TOP TEN NIGERIAN SITES TO GET YOUR WORK ON IN 2017

The following are the leading Nigerian literary blogs/websites to promote your literary works on in 2017 according to The Chrysolite Team Ranking.

1. Word Rhyme and Rythm – www.wrr.ng
2. EGC Poetry Blog – www.egccreativity.blogspot.com
3. Chrysolite Writers Blog – www.chrysolitewriterz.wordpress.com
4. AceWorld – www.myaceworld.net
5. Poets In Nigeria – www.poetsinnigeria.org.ng
6. The Poetry Court – www.thepoetrycourt.blogspot.com
7. Quality Poets Blog – www.qualitypoets.wordpress.com
8. Creative Writers Association of Nigeria – www.pengician.com
9. Black Pride Magazine – www.blackpridemagazine.wordpress.com
10. Parousia Magazine – www.parousiamagazine.com

You may visit the above sites to read the amazing works published therein and also to find the

guidelines and instructions to send in your own pieces.

 

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TOP 70 NIGERIAN POETS IN 2016 (The Chrysolite Team Ranking)

The Chrysolite Team is pleased to announce the following poets (Page and Spoken Word) as the selected (not best) Poets that rocked Nigeria in the past year 2016, and are to be watched out for in 2017.

The Selection Criteria include Societal Influence, Consistency (Online, Page and Spoken Words), Publications (Electric and Paper-Back), Online and International Recognition, Awards won and Literary Promotional Programmes involved in.

NOTE THAT THE LIST IS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER OF RANKING EXCEPT THE FIRST POET WHO IS SELECTED BY AN EXTRA MERIT OF WINNING THE CHRYSOLITE WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016.

ONCE AGAIN, THE POETS WERE SELECTED BASED ON THE ABOVE CRITERIA, THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST.

  1. Ogechi Veronica (Chrysolite Writer of the Year Award Winner)
  2. Ayoola Goodness Olanrewaju
  3. Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau
  4. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
  5. Graciano Enwerem
  6. Servio Gbadamosi
  7. Samuel Amazing Ayoade
  8. Wale Ayinla
  9. Ogedengbe Tolulope Impact
  10. Bakare Kemi
  11. Olayinka Samson Aremu
  12. James Ademuyiwa
  13. Mesioye Affable Johnson
  14. Michael Ace
  15. Tanimonuore Richard
  16. Jumoke Adesewa Olah
  17. Lawal Kafayat Gold
  18. Aremu Adams Adebisi
  19. Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom
  20. Oki Kehinde Julius
  21. Damade Richard
  22. Oyeyemi Michael Sui-Generis
  23. Akinbode Israel Oluwatobi
  24. Prestige Ifeanyi
  25. Ayomide Festus
  26. Ajijola Abeeb DaBeloved
  27. Oluwaseun Tiwistar
  28. Awotide Oluwaseun
  29. Eriata Oribhabor
  30. Osigwe Benjamin
  31. Ejiro Edward
  32. Amore David Olamide
  33. Deacon Adigun Temitope Idealism
  34. Olajuwon Joseph Olumide
  35. Enigmatic Olumide Bisiriyu
  36. Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon
  37. Lekan Malik
  38. Ezeokoye Vanessa Onyinye
  39. Valentine Mbagwu
  40. Otubelu Chinazom Chukwudi
  41. Ikirigo Sokari Jeremiah
  42. Odey David
  43. Abegunde Sunday OlaOluwa
  44. Udokamma Benedict Wilfred
  45. Olamiposi Omoyele
  46. Okeme James
  47. AbdAfeez AbdHamid
  48. Akor Emmanuel
  49. Adeosun Adams
  50. BankHall
  51. Victor Adewale LyricPoet
  52. Ojo Adewale Iyanda
  53. Adedolapo Ansel
  54. Tukur Ridwan
  55. Oluwatosin Faith Kolawole
  56. Godson Osarenren
  57. Rex Mayor Ubini
  58. Dike Chukwumerije
  59. Suddie Vershima Agema
  60. Funke Awodiya
  61. Freezing Paul
  62. Jumoke Verissimo
  63. SusamPaul Egwu
  64. Ijalusi Tolani Samuel
  65. Caleb Ugbo
  66. Gabriel Eziorobo
  67. Adegoke Adeola
  68. Alfred Joseph
  69. McCoy Major Golding
  70. Anyatonwu Sylvester

THANK YOU!

