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We are excited to announce the upcoming release of “A Mouthful of Rivers“: a captivating collaboration of short stories and poems by four distinguished writers from the Ebedi International Writers Residency. This mesmerizing collection will be available on August 31, 2023, and we are thrilled to share this momentous occasion with you.

“A Mouthful of Rivers” showcases the extraordinary talents of internationally acclaimed authors Omale Allen Abdul-jabbar, Seun Osho, Ayo Oyeku, and Nosakhare Collins. Born out of their immersive international residencies, this collaborative work weaves together an intricate tapestry of narratives, inviting readers to embark on a poignant and evocative literary journey.

Within the pages of “A Mouthful of Rivers,” these esteemed authors delve into the power and beauty of rivers through their distinct storytelling styles. Through a fusion of prose and poetry, they explore the depths of human emotions, the complexities of relationships, and the transformative nature of waterways and how it shapes our lives.

This remarkable collection offers a diverse range of voices, perspectives, and experiences. From tales of love and loss to reflections on cultural heritage and personal growth, “A Mouthful of Rivers” transcends boundaries, both geographical and emotional. Each story and poem acts as a window into the hearts and minds of the authors, transporting readers to far-flung corners of the world and leaving an indelible impression.

Omale Allen Abdul-jabbar paints vivid landscapes with lyrical prose and poetry, exploring the interplay between nature and human existence. Seun Osho interrