Title: VERSES FROM THE NIGER (2015 ‘GAP’ poetry anthology)
Author: AYOMIDE G. FESTUS, CHIKA J. ONWUASOANYA, VANGER FATER,WAZANI A. IJARAFU
Publisher: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM
Year of Publication: 2015
VERSES FROM THE NIGER is a collection of poems co-authored by the four winners of the 2015 ‘GREEN AUTHOR PRIZE’ – AYOMIDE GABRIEL FESTUS, CHIKA JONES ONWUASOANYA, VANGER FATER and WAZANI ADAMU IJARAFU.
“Against a backdrop of great miscellany, poetry from Nigeria has begun to emerge; more audacious; more ambitious. Even despite stern intimations to the contrary, much of the country is yet to witness the full manifestations of the verse – and its more contemporary rations. With initiative however, we are on a fertile terrain. From every corner, innumerable mounds of the young literati surface; and, now, more than ever before, we have upon our gaze a resurgence of the art, a consensus; ergo, a deluge of excitations. The poets – and the poems – arising from the Green Author Prize are a testimony to the marvels of an emerging renaissance. They are omens of a more radical creative will for the Nigerian mind. The depths of reckoning with burrowed voices are never entirely probed, alas, and thus it is on the routes of projects like this one that the propagation of the poetic continuum must spread.”
– Oyin Oludipe Samuel (GAP 2015 Judge)
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