PRESS RELEASE – Ibadan, November 21, 2016

Irawo Poetry Anthology:

48 poems celebrating 48 years of Irawo University Centre, Ibadan

We are glad to announce that 48 poems have been accepted for publication in the 2017 Irawo Poetry Anthology.

 

Irawo University Centre is a private hall of residence for male students, principally of the University of Ibadan. This Centre is one of the numerous educational and social welfare projects promoted by the Educational Co-operation Society, a non-profit oriented body. Irawo was established in 1969, admitted her first residents in 1972 and moved to its definitive site in 1990. That same year, the University of Ibadan recognized Irawo University Centre as “a private hall of residence associated with the university” – the first to be thus acknowledged in the Nigeria University System. The key aim of Irawo is to contribute to the academic, professional, human, cultural and spiritual formation of the student. To do this, emphasis is placed on creating in Irawo an atmosphere conducive to serious academic work.

It will be recalled that earlier this year we made a call for submissions for the Irawo Poetry Anthology as part of activities to commemorate the 48th Anniversary of Irawo University Centre. The proceeds from the sale of the anthology will be ploughed into the Irawo Development Fund. The themes for the call for submissions were poems reflecting the following: justice, unity, strength, perseverance, progress, love and diversity. The call for entry closed at 12 midnight of August 31, 2016.

We received a total of 107 submissions from 54 Nigerian poets. The poems went through a blind review process by three renowned Nigerian writers. The three distinguished judges are: Tádé Ìpàdéọlá (lawyer, author of Sahara Testaments which won the 2013 NLNG Prize for Poetry and winner of the 2009 Delphic Laurel in Poetry), Mark Nwagwu (Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology and author of the poetry trilogy – Helen not of Troy, Cat Man Dew and HelenaVenus) and Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún (Fulbright scholar, writer, linguist, Editor of The Sail Literary Anthology and irawo-poetry-anthology-posterFounder of YorubaName.com).

The 48 considered suitable by the judges for the Irawo Poetry Anthology are listed below.

S/No Title Poet
1 Crux Lawrence Aniawana
2 Timi Uchenna J. Obi-Ibeh
3 The Voice Ogunlaye Olatunde
4 A Letter to the Future Chidiebere G. Udeokechukwu
5 The Key Stanley Aduaka
6 Broken Boluwatife Afolabi
7 A Song of Colours Boluwatife Afolabi
8 Can Two Be One? Oluwatoyosi Agbaaikin
9 Is Love? Oluwatoyosi Agbaaikin
10 Ifunaya…. Ololade Akinlabi
11 The Scales, the Blindfold and the Sword Obinna Amaji
12 Bed of Stone Amamchukwu Chinonoso
13 Ife Mi Amamchukwu Chinonoso
14 Friendly Foes Amamchukwu Chinonoso
15 Awaken Sandra Arukwe
16 Tomorrow Sandra Arukwe
17 Herald Bukoye Emmanuel
18 One Bukoye Emmanuel
19 Vigor and Vapor Kelvin Enumah
20 Quake; the Future at Stake Kelvin Enumah
21 A Fu Gi Anaya Norbert Gora
22 The Broken Last Straw Ikeobi Samuel Chukwubuokem
23 Sapele Water Emuobome Jemikalajah
24 Ikenike Emuobome Jemikalajah
25 Lost Ones Fumbi Ajumobi
26 Dear Dunni Mofoluwawo O Mojolaoluwa
27 The Sun Will Smile Chuks Obi
28 Behind Bars Chuks Obi
29 The Sun Shall Soon Shine Ojo Oreluwa
30 Let’s Stay Together… Segun Onaade
31 Abiku Teleola Onifade
32 Kafanchan Ayomide Owoyemi
33 Kiniun Onibudo Ayomide Owoyemi
34 Palm Tree Oluwatobi Moses Sotanmide
35 One Day Oluwatobi Moses Sotanmide
36 Innocent Till Proven Guilty Chidi Joe Umechukwu
37 Virtual Reality Olufemi Abidogun
38 My Memorabilia Tumilara Adesina
39 Story of our Toppled Storey Tumilara Adesina
40 Moving Clouds Ebisike Chinedum
41 Unity Mofoluwawo Favour Ona-Ara
42 Dawn Taiwo Olawehinmi
43 The Housewife Luke Ogar
44 The Ghost Town Luke Ogar
45 Island of Ice Emmanuel Nwobi
46 Rumble in the Jungle Emmanuel Nwobi
47 The Repose of an Anthill Emmanuel Nwobi
48 Back to our Roots Mahuemolen Odibo

Nwachukwu Egbunike and Emmanuel Nwobi

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