THE CHRYSOLITE TEAM

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Indunil Madhusankha Interviews the Nigerian Poet, Samuel Amazing Ayoade

Third person biography of Samuel Amazing Ayoade

Samuel Amazing Ayoade (Blazing Pen) is the first of three children, born on the 27th day of March, 1995 to a Christian dramatist family. He discovered his natural abilities to write and sing, and worked on himself. A scientist by education, but artistic at heart. He is a Higher National Diploma student of Animal Health and Production. He started acting at the age of four and wrote his first play at the age of twelve. He has some Christian movies and gospel musical tracks to his credit. Some of his poems were first published in Wale Owoade’s poetry anthology ‘BLACK COMMUNION’. He is the founder of a literary group ‘CHRYSOLITE WRITERZ’, a singer, poet, writer (of prose, drama, and poetry), an actor, and a defender of faith.

 

IM: Indunil Madhusankha

SAA: Samuel Amazing Ayoade

 

IM: You are truly “Amazing” and quite a “Blazing Pen” when it comes to creative writing, especially poetry. How do you perceive the poet in you?

SAA: Eccentric

IM: I liked and was particularly touched by the three of your recently published poems, “Horrors of Planet Africa” (Tuck Magazine), “Horses and Soles” (I am not a silent poet Magazine), and “A Sonnet for My Lost Sisters” (Nigerian POETRY – WRR POETRY). There, I saw how poignantly you have expressed your genuine sentiments on the vice of colour segregation. How much do you think this discrimination has shaped your writing?

SAA: I love satires. Social vices and discrimination makes my pen bleed oxygenated ink directly from my arteries.

IM: I also went through your poems, “LOVEIATOR” published in the Tuck Magazine and “THE CROSS” featured in the Nigerian POETRY – WRR POETRY. I highly commended the stunning concrete imagery and the authentic appeal observable in those poems. What inspires you to think creatively like that?

SAA: God inspires, God’s Word has been my support, backbone and every strength so far. Creativity? Everyone has that, so long as you make use of the part of God hidden in your cranium.

IM: Please name your favourite piece out of the many poems that you have written so far?

SAA: Virtually all. I love my works, but to be particular, ZOMBIE STREETS Series, most of which are still unpublished.

IM: I would like to know about some venues, both digital and print, that your poems have been published, and also about any nominations or awards that you have received.

SAA: poetry.wrr.ng, I am not a silent poet, Tuck Magazine, samuelamazing.indonesiaz.com, Literary Planet, parousiamagazine.org, chrysolitewriterz.wordpress.com, pulse.ng, poetrybits.com, allpoetry.com, etc.
Nominations, not so many.

Awards, Poem of the Week December 2015 by pulse.ng.

IM: I learnt that you are a student involved in the field of Science (Animal Health and Production) which apparently ‘contradicts’ the liberal arts that you have excelled in. How do you wish to interpret this ‘contradiction’?  

SAA: Passion is everything. Elechi Chukwudi Bright once said that the human brain has been wired by GOD to perform many functions

IM: Who is your favourite poet and what do you like about his or her writing the most?

SAA: Ajise Vincent. He is always deep, concise and revelational

IM: Looking back on the way you have come, what do you think made you a writer?

SAA: In-born capacity made me a writer. Criticism and contests developed me. Failure built me. Reading other people’s works has also helped in building the me in my pen.

IM: You are a person of multiple artistic accomplishments because you are not just a writer of several genres, but an actor, musician and a singer as well. Also, apart from being a student, professionally you are a teacher and a coordinator. So, how do you find the time for writing amidst your busy schedule?

