BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF NOTABLE AFRICAN WRITERS: WALE OKEDIRAN’S REMARKABLE LITERARY MASONRY IN NIGERIA’S ARTS SPACE | A CỌ́N-SCÌÒ PACESETTER PROFILE

It is easier for people to hold on and keep on giving their all when they know they have an army of supporters solidly behind them. Through the Ebedi Residency, which has become a comfortable home for many Nigerian writers, Okediran contributes his quota to the growth of “the community” he advocates for.

FROM EARLY AFRICAN ROOTS TO SUPPORTING AFRICAN WRITING: BRIGITTE POIRSON LEAVES DEEP FOOTPRINTS IN THE SANDS OF NIGERIAN LITERATURE | A CỌ́N-SCÌÒ PACESETTER PROFILE

Having had her imagination shaped from a young age by African stories, Brigitte Poirson has contributed immensely to the shaping of literature in the country in over a decade of active support. Her mark on Nigerian literature will remain indelible for generations to come.

POETICS OF SELFLESSNESS & SOCIAL CHANGE: ERIATA ORIBHABOR IS THE SELFLESS ‘MERCHANT OF POETRY’ IN NIGERIA’S ART INDUSTRY | A CỌ́N-SCÌÒ PACESETTER PROFILE

For Oribhabor, “everyone is an opportunity requiring opportunities to blossom,” and he’s ready to provide these opportunities even when funding and support are not there. He doesn’t mind taking from his personal pockets to encourage young poets, who he believes still have the energy and can afford the selflessness required to use poetry for social change, and he has been doing just that, always thinking of innovative ways to support young and aspiring poets.