Name of Author: GOODNESS OLANREWAJU AYOOLA
Book(s): MEDITATIONS, WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM, 2016
- Second place in the World Poetry Prize for Peace
- First place, Peregrine Reads ‘Patriot for Change Creativity Contest’
- Second place, Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (May 2015)
- Third place, 6th Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast, 2016
Goodness Olanrewaju Ayoola hails from Osun State, Nigeria. His poetry has appeared in numerous poetry journals, such as Kalahari Review, Peregrine Reads, Elsiesy, Mad Swirl, Calvacade of Stars, Duane Poetree, Literary Vox, Novelafrique, Ijagun Poetry Journal, Words Rhythms and Rhymes, Leaves of Ink, Praxis Magazine, Youronephonecall, Indian Periodicals, Deepwater Literary Journal, Literary Planet, Tuck Magazine, Stagafrik, Lunaris Review, The Voices Project, The Poet Community, Social Justice Poetry, Chrysolite Writers and Parousia Magazine. Some of his poems have also featured in anthologies, such as “Peace is Possible’’ (A World Peace Collection for Global Charity), ‘‘Portor Portor, 12 New African Poets’’ (A Liberian Initiative, published by KWEE), Muse for World Peace, “Wind of Change” (An anthology of Poems of Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest, 2015) and Harbinger Asylum (A quarterly journal for literature and the arts-Fall 2015).
Ayoola was one of the Wole Soyinka’s at 81 shortlisted Poets, 2015 organized by the Poetry Court and few of his poems have garnered awards from the World Union of Poets, where he took the second place in the World Poetry Prize for Peace with his poem ‘for peace’, Peregrine Reads, where his poem ‘the sound of a needle-drop’ took the first place in the Patriot for Change Creativity Contest, 2015, Word Rhythms and Rhymes, where his poem ‘The Green Hope’ took the second place in the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (May Edition,2015), Arojah Concepts, where he took the third place with his poem ‘my sleeps do lie’ in the 6th Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast, 2016, and a top ten entrant in the editions of the Poets in Nigeria 10 days Poetry Challenge, 2016.
Some of his poems have been translated into Assamese Language by Poet Abani Buraguani from India and he is currently an International Director of World Union of Poets and Official for the World Union of Poets Presidency for Africa (Tribuno) conferred on by Knight Silvanno Bortolazzi (President of the World Union of Poets). He is a teacher of English. He has a Nigerian Certificate in Education in English and Yoruba Languages from the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta and a B.A (ed) in English from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin.
Facebook: Ayoola Goodness Olanrewaju
Blog: WORLD OF POETRY
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