The fifth edition of ARTMOSPHERE, your favourite Music, Literature and Arts parley opens with a deliberate attempt to discuss African identity and realistic approach to progress in Africa. There will also be a detailed predisposition, and juxtapositions to personal and continental experiences of growing up.
WriteHouse Collective will be using this edition of Artmosphere to question evolving and modern African values with consideration to ethics, technological use and education. The foregrounded and fundamental question will be “What are the values and ideals that define our cosmos and what do we do with them in a fast multicultural and constantly changing cross-idealistic world?
Award-winning poet and literary scholar, Peter Akinlabi and novelist Omotunde Omole will read from their latest works and also deliver insightful perspectives and experiences relevant to the central theme. Peter Akinlabi was the very first winner of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October, 2009). This will be followed by panel discussions as well as presentations from traditionally unpublished and emerging voices in Nigerian literature like Yeku James, Biodun Bello and Opeyemi Adeola. There will be music performances to spice the rhythm and jibes of poetry, stories and experiences.
Artmosphere is organized by WriteHouse Collective, a creative enterprise, culture and arts firm and supported by Ibridge Hub, a place for people with great ideas to meet, learn and work. This edition is also supported by literary friends across the country.
The May edition of Artmosphere – “Growing Up”
Time: 3pm-6pm on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta Road, off Alalubosa G.R.A., Ibadan.
Peter Akinlabi lives and works in Ilorin. He obtained a Bachelor degree in English from University of Ibadan, Ibadan and Masters in English and Literary studies from University of Ilorin. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Sentinel Quarterly, Lit.Mag. of Nigerianstalk.org and Sentinel Nigeria. He was short-listed for first African Poetry Prize of University of Brunel, UK, and is the winner of Sentinel Quarterly Poetry Competition in 2009.
Biodun Bello was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Ibadan and later a Master’s degree in Performance Studies at the Institute of African Studies of the same University. He has had diverse work exposures and experiences, having had stints with a private media and sports marketing firm in Lagos as an operations assistant, and later as a liaison officer to a youth and family NGO in Ibadan, and later as instructor at a British school in his country’s Federal Capital where he taught History, Science and later English, subsequently rising to the position of Head of the School’s Literacy Department and then Coordinator of the School’s Literacy Development Programme. A poet and songwriter, Biodun emerged the overall winner of the annual Okigbo Poetry Competition in 2005 at the University of Ibadan, and winning prizes as runner-up at different other times.
Yeku James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from the University of Ibadan. He is the curator of the online group, MUSE ON FIRE, where he coordinates, critiques and publishes literary discourses. He served as Literacy Instructor in the Literacy Unit of Tender Years School (British), Abuja, where he was also Coordinator for the Reading Club, as well as a Curriculum Developer. His poetry has been widely published in different media. Yeku is the author of Comprehensive Grammar (in press). He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
Omole Omotunde has an unwavering love for literature and all the good it can bring. An unpublished author of full length novels and several short stories, he believes literature can serve as a vehicle for ameliorating societal ills and raising the people’s consciousness towards the preservation of our time-tested values and morality.
Alabi Adegoke is a medical student of the University of Ibadan. He is an ardent fan of literature as well as visual arts. He appreciates ‘outside the box’ ideas and welcomes creativity. His hobbies include playing chess and singing among others. He is the president of QUILLS, a house of literature based at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
Opeyemi Adeola is a final year student of English Language at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a lover of the Arts and a worshipper of books. Writing comes to her when painting fails to tell the numerous stories in her head. She was recently assigned the role of a relationship manager at WriteHouse Collective.
Her passion for ‘women’s rights’ inspires most of her works; her writings have appeared on various online platforms.