Niyi Osundare Poetry Festival 2022 is held on June 6

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The 2022 Niyi Osundare International Poetry Festival (NOIPOFEST) will be held on June 6 at Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye Hall, Fountain Hotel, Iyin Road, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Gombe State University, Gombe, Professor Sale Abdu Kwami, will deliver the keynote address titled “Pandemic, Lockdown and the Poet” at the festival which coincides with the 75th anniversary by Professor Osundare.

The Head of Department of English at the University of Ibadan, Prof. Toyin Jegede will chair the event while the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi will be the guest of honour.

A notice signed by festival director Tunde Laniyan revealed that proceedings for the event featuring poetry, music, drama, dance and drumming would begin at 9 a.m.

NOIPOFEST was started in 2015 in honor of Osundare, a multi-award winning poet, scholar and world-class public intellectual who previously taught in the Department of English at the University of Ibadan.

Born in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State in 1947, Professor Osundare was educated at the University of Ibadan, University of Leeds and York University, Toronto, Canada .

Her poetry collections include ‘City Without People: The Katrina Poems’, ‘Random Blues’, ‘Days’, ‘The Word Is an Egg’, ‘Midlife’, ‘Waiting Laughter’s’, ‘Moonsongs’ and ‘The Eye of the Earth › among others.

Professor Osundare has won awards and prizes including Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize, Cadbury/ANA Prize, Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Noma Prize, Tchicaya U Tam’si Prize for African poetry and the Fonlon/Nichols prize. Award for “Excellence in Literary Creativity Associated with Significant Contributions to Human Rights in Africa”. He received the 2014 Nigerian National Merit Award.

He was a columnist for Newswatch and had poetry columns in the Sunday Tribune, the rested newspaper NEXT and The Nation. His latest works, ‘GREEN: Sighs of Our Ailing Planet’ and ‘Snapsongs: Home groans and Foreign flares’, were released earlier this year.

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