cinque` in the movie Amistad, in 1997. He began modeling in Paris in 1987 after he was encouraged by Thierry Mugler, and the rest, as they say, is history. He has received a Golden Globe Award nomination and three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie, In America. That nomination made him the fourth African male to be nominated for an Oscar.

These actors are proof that anything can be done by Africans. They have shown that hardwork and dedication to the craft will trump adversity everytime, and for this, we celebrate them in our Black History feature.


Recalling Our Forgotten Stories: Africa’s Oral Tradition

by Damola Oluwemimo


 Oral tradition, or oral lore, is a form of human communication wherein knowledge, art, ideas, and cultural material is received, preserved, and transmitted orally from one generation to another. This is done mainly through speeches or songs that include folktales, ballads, chants/praises, prose, and even verses. This made it possible for a society to transfer oral history, literature even law, and all other forms of knowledge from one generation to another without using a writing system. Some religions use oral traditions in parallel to the writing systems to transfer canonical of scriptures, rituals, and hymns from one generation to another.

All oral traditions are information, memories, and even knowledge held over time by a group of people and passed from one generation to another. This is not the same as testimony or oral history. Oral traditions in general are just the remembering and transferring of our cultural knowledge through words, utterances, or even sounds. Oral traditions as a study also differ from the academic discipline of oral history in that it is simply different from what is been studied in schools as oral history.

Africa on its own possesses some written and even unwritten traditions. But the written ones are the only well-known ones while the unwritten ones remain unknown. Also, the unwritten traditions do not always fit into known categories of literate cultures. Maybe because some are hard to record and even present and are easier to overlook than written ones.

Serious literary works, for example, fantasy characters are most often derived from oral traditions. Few examples include; the fool in Sheik Hamidou Kane’s Ambiguous Adventure (1961), Nedjma in Kateb Yacine’s Nedjma (1956), Michael K in J.M Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K (1983) to mention but a few. All these ambiguous charismatic shapers have connections to the essence of history they are trying to portray and they move in a relationship with real-life characters. Relationships make the heroes become part of history.

Oral literature is also dependent on a performer who describes a specific occasion or a time in history using words or even songs, otherwise it won’t be revealed as a work of literature. But in the case of written literature, a literary work usually exists independently In a single copy so there is always a distant difference between the actual creation and its recreation and transmission.

In literature, the connection between the existence and connection are extremely important and very intimate. Let us note that without oral rededication and rendition by a performer unwritten literary pieces cannot continue or even exist at all. This means all unwritten oral traditions would cease to exist if it is not continued to be performed.

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The significance of the performance oral literature of traditions goes beyond its definition because the nature of the performer can so much influence and contribute to the impact of the literature being performed. Also, the delivery of the oral literature depends on how the unwritten form of literature is enjoyed and even remembered over time. Also, the speaker/ performer’s gestures, expressions, and mimicry matters because they help in manipulating the audience’s sense of humor to be either amazed, shocked, moved, or even enthralled at the appropriate moment especially when played or performed by a skilled performer.

Some examples of oral traditions in Nigeria and in Africa at large include, various masquerade festivals, bride dirges ( known as ekun iyawo in Yoruba land), moonlight stories, plays and games that involve songs, traditional poetry (known as ewi in Nigeria), traditional praises and so on.

Basically, oral traditions/ literature has always been part of the mainstream literature but has been forgotten because of civilization. To improve the quality and quantity of African oral literature in modern literature, African oral literature should be taught to students as early as primary school, so as to build their interest and love for African literature. Also, awareness should be made on African oral literature. We can also encourage students to act or perform this traditional literature so that they feel the vibes. For writers, Africa’s oral literature can also be incorporated into their works so they will not be forgotten. It will also help to tell our forgotten African stories, our tradition.

black history month

October: Black History Month

TVO TRIBE presents an open call for articles, poems, personal accounts, photos, etc on the community’s theme for October;
Black History – Present, Past, and Future.

This is to celebrate our Black Heritage and highlight our evolution. All contributors are therefore required to submit works that relate to this theme.

Submit to:
Deadline: 25th October 2020.
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