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Adebayo-Lamikanra

Adebayo Lamikanra

Often regarded as “LamiKay” in his official circles, the eminent Obafemi Awolowo University’s professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology has not only extended his tentacles of influence to history, culture and philosophy, he has also proven to be a force to reckon with in the Nigerian literary scene. Lamikanra, who hosts the annual Poetry Night House Party in his Ilesha residence, is the author of A Round Half-Dozen.

 

AdeotiGbemisola Adeoti

He’s a Nigerian poet, actor, author, and professor of African Literature at Obafemi Awolowo University. Revered in the academic stage for his passion for literary activities and cultural advancement, GRA, as he’s fondly called, is the author of the poetry collection, Naked Soles.

 

egbokhareOlayinka Egbokhare

She is a Nigerian writer and teacher. She lectures in the Department of Communication and Language Arts of the University of Ibadan, her Alma Mata. She currently has a fast-growing relationship with front liners in the Nigerian movie industry, for her novel, Dazzling Mirage.

 

Ayo_SogunroAyo Sogunro

He’s a Nigerian human rights activist, writer and social critic. Trained as a lawyer at the University of Lagos, Ayo is notable for his satire, philosophical essays and compelling short stories. Apart from Cracks in the Ivory Tower which he wrote when he was 19 and Death in the Dawn which was inspired by a Wole Soyinka poem, his first full-length work, The Wonderful Life of Senator Boniface and other Sorry Tales hit the Nigerian literary scene in 2013, and was followed by his essay compilation, Everything in Nigeria is Going To Kill You.

 

tade_mTade Ipadeola

He’s an award-winning poet and lawyer trained at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Tade’s works include A Time of Signs, A Rain Fardel and unpublished translations of two classical Yoruba novels written by Daniel Fagunwa. He’s the President of PEN Nigeria Centre and author of the NLNG-Prize-winning sequence of one-thousand quatrains on the nuance of the Sahara, The Sahara Testament.

 

 

Ropo1Ropo Ewenla

He’s a writer, actor, filmmaker, journalist and human rights activist based in the premier University of Ibadan, where he coordinates the University’s Media Center. Ropo, who studied Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University, also served as the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the mid-1990s. Driven by his relentless passion for literary activities, Ropo Ewenla has featured in some Nigerian movies, including Mainframe Productions’ Yeepa! 

 

Niran OkewoleNiran Okewole

He studied Medicine at the University of Ibadan and thereafter trained as a psychiatrist. He won the MUSON Festival poetry prize in 2002 and 2003, and the Sawubona MusicJam/Berlin International Literary Festival poetry prize in 2008. His collection of poems, Logarhythms, was published in 2005.  In January 2016, Khalaam Editions published Niran’s second volume of poems, The Hate Artist.

 

 

Prof. Remi RajiRemi Raji

Apart from being the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, ‘Remi Raji is also prominent as being the eleventh President of the Association of Nigerian Authors – a position he held from 2011 till November 2015. A great Poet, youth lover and public speaker, ‘Remi Raji  is author of many collections including; A Harvest of Laughters, Webs of Remembrance, Lovesong for My Wasteland, and  Sea of My Mind.

 

kisKukogho I. Samson

He is a Nigerian poet, blogger and multimedia journalist. The Ahmadu Bello University’s Mass Communication product is a contributor to several print and online platforms and founded Words, Rhymes and Rhythms to promote poetry among young and aspiring authors. He’s the author of I Said These Words and the Orange Crush 1st Prize Winner, What Can Words Do?

 

Ife AdeniyiIfeoluwapo Adeniyi

She is a Nigerian author and broadcast journalist. She hosts the popular weekly women-oriented inspirational program, Leading Women, on Splash FM. Ifeoluwapo, before reaching her teen-age, published her first book, Twin Sisters. In August 2015, Ife revived her presence on the African literary scene with the Etisalat Literature Prize long-listed novel, On The Bank Of The River.

