poet laureate

POET LAUREATE INTERVIEW WITH DAMILOLA OJIKUTU

The poet laureate is easily one of our biggest events as a community. Just as the Nobel Prize is bestowed on an individual who has done exceptionally well in a particular field, with the poet laureate, we seek to honour and crown an outstanding creative every year.

We make sure that our themes border on heavy African narratives. For last year, we had “sankofa yenkyi”, a Ghanaian word from the Akan tribe that means “it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.”

Poet Laureate Interviews 2020: Meet Salim Yunusa

Tell us more about you? Salim Yunusa is a content creator, a bilingual writer and translator. He’s the founder of the literary organization, Poetic Wednesdays Initiative and a Co-Founder of a national NGO, Project Grassroots Nigeria (PGN). He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He’s pursuing …

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Poet Laureate Interviews 2020: Meet Uche Balogun

Tell us more about you? I’m currently a student of the Nigerian Law School; I’m a book reviewer and a creative writer. I am also a volunteer. Not so fun fact: I’m shortsighted and can be very cynical. How long have you been writing for? I’ve been writing since primary school. I found some things …

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Poet Laureate Interviews 2020: Meet Esther Mbabie

• Tell us more about you? I am a final year student at the University of Ibadan. I am also a radio presenter for both English and Pidgin programs, a content creator, a creative writer, a Spoken word artist, and a passionate volunteer. I am passionate about God and people, especially children. I am the …

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Poet Laureate Interviews 2020: Meet Ogunkeye Tobi

• Tell us more about you? I’m a simple, quiet, and collected person; my hands and brain speak more than my mouth does. • How long have you been writing for? About 8 or 9 years now. I started with prose, now I’m basically into poetry. I am looking forward to simulating the three forms …

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Poet Laureate Interviews 2020: Meet Azeeza Adeowu

• Tell us more about you?  I am a graduate of Biochemistry and I think I’m as passionate about science as I am about literature. • For how long have you been writing? I’ve been writing since my primary school days, lol. There’s a composition I wrote then that my father still makes reference to. …

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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 …

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