The BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST (BPPC), a brainchild of Words Rhymes & Rhythm (WRR), is a monthly writing contest aimed at rewarding young poetry talents in Nigeria.
It was instituted in February 2015 and sponsored by WRR CEO Kukogho Iruesiri Samson in honor of Brigitte Poirson, a French poet and lecturer, editor, who has over the years worked assiduously to promote and support of African poetry.
Being one of the few credible contests with cash and book awards, the BPPC has since grown to be one of country’s most popular poetry contests, especially amongst the younger poets who have been unfairly neglected. The 2015 edition of the contest saw eight young Nigerian poets emerge monthly winners from February – September 2015. An overall winner, selected from all the months, was awarded the ALBERT JUNGERS POETRY PRIZE (AJPP) at the WRR Literary Festival 2015 (Fist/Feast of Words). The vision of the BPPC is to become the number one rewarding mechanism for young Nigerian writers. It is hoped that it will provide the required drive to make them take the art of poetry more seriously.
Brigitte Poirson’s secondary schooling was carried out at the Dole Ursulines in Franche-Comté. She then completed a course for the ENS, before graduating in languages from Dijon University and becoming a qualified high-school teacher for baccalauréat students in France.
She occasionally engaged in part-time lecturing activities with her local Chamber of Commerce.
She devoted a few years to lecturing at High Wycombe College of Technology and Art, then at Plymouth and Exeter Universities (for degree courses ranging from civil engineering to maritime studies, Law or Sociology…) in England. Back in France, she added becoming a prison visitor and a probation officer attached to the local court to her experience, both as a commitment and a way to sharpen her understanding of the social problems all educators face daily. In terms of her writing, Brigitte Poirson’s publications range from poetry to theatre and fiction, composed in French and English, and published in Paris (éd St Germain-des-Prés), New-York and Britain. She has also contributed to numerous anthologies and magazines, has won many awards and has been a member of the Société des Gens de Lettres de France. She currently devotes time to promoting African literature. She has founded and curated the Via Grapevine series published in South Africa with Phinithi Ntelekoa to encourage budding authors, and is a member of Words Rhymes & Rhythm, Nigeria’s only online poetry college created by K.I.Samson. Among others, she also works in Nigeria as an editor for Expound magazine and the WRR-Caprecon Green Author Prize. In France she regularly organises small literary workshops with young poets.
BPPC Hall of Fame:
2015 WINNERS – Madu Chisom Kingdavid (September) Olajuwon Joseph Olumide (August); Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau (July), Onisowurun Sampson (June), Showunmi Olawale Michael (May), who also won the AJPP 2015 , Ikenna C. Igwe (April), Chika Onwuasoanya Tobi (March), and Samson Oluwatoyin (February).
- The monthly finalists’ poems were published in an anthology entitled ‘WIND OF CHANGE’.
2016 WINNERS – Izuchukwu Saviour Otubelu (September), Adams Adeosun (August) Mbagu Valentine (July), Ogedengbe Tolulope Impact, (June), Otubelu Chinazom Chukwudi (May), Mesioye Johnson (April) Olajuwon Joseph Olumide (March), Kanyinsola Olorunnisola (February)
- The monthly finalists’ poems were published in an anthology entitled ‘LOOPS OF HOPE’.
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