ABOUT US

WELCOME TO WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM LTD. (RC 1234112)

We are a leading Nigerian literary arts development, publishing, and educational institution. Our string of youth-targeted initiatives, implemented with a strong social-service culture, and active engagement with the Nigerian literary audience, have seen us grow into an organisation that is rapidly changing the Nigerian literature landscape. We are committed to maintaining this culture.

WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM was founded in August 2012 by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson. It started as a Facebook-based community of writers "learning together and helping each other grow" with online classes, peer review sessions, and publications. Over the years, we have gone on to establish an imprint providing assisted-authorship publishing services at competitive rates, Authorpedia Publishers, and a literary arts journal that pays a token for accepted works, CỌ́N-SCÌÒ Magazine. The foundational culture of "helping each other grow" has remained our core strength and motivation, as we actively promote Nigerian literature and provide a support base for young Nigerian writers.

As a publishing company, we offer both traditional and self-publishing services, with a preference for emerging, previously unpublished writers. This bias towards young, previously unpublished writers, which is evident in all our operations, is one that we are proud of. We are, however, more than a publishing company. We also discover, develop, and promote young literary talents through several initiatives, including prestigious writing competitions, financial support for indigent writers, workshops, a literary festival, and other partnerships.

OUR CORE INITIATIVES

FEAST OF WORDS (FOW)

FOW is a unique, annual, one-day, non-ticketed literary festival that exists as a platform for mostly young creatives from all over Nigeria (and Africa) to interact and showcase their art.(Read More)

ERIATA ORIBHABOR POETRY PRIZE (EOPP)

EOPP is an annual poetry prize that encourages the use of poetry as a tool for social change. It was instituted in 2012 in collaboration with the foremost Nigerian arts administrator, Eriata Oribhabor. (Read More).

GREEN AUTHOR PRIZE (GAP)

GAP is an annual book publishing award for young, unpublished Nigerian writers. It was instituted in 2015. (Read More)

BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY PRIZE (BPPC)

  • BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY PRIZE (BPPC): BPPC, instituted in honour of Brigitte Poirson, a French poet, lecturer, and editor who has over the years worked assiduously to promote and support African poetry, rewards the under-appreciated talent of young Nigerian poets. It was instituted in 2015. (Read More)

ALBERT JUNGERS POETRY PRIZE (AJPP)

  • ALBERT JUNGERS POETRY PRIZE (AJPP): AJPP is an annual poetry prize instituted in 2014 to honour the late American priest, poet, and teacher, Fr. Albert Jungers (1948 – 2013). This prize comes from the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest. (Read More)

NIGERIAN TEACHERS AWARD (NTA)

  • NIGERIAN TEACHERS AWARD (NTA): WRR-NTA recognizes and rewards Nigerian teachers for their contributions to the development of education and the literary industry. It was instituted in 2017. (Read More)

WRR Chapbook Series

  • WRR Chapbook Series (WRR CBS): WRR-CBS provides affordable and free digital publishing services to Nigerian writers with a focus on young, unpublished talents. (Read More)

WRR is run by a small team of staff—supported by freelancers, volunteers, and partners in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and France—who are committed to improving the fortunes of Nigerian creative arts. We will continue to institute and execute initiatives that will actualize our vision of a vibrant Nigerian literary ecosystem recognised in the global picture.

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