 

 

JumokeJumoke Verissimo

She is a Nigerian poet, editor, copywriter and freelance journalist. Described by The Punch as “one of those who will change the face of literature in Nigeria”, Jumoke has degrees from both Lagos State University and University of Ibadan. She is the author of the multiple award-winning poetry collection, I Am Memory. In November, 2015, Fullpoint published Jumoke’s second poetry collection, The Birth of Illusion.

 

kola tubosun

Kola Tunbosun

He is a writer, editor, blogger, translator, linguist, and teacher. Kola is the brain behind the TweetYoruba project (currently trying to get Twitter translated into Yoruba), and YorubaName.com, which is an effort to document Yoruba (and other African) names online. Among other poetry works, Kola is the author of Attempted Speech and other Fatherhood Poems.

 

Sharon James

Sharon and Uloma James

Sharon is regarded as the world’s second youngest author. At the age of six, Sharon published her first book. Uloma is a singer, dancer and published author. Both of them are daughters of the renowned author and social impact leader, Dr. Raphael James.

 

 

Efe-Paul-AzinoEfe Paul Azino

Considered one of Nigeria’s leading performance poets, Efe is the producer of Nigeria’s first spoken word poetry theater production, Finding Home. The Creative Director of the Lagos International Poetry Festival has performed on several platforms, including British Council Lagos, Ake Arts and Book Festival, and  The Future Awards. In 2015, Farafina published Efe’s first poetry collection, For Broken Men Who Cross Often.

 

Chude-JideonwoChude Jideonwo

Trained as a lawyer at the University of Lagos, Chude’s passion in Media and Journalist is evident in the indelible impact of Red Media Africa, which he co-founded with Adebola Williams. Named by Forbes as one of Africa’s best 30 entrepreneurs under 30, Chude’s love for your youths and books have gotten him featured as an author at Ake Festival, Port Harcourt Book Festival, the Lagos Book and Arts Festival, and the Copenhagen International Film Festival. He’s the author of “Are We The Turning Point Generation?

 

adelekeAdebayo Adeleke

He is a writer with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language from Obafemi Awolowo University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Delta State University. He was a front line member of life literary series in OAU 1987-89. He won Alex Laguma Memorial award for poetry in 1986. His published works include Web of Love and An Enlarged Coast. His works have appeared in several publications including Daily Times Literary Series and the Guardian newspaper. His short stories have appeared in various collections. His poem “I am not a palace poet” was anthologized in Voices From The Fringe edited by Harry Garuba. He is currently working on a collection of poems, Surrounded By Sorcerers.

 

Prof. Remi SonaiyaRemi Sonaiya

She was KOWA party’s candidate for the 2015 presidential election. She is very interested in public affairs and is passionate about issues of justice, equity, and African development. The Professor of French obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, Master’s Degree and PhD from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and Cornell University, respectively. She’s the author of “Daybreak Nigeria” and “Igniting Consciousness: Nigeria and Other Riddles”.

 

Akeem_LasisiAkeem Lasisi

He is known for his experimentations with oral Yoruba and English poetry. A graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, he won the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and Cadbury Poetry Prize for the year 2000 with Iremoje. A well-known performance poet and journalist, Lasisi is also the author of five poetry collections including: Wonderland, Udeme and Ekun Iyawo.

 

 

Servio gbadamosiServio Gbadamosi 

He is a Nigerian poet, lyricist, and performing poet based in Ibadan. The product of Olabisi Onabanjo University’s Mass Communication department has performed on several open mic events. Servio is a literary and cultural enthusiast who works with emerging writers across the country providing multiple development and promotional platforms. He is the author of the much-acclaimed work, A Tributary in Servitude.

 

Molara woodMolara Wood

She is an art critic, journalist, essayist and former art columnist for The Guardian (Lagos). Apart from winning the John La Rose Short Story Competition and received an award from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association for her fiction, Molara was also a member of the panel of judges for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. She has authored a collection of short stories, Indigo.

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