SAA: When interests and time fail, passion persists.

IM: Do you write according to a plan? Or, is it at a sudden call that you move onto write a new piece?

SAA: I write anywhere, anytime, as my muse dictates. Tho’, I deny my muse at times, and in return, it hurts my emotions at other times by going crazy and uncontrollable. Times like this, you’d see me scream words…

IM: What are the challenges that you have faced or are currently facing as a young writer?

SAA: Sponsorship

IM: Some people say that the public interest on literature is gradually dwindling. Do you agree with this statement?

SAA: Yes, it’s true. But spoken words have gradually taken over.

IM: Unlike in the past, publishing is no longer an unfulfilled dream for the authors in today’s technologically revolutionized world. As a young writer and the founder of the literary group, “CHRYSOLITE WRITERS”, what do you think about the way in which digital platforms have contributed to the promotion of creative writing in the present context?

SAA: Very well, especially the internet. It gives voices to unheard trachea laying down in silenced silences.

IM: Finally, what message would you like to deliver to the emerging writers as an accomplished young poet?

SAA: Whatsoever your hand findeth to do, do it with all the strength in you. You may be neglected and deserted. But one day, you will become a monument for generations yet in the loins.

IM: Thank you very much, dear Samuel Amazing Ayoade. I highly appreciate the valuable opportunity that you offered me to interview you about your writings and your views regarding poetics.

SAA: It’s my pleasure sir.

 

First published in the Tuck Magazine on 9th February 2016 the link for which is

http://tuckmagazine.com/2016/02/09/interview-with-nigerian-poet-samuel-amazing-ayoade/

Interview with the Award-Winning Nigerian Poet, Oki Kehinde Julius by Indunil Madhusankha

A Short Biography of Oki Kehinde Julius

Oki Kehinde Julius is a renowned and prolific writer who hails from Okitipupa in Ondo-state, Nigeria. He is currently an undergraduate engineering student and a Christian by faith. Okilux, by poetic name is a spoken word artist who has won laurels in both spoken slam and page poetry. He won the award, The Most Influential Best Poet of The Year 2015 from the Paragon Poetry Contest. Also, in 2015, he was inducted into the Community of Thought and Society and he was awarded the title of Writer II of the League. His works have been featured in both local, national and international magazines. He was shortlisted by the Black Pride Magazine among the top 30 page poets who rocked 2015, and was also commended by the Tuck Magazine as one of its contributors who rocked 2015 with poetry and fiction. He is currently holding the positions of Writer 1/ Media Officer at Chrysolite Writers Team and Moderator of Literary Planet Poetry.

 

IM: Indunil Madhusankha

OKJ: Oki Kehinde Julius

 

IM: How would you like to describe yourself in a few words?

OKJ: I am Oki Kehinde Julius, a Nigerian writer and a brother to Jesus.

IM: I first went through your poem entitled, I Will Report 2015 to 2016 which recently appeared in the Tuck Magazine. It is an authentic reflection of your acute remonstrating against some injustices that transpired during the year 2015. What do you think should be the role of a poet in building a world free from such injustices as the ones portrayed in this poem?

OKJ: I will Report 2015 to 2016 is a poem that was inspired by a nightmare. It warns 2016 never to walk through the way that 2015 took, and was written in the wake of the ugly insurgency and blood shedding that engulf my nation, Nigeria. Every poet finds the pen as a sword to fight injustice. Even though a poet is not going to utter a word, his written work must be a strong protest against immorality. Poets are like clergy men preaching, and they are also like activists voicing for the voiceless.

IM: Also, I like the evocative and appealing imagery couched in the poems, Syndication featured in AsaPlaNET and Poorvertied that appears in the CWAN website. How do you get the inspiration to create such powerful mind pictures?

OKJ: Let me first start with Poorvertied. Our people are wallowing and swimming in the pool of abject poverty. Surviving means taking only one meal per day for some people. What are the causes, effects and solutions for these issues? All these are explored in the poem, Poorvertied. Then, Syndication is a poem that is gusting the basket never to play with the rain. It talks about human associations and why people must fraternize with other classes. I was inspired one day, when I saw a dog climbing a goat. Surprisingly, this made my pen to bleed its ink for Syndication.

IM: Will you be able to name a few of your favourite pieces out of all the poems that you have written so far?

OKJ: All my poems are my favourite because I didn’t stole any. My best is yet to come, they are on their way coming. Among the ones that have already arrived are Where Are The gods, Poorvertied, Abobaku, Devil The Priest Of The Altar, Formal Nigeria, Fraternity, Keep The Pen Dancing, Ojelu and a host of others which are perhaps far better than all these.

IM: I am curious to know about your experience in your achievement of the award of The Most Influential Best Poet of the Year 2015 at a competition organized by the Paragon Poetry Contest and your subsequent induction into the Community of Thought and Society thus becoming the Writer II of the League.

OKJ: Winning the Paragon Poet Of The Year award in 2015 added another feather to my wings. I think that I am not the best among the contestants and I don’t even deserve the award. It was all God’s grace, that’s why I’ve dedicated the medal to Him. Community of Thought and Society had been watching me for long, I didn’t know. Sometimes when you’re doing something, you don’t know that people are watching you. It was in mid-September last year that I was messaged on my phone saying that they had finally made it known to the world that they had found me cleared of all conditions which were quintessential for induction into their league. At first, I thought it was a scammer, but to God be the glory, the truth prevailed and I was inducted into the community and awarded the title, the Writer II of the League.

IM: You are an undergraduate student involved in the field of engineering. As a student of science, what kind of a conflict do you observe between physical sciences and literary arts?

OKJ: Literature seems to be wrestling with physical sciences. Assemble 100 poets, and 75 out of them will be science students. I’m also one of them. Well, an engineering student remains an engineer, even if he/she is a god/goddess of poetry. Also, literature seems to have made many writers who are academically or professionally involved in the science field to regret their choice to be in science departments. This happens because literature is the mirror of life.

IM: Are there any poets or mentors who teach you how to write and influence your writing?

OKJ: Fat No! I don’t have a mentor in poetry. No one on earth teaches me how to write poems. I spent my secondary education days in the Chemistry laboratory. I don’t have a tutor or friend who influences me into poetry. It is a divine agenda, and surprisingly poetry was once what I hated the most among all other genres of literature. Even though I don’t have a mentor, I am happy that I have friends like Aremu Adebisi, Sam Ayoade, Deacon Adigun, Wale Ayinla, KIS, Veronica, George Shakesword, Graciano, Micheal Ace, Rex Mayor, Tukor, Solutionist, Enitan, Davydov and a lot of other budding poets all of whom cannot be mentioned here.

IM: How do you choose themes for your poems and what kinds of subject matters compel you the most?

OKJ: I choose themes for my poems according to the messages that I want to convey. I’m very careful with the themes that I choose for my pieces, because it is mostly the theme that cajoles the readers into going through my work. Also, I very much love to write poems dealing with protests and social criticisms.

IM: I have seen some writers having fanatical interests in their own religions? Are you also a religious extremist like that?

OKJ: Fat no! I hate fanatics. Despite the fact that I’m a Christian, I do tolerate other people’s religions, beliefs and views too. As proof, on January this year, I collaborated with a Muslim poet from India, namely Awwal Karrem and wrote a peaceful poem on the theme of religions titled, We Worship One God. The UN saw this, and they sent us an accolade. I’m a lover of different cultures and a friend of every religion. I hate fanatics. Because fanatics are no better than lunatics.

IM: As a student, how do you find the time for your literary career amidst many academic obligations?

OKJ: In spite of my tight academic schedule, I crave to find the time to write. I can write anywhere, even in the toilet. I do write in the classroom. Even during lectures, if the muse arrives, I begin to think before the lecture ends, and I put it down. Further, I do write even in the middle of the night, if inspiration happens to come. That’s why you will always find a paper and a book on my bed as my second pillow.

