On October 23rd, Libretto Publishers host former NLNG Prize for Literature winner, Tade Ipadeola, in a first of its kind Literary Session. The hour-long session, to be hosted live on Google Meets, will be centered on The State of Poetry In Africa.

About Tade Ipadeola

Tade Ipadeola was born in September 1970 in Fiditi, Oyo State, is an award-winning Nigerian poet who writes in English and Yoruba. He has published three volumes of poetry – A Time of Signs (2000), The Rain Fardel (2005) and The Sahara Testaments (2013) to his credit. He has also published short stories and essays. In 2013 his poetry collection, The Sahara Testaments won the prestigious Nigeria Prize for Literature instituted by the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG). In 2009, he won the Delphic Laurel in Poetry for his Yoruba poem “Songbird” at the Delphic Games in Jeju, South Korea. He graduated in Law at 21 from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Both his parents were teachers: his father taught literature at Fiditi Grammar School and retired as school principal; his mother taught Yoruba and English. Ipadeola started writing very early in life and won a regional prize when he was in the final year of his secondary school.

After reading the works of J. P. Clarke and Christopher Okigbo, Ipadeola started writing poetry himself in 1990, and he says it took him 10–12 years of consistent practice to master the craft. His first collection was published in 1996. His second collection was A Time of Signs(2000). He self-published his third collection of poems, A Rain Fardel, in 2005. Ipadeola has also translated two classical Yoruba novels, by Daniel Fagunwa, into English: The Divine Cryptograph (Aditu); and The Pleasant Potentate of Ibudo (Ireke Onibudo), both in 2010, but they remain unpublished. In 2012 he translated W. H. Auden’s first dramatic work Paid on Both Sides into Yoruba as Lamilami. Tade lives in Ibadan, Nigeria, where he writes and practices law.

The virtual event will be live streamed in Google meets in Nigeria.

Date: October 23rd, 2021.

Time: 1:00pm—2:00pm (Central African Time)

Venue: Google Meets (Virtual) In regards to this, we are inviting y’all to a live e-conference on Google meets. If you are interested, send a massage here and you will be added up to the e-live streaming. And you can as well go here to purchase the book “The Sahara Testaments” if you are in Nigeria. UK residents can purchase a copy of the book here as well.

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