Poetry as an agent of change is well recognized the world over. In recognition of this, the ‘Eriata Oribabhor Poetry Prize’ initiative has come to be.
In the 2012 maiden edition of this poetry prize, Nwakanma Chika emerged the first prize winner while Mr. Madu Chisom Kingdavid was winner of the 2013 edition.
This year, (2014 edition), the WRRPoetry is inviting all poets and lovers of literature to send well-worded poems covering the sub-themes of; promotion of unity, truth, justice, change and sustainable development.
The Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize which was instituted in November 2012 was set up to give the much needed attention to Nigerian poetry as well as encourage young Nigerian poets to use poetry as a tool for social change.
Sponsored by author, publisher and promoter of Naija Langwej, Mr. Eriata Oribhabor, in collaboration with international social reorientation poetry movement, Words Rhymes And Rhythm (WRRPoetry), it is expected to bring out the best in our youths.
*The main theme is: ‘SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT’ in our respective societies.
*One poem per entrant
*Entries must be original intellectual property of the entrants and cannot be altered or changed after submission.
*Kindly include a short bio (50 words maximum) and contact info (your full name, email address, phone number) in your submission.
*Authors retain copyright of their poems but submission gives us the permission to publish selected poems in a future anthology to be constituted from the best 10 poems from the various editions of the prize. *All submissions should be made via email as BODY of mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: ‘Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2014’.
No attachments, please.
*Entrants are advised to like WRRPoetry’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/WRRPoetry) and follow the twitter account @WRRPoetry for updates.
Entries will be received until 28th February, 2014.
By 20th of March, 2014, the shortlist of 10 poems will be published and eventual winners announced shortly after.
NOTE: Judges will be looking out for originality and their decision remains final.
PRIZES TO BE WON
First Prize: N20,000
Second Prize: N15,000
Third Prize: N10,000
Sponsor’s gift: N5,000
*The winning poems will be published on this blog while the profiles of the poets will be featured on our Facebook page.
*All poets that make the shortlist will receive a printed certificate.
*Selected poems will also be compiled for a future anthology that will include the best 10 poems from previous editions of the prize as mentioned.
Let’s rewrite the world; one healing verse at a time…
Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
@WRRPoetry @Poetivists @AuthorPedia @VerseUp
Mr Oribhabor is an Essayist, Poet, Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors, Abuja, and member of the Naija Languej Akedemi put together by the Institute of French Research in Africa (IFRA-NG).
Promoter of Naija languej (standardized version of Nigerian Pidgin), he once wrote the column Naija Languej A-Z in Leadership Newspaper, Abuja Nigeria where his articles written in English, featured words/phrases in Naija languej. His first published book is, Abuja Na Kpangba an oda puem-dem (IFRA-Oribhabor, 2010); a collection of poems in Naija languej. He is the Editor of “If Yu Hie Se A De Prizin”; an anthology of poems written in Naija.
His forth-coming works include, “The Good Old Naija” is a collection of essays published in his column, “Naija Langwej A-Z” (Leadership and defunct The Market magazine), “Beautiful Poisons – Collection of poems”, “The Face of Abuja” – poetry collection and “Lagos na Gon-Gon” – poetry collection in Naija langwej, etc.
Oribhabor is behind a publishing outfit called Something for Everybody Ventures and passionate about positive change for his country Nigeria. As the Organiser, 100Thousand Poets for Change, Abuja-Nigeria, he is very much passionate about promoting young writers towards developing their potentials;
He enjoys discussions on topical issues, traveling, tours and adventures.
His personal websites are Naija Langwej http://www.naijalangwej.com and Sometin For Evribodi http://www.somtinfoevribodi.com and he blogs at Oribhabor oribhabor.wordpress.com.