IM: Do you write regularly according to a plan, or is it just when the thoughts come to your mind?

OKJ: No! I don’t write regularly. A prophet does not prophesy every time. I work with inspiration and muse. I don’t write based on a special plan to meet an ultimatum. I write when a strange thought creeps into my heart. Writing poems and having them published every day will only make a poet lose his/ her value and his/her work will eventually become a common commodity. I don’t have joy in writing a huge numbers of poems. Even if it is just five poems, I can write them over the period of a whole month. My greatest joy is that my poems are able to convey a message that will correct our morally depleted society.

IM: I heard that you are currently working on your first book. Would you like to share something about that?

OKJ: Laugh! How did you know this? Actually there are two books, not one, namely Side of a Coin and Fraternity. The first one, Side Of A Coin is a book which tells the world that success cannot be attained only through education, but through hard work and perseverance as well. The other one, Fraternity is a book that warns the basket never to make friends with the rain because its perforated body is not capable of holding water. In a nutshell, this book deals with human associations. Let me stop here sir, my publisher is already staring at me.

IM: Some people say that rhyming poetry is a dying art. Do you agree with this statement?

OKJ: Rhyming poetry is not sick to the extent of dying. It depends on individual choice. Some people love free verse, while others love rhymes. As for me, seventy percent of my poems are rhymed ones. I love rhymed poems because they have a good musical effect when they are recited. Readers too love reading rhymed poems, because their recitals sound like rap music which is a very popular genre of entertainment. So, I think that rhyming poetry has not faced with extinction yet. It is still breathing.

IM: As you know, there are hundreds of literary e-zines and e-journals spread across the internet. What do you think about this new trend in the publishing industry as opposed to the traditional print form?

OKJ: I think that all the twenty first century writers need to give a big round of applause to the web publishing formats. If it not for them, how can our work go throughout the world? They’ve moulded many poets into shape, which includes me, the very person who is talking right now. I want to use this opportunity to appreciate all the big brains behind internet publications.

IM: Finally, what inspirational message would you like to convey to the budding writers as a well-received young poet?

OKJ: I would love to advice the emerging poets to keep their eyes on their own watch and never to imitate anyone. Do not imitate anybody for the best you get, because the moment you do that, you are just a number two. Criticism will come. Open your door for that. Jesus Christ too was not accepted by all. So, you should also know that, not everybody will love your work. You should keep on writing. Also, you should portray in your lifestyle, the messages and sermons that you need to preach through your poems. And, at the end of the day, your name will surely be written in gold.

IM: I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Oki Kehinde Julius for your valuable time and the interesting information shared. I wish you the best of luck for your writing career.

I am indeed lifted up by this wonderful opportunity given to me. Even if this is not an award plaque, I know this is another feather added to my wings. A Big Thank You, Sir!

 

First published in the March, 2016 Issue of Scarlet Leaf Review, and subsequently in the Issue 1 (Easter, 2016) of Parousia Christian Magazine and also in the Tuck Magazine on 18th April 2016

http://www.scarletleafreview.com/essays–interviews/indunil-madhusankha-interview-with-the-award-winning-nigerian-poet-oki-kehinde-julius

https://parousiamagazine.com/2016/05/16/interview-with-the-award-winning-nigerian-poet-oki-kehinde-julius-by-indunil-madhusankha/

http://tuckmagazine.com/2016/04/18/interview-award-winning-nigerian-poet-oki-kehinde-julius/

 

Exploring the Poetics in the Eyes of a Young Nigerian Poet: An Interview with Ogana David Okpah by Indunil Madhusankha

A Short Biography of Ogana David Okpah

Ogana David Okpah is an undergraduate of Plant Science and Biotechnology at Nasarawa State University, Nigeria. He is obsessed with writing and the arts in general. He has been recently featured in the Grey Sparrow Journal, Rising Phoenix Review, Provo Canyon Review, Literary Yard and a few more.

 

IM: Indunil Madhusankha

ODO: Ogana David Okpah

 

IM: How would you like to describe yourself in just one sentence?

ODO: Well, I think, I am a silent, easy going person who gets in touch with nature.

IM: I found the two of your recent poems, “LOST” and “HELMINTHS” published in the Tuck Magazine to be really touching and compelling. There, I saw how subtly and interestingly you have manipulated the art of poetry in bringing out your genuine emotions. How do you get the initial impression to write such poems?

ODO: I strive to write poems on matters relating to humans. So, the dark aspects of the human kind such as brutality arise my consciousness to write and hence to fill in the literary spaces and also to develop a measure at creating a balance through an unseen world.

IM: Out of the many works published to your credit, two other very intriguing poems are “A Drink” featured in the Kalahari Review and “SONG” in AfricanWriter.com. I especially applauded your strong powers of imagination perceived in these two poems. What impact do you attempt to create in the readers while authoring such beautiful poesy?

ODO: I have come to grips with the possibility that poetry is everything written for or against anything. I believe that uniqueness makes any poem a good craft. Here, raising the imaginative through the unimaginative as seen in painting is what I want to achieve in order to relieve the human condition.

IM: While reading some of your works, I couldn’t help noticing the fact that religion has an unmistakable influence on your thematic concerns. How would you like to explain this particular tendency in your choice of themes? 

ODO: Our environment and community make us humans. I grew up in a religious society. Besides that, I was raised in a Christian home. I think that these factors have influenced some of the metaphors and notions that I try to communicate through my writings.

IM: If somebody gives you a book compiled with all the poems that you have written so far, which poem would you like to choose as your favourite? Please specify the reason.

ODO: I go with MAN MADE, a poem featured in Former People Journal. The poem was written for my home country. In my view, creativity is gradually decaying in Nigeria, and, as a result, I intend creating something to be creative.

IM: Who is your favourite poet and which of his/her poems do you love the most?

ODO: Derek Walcott. I am delighted to have read his wonderful poem, Love After Love

IM: What is the source of inspiration in the journey through your literary career?

ODO: Well, it is nothing much of the human condition. Nature and its uniqueness, birth, death and grief.

IM: I learnt that you are an undergraduate student specializing in Plant Science and Biotechnology. How do you see the ‘conflict’ between this particular subject area and creative writing?

ODO: Science explores the seen world and its tangible objects, but literature travels beyond that to a mental picture in flight. Yet, at some point, the two may be seen to be converging. The difference is rare and still blurs.

IM: As a student, how do you balance your academic life and literary career?

ODO: In order to survive, one has to act wisely. As to how I manage my writing, I write randomly, not minding time or anything, just when it comes.

IM: How often do you write and what are your favourite genres?

ODO: I can’t say that I am too fast or slow. But, I may say that I try to write each day because it is classified as one of my endeavours. For my favourite genres, I go with poetry, fiction and painting. Actually, I do not paint, but I just love the art.

IM: Would you like to share something about your future writing plans?

ODO: Yes, I think every serious minded writer would want to have a full length book published. Soon, I shall also be climbing that flight of stairs.

IM: What do you think are the biggest challenges encountered by the emerging writers in today’s literary world?

ODO: Publication potential, readership and some rejection letters aren’t friendly at all.

IM: With the introduction of digital platforms, we have been able to witness an efflorescence of creative works across the internet. How do you think these digital trends have contributed to the flux of creativity in the contemporary literary scenario?

ODO: The web is quite easily accessible. Also, it helps different cultures to easily share their views on various matters. Thanks to these digital platforms, currently there is a wide range of readership among creative writers.

IM: At last, what message would you like to convey to the aspirant poets and creative writers?

ODO: I think that the more one writes, the more he develops his skill.

IM: Many thanks, dear Ogana David Okpah. I really enjoyed and appreciate the chance to interview you about your works and your opinion on creative writing.

ODO: Thank you. I am honoured.

 

First published in the Tuck Magazine on 15th March 2016 the link for which is

http://tuckmagazine.com/2016/03/15/exploring-poetics-eyes-young-nigerian-poet-interview-ogana-david-okpah/