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Ogunmolu Ebunoluwa Esther has won the August 2019 edition of the monthly Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (BPPC) for young writers. The edition was themed ‘EXPRESS YOURSELF’.

The winning poem ‘MY WORLD’ is a beautifully poetized patchwork of cultural flashbacks and mementos. It beat ‘GENESIS’ by Oluwatomiwa Ajeigbe and ‘POTPOURRIS OF MEMORIES‘ by Akor Agada Nathaniel to 2nd and 3rd place finishes respectively.

Ogunmolu, a linguist and writer from the historic Idanre town, Ondo state, Nigeria. She studied English and Literary Studies at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State and is currently serving the nation as a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Below is the winning poem:

MY WORLD by Ogunmolu Ebunoluwa Esther

As I dive down memory lane,
I ponder the syzygy of "MY WORLD"
Where Forty children and Five wives
Roam in archaic abode.

As I pass, I hear the cacophony of my ancient mortals
pounding a soft, stainless starch…
Oh! It’s moon time!
"Papa", tell me more about
The Inquisitiveness of Tortoise
and the fury of Ogun,
Or the monarchical tyranny
and reigns of egocentric juggernauts…

I recall
the Soro and Buba flirting
towards Bata dance.
The ups and downs of
Unified ways.

Hmm! What a world,
a two-sided coin
bringing pain and gain
And a lasting fortress!


Ogunmolu will be awarded N8000 in prize money and, alongside the other TOP 10 finalists from February to September 2019, will be automatically entered for the 2019 ALBERT JUNGERS POETRY PRIZE (AJPP) in addition to receiving a certificate and a copy of the BPPC 2019 anthology at the Words Rhymes & Rhythm Literary Festival 2018. All the top 10 poems for the 2019 Season will be published in the BPPC 2019 anthology while the top 30 poems are featured in “I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO LOVE YOU MORE chapbook. The finalists will also each receive certificates at the Words Rhymes & Rhythm Literary Festival held in December every year.

The BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST, a brainchild of Words Rhymes & Rhythm (WRR), is a monthly writing contest aimed at rewarding the under-appreciated talent of young Nigerian poets. It was instituted in February 2015 in honor of Brigitte Poirson, a French poet and lecturer, editor, who has over the years worked assiduously to promote and support African poetry. Now in its third season as one of the few credible contests for poets, the BPPC has since grown to be one of country’s most popular, especially among the younger poets.

Author: admin

I am a member of the WRR editorial team.

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