Poets from around the world will converge at Freedom Park, Broad Street, on October 28 for the first edition of the Lagos International Poetry Festival.
Speaking at a recent press conference in Lagos, the convener of the festival, Efe Paul Azino, said the event would feature school outreaches, three masterclasses, six panel discussions, four performance events and a special conversation session with Prof. J.P Clark at the J.P Clark Center, University of Lagos.
Mr, Azino said it was a great time to be in the arts and that poetry was gradually becoming mainstream.
“Our objective is to create a space that spurs, harnesses, and allows for the flourishing of the growing army of talent within the genre who are showing more than a passing commitment to poetry,” he said
This year’s festival features a wide range of poets, cutting across generations, from JP Clark to Lola Shoneyin, from Chuma Nkwolo, Jumoke Verissimo to Dami Ajayi.
Also expected are 2015 winner of the Brunel University Prize for African Poetry, Nick Makoha, Inua Ellams, two of South Africa’s most prolific voices, Lebo Mashile and Natalia Molebatsi, TJ Dema, Titilope Sonuga and a host of others.
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