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World Poetry Day Event in Nigeria - Celebrating Niyi Osundare at 70

A special interactive event on World Poetry Day (Tuesday, March 21, 2017) is dedicated to Niyi Osundare’s ideas and poetry under the title “Poetry, Politics and Society.”

As part of World Poetry Day activities, Lyrikline-Berlin, the House of Poetry will publish a set of Niyi Osundare’s poetry online, with audio version and also in German translations.

In the poet’s home country, participants at the WPD Event will include Nelson Fashina (author of Gods at the Harvest, 1998), Ademola Dasylva (ANA Poetry Prize winner, 2006), Tade Ipadeola (NLNG Poetry Prize winner, 2013), Jumoke Verissimo (Creative Coordinator of Ibadan Poetry Foundation, and author of I am Memory, 2008 and The Birth of Illusion, 2015) and Matthew Umukoro (author of Dross of Gold, 2002). 

Also scheduled to perform at the event is a list of emerging and engaging Nigerian poets including Funmi Aluko, Ibukun Adeeko (Winner of the Babishai African Poetry Prize, 2015), Charles Akinsete, Ndubuisi Martins Aniemeka, Bartholomew Akpah, Sola Ojikutu, Oladele Noah, Oredola Ibrahim, Theo Edokpayi, Danladi Sunday, O’Busayor, Saddiq Dzukogi (ANA Teen Author Prize winner & Brunel International African Poetry Prize, 2017 Shortlist) and Rasaq Malik (Brunel International African Poetry Prize, 2017 Shortlist).

The venue of the programme is the Faculty of Arts Quadrangle, University of Ibadan, Ibadan

Time: 18.00 – 20.00.

This is an Open Event.

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Published on:: 
March 19, 2017