“AT THE FOREFRONT OF MY INTENTIONS AS A WRITER IS A NEED TO ENTERTAIN”: A CỌ́N-SCÌÒ MAGAZINE INTERVIEW WITH OTHUKE OMINIABOHS

At the forefront of my intentions is a need to entertain. Of course to whom much is given, much is expected in return. This means I do not write in a vacuum, or rather I do not ‘entertain’ in a vacuum. There is so much to be said, so many questions to be asked, ills to be addressed . . . so much that even a thousand books will still not be enough to cover it all. So I write, first to entertain, and in the same vein, to question/address whatever pressing concerns there may be.

BPPC 2021: BAYOWA AYOMIDE MICHAEL EMERGES JUNE / JULY WINNER

NOT ALL FATHERS LEAVE, adopts a near-vernacular diction and language to deliver the poet’s perspective which is both a humorous and valid analysis of a critical social issue. Hussani’s MELANIN GIRL features perfectly woven hyperbolic metaphors and images that are warm on the mind. The genius of history and culture in humorous verse is what ‘Akinlua’s DEITIES DONT SMILE delivers in twenty-seven deliciously original lines.