The ERIATA ORIBHABOR POETRY PRIZE (EOPP) is an annual literary prize instituted in November 2012 by Words Rhymes & Rhythm (WRR) in partnership with prominent Nigerian poet, essayist, editor, social commentator Sir Eriata Oribhabor.

EOPP came about to give the much-needed attention Nigerian poetry deserved to and encourage young Nigerian poets to use poetry as a tool for social change.

The Prize finds its purpose in the belief that poetry and the arts are agents of social change that must routinely encouraged.

In the words of Sir Eriata, the EOPP is a special reward mechanism for young Nigerian poets.  Over the years, the contest has become the leading platform for the discovery, encouragement, and celebration of poets in Nigeria.


Eriata Oribhabor is a poet, essayist, editor, social commentator, a former Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Abuja, CEO/Publisher at Something For Everybody Ventures (SFEV), and President of Poets In Nigeria (PIN) Initiative.

A renowned Nigerian literary promoter, Oribhabor has authored several books including Beautiful Poisons, Crossroads and The Rubicon, Eriata on Marble, Shifting Rides of Poetikness, Random Thoughts on Poetry, Walking Truths and That Beautiful Picture.

In concert with members of Poets in Nigeria Initiative, he organizes several literary initiatives events within and outside Nigeria, chief of which include Festival Poetry Calabar; Nigerian Students Poetry Prize and ArtHub Lagos, Food Poetry Prize.

His literary activism which has earned him the title of ‘Merchant of Poetry’. He encourages young writers to develop their potentials towards achieving their dreams and enjoys discussions on topical issues, traveling, tours and adventures.

EOPP Hall of Fame:

  1. 2012 – Nwakanma Chika
  2. 2013 – Madu Chisom Kingdavid
  3. 2014 – Darlington Ekene Ogugua
  4. 2015 – Ajise Vincent
  5. 2016 – Frank Eze
  6. 2017 – Mesioye Johnson
  7. 2018 – Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto