Lagos Poetry Thon and Arts Fest is the premier round the clock poetry and arts fest in Lagos, Nigeria. Since inception ; it has trained and guided over 50000 youths and has influenced the literary and artistic paths of creatives through workshops, education, scholarship , mentorship and technical support to participants. It has also become the hub of poets and griots to communicate , interact and share relevant resources and information as one big family.
Lagos Poetrython has expressions in paintings, photography, poetry slam, book readings, high school poetry debate, master classes and a creative academy.
Oloyede Michael Taiwo
Review from our Readers
"Oloyede’s work leaps off the pages of the book and cups your nape before sucking you into a haven of imageries, metaphors and a delightsome narrative of everyday life.
Taiwo's writing is a call to dance , hop, spin and bask in the liberating power of words. His evocations in the poem, I remember you, is not just captivating, but also cleansing.
You are the contour of Mississippi, the texture of chance ,a lonely running road.
The poem explains the emotions of a migrant about his home. He likens his home country to a lover. Taiwo in that piece, emoted in an alluring style
"Taiwo gathers the expanse of human experience of love, life, and death in his debut collection of poems. The images that tumble from the collection are both stunning and uplifting, whether they explore the futility of a lover‘s crushed ego in “Convalescence,” examine a nation weighed down by corruption, poverty, dirty politics, and violence in “Moribund Restaurant,” or—as in “Love’s Soothing Web”—delve into the intoxicating power of love.
“Tell the White Man” exposes the utter exploitation of Black nations at the hands of the West, which it does in the name of development and altruism. In “If I had wings like a dove,” Taiwo cautions common man to use their vote wisely as he writes: “If I had wings like a dove,/ I would perch on the roof of your conscience and/ remind you not to sell your vote./ Else, the muttering lips of the next generation would/ submit that servitude was a fine ornament on/ the crooked neck of your soul.” “Uneasy Calm” is a sorrowful meditation on life.
Dedicated to George Floyd, “I Can’t Breathe” brings the horrible episode to life. “Dust Arise” explores what it means to love truly. Taiwo experiments with form and syntax and covers a vast range of topics, from love, loss, hope, grief to tyranny, freedom, and Black pride among others, taking the reader on a journey of mystery and longing, all the while capturing the essence of Nigerian people and culture: “the back of Africa can never be put out to the ground/ Like dust, we rise and furnish our hope with grit.”
Wide-ranging and poignant, this is a winning collection."
Sammy Sage Hassan is a teacher, life coach and author. He is Nigeria’s premier spoken word poet with two albums and a thousand or more performances on large stages, television, radio and small venues in near 20 years of an active performance poetry career. His book Dream Maker is touted as an inspirational classic. He also writes biographies and books for governments and organizations. Sage is a filmmaker with two short films to his credit and a documentary titled The Nigerian Dream; he also lends his voice and face to film and stage. As teacher and life coach he hopes to curate the wisdom and knowledge of all time for future generations.
Olukorede Yishau is journalist, novelist and short story writer. He has have been a journalist for 21 years and over the years. He has reported from Singapore, United States, South Africa, China and several states in Nigeria. He has won some of Nigeria’s most prestigious media honours, including Columnist of the Year, Capital Market Reporter of the Year, Aviation Industry Reporter of the Year and Entertainment Reporter of the Year.
His debut novel, In the Name of Our Father, was nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature this year and it was described by two-time Booker Prize finalist Chigozie Obioma as a “work of deceptive simplicity”. The book has been used for graduate and postgraduate theses in Nigerian universities. His second book, Vaults of Secrets, is a collection of short stories and it is receiving rave reviews.
Tolu’ A. Akinyemi (also known as Tolutoludo & Lion of Newcastle) is a multi-award-winning Nigerian author in the genre of poetry, short story, Children’s Literature and essays, Literature, 2021) and A god in a human body (Poetry, forthcoming – January 2022). Tolu’ has been endorsed by the Arts Council England as a writer with “exceptional talent”. A former headline act at Great Northern Slam, Crossing The Tyne Festival, and Feltonbury Arts and Music Festival, he also inspires large audiences through spoken word performances. He is a co-founder of Lion and Lilac, a UK-based arts organisation and sits on the board of many organisations. Tolu’ is a financial crime consultant as well as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with extensive experience working with leading investment banks and consultancy firms.
Oreime is the host of the gathering ; a literary platform where poets musicians, audience connect and enjoy the lush atmosphere of evocations. She is the current Mrs Nigeria. The gathering has hosted and promoted the crafts of many writers, and spoken word artistes
Larryforeman is one of the most sought after masters of ceremony and entertainer in the international scene. He is a Nigerian born artiste based in US. He is an actor / radio host, compere and a brand influencer.
He had presented on BBC radio /Unilag fm and other notable radio stationsand has featured in several sitcoms and television series in Nigeria
Product-oriented Technology Team Lead with more than 9 years of deep technical experience developing, implementing and supporting complex infrastructures. Specialized in the design and delivery of scalable mission-critical software systems. Tofunmi is an art enthusiast with flare for literature. He gives tech perspectives to artistic ideations and products.
Odunjo Gbenga David is a prolific writer and a poet par excellence. His poems have been published across literary platforms and had performed in several events.
He is the founder of Apex Educational consult and has mentored over a hundred thousand students.
John Akerele currently lives in Republic of Ireland where he is a member of the Irish Literary Society. John's focus is on girl-child related issues. The gender inequality he saw in the society inspired him to write and publish his first book titled “Blood on the Dancefloor”. He hopes to contribute to the poetry community through other publications that are in the works.
Deborah Morenike Yisah has a background in creative arts. She has directed plays , dance and drama during arts festivals and is an alumna of the Lagos Poetrython Academy. She received endowments and awards for being an outstanding student of the arts in her undergraduate days. Deborah’s debut collection of poems, Under the orange sky has been reviewed in both local and international journals and is still receiving lots of reviews. She is a member of the Poetry society, UK.
A multi-award-winning poet, spoken word artist, and dramatist with over 10 years in the
literary field, exploring the human condition and creating works that attempt to provide
answers to the myriads of questions deep within our souls. Master of African speculative
realism, author of “Teaching Father How to Impregnate Women”, selected as winner of the
RL Poetry Award. Holds a B. Tech in Mathematics and Computer Science. A workshop
facilitator for various private poetry programs, and convener - Poetry Meet Series, a
platform for the nurturing of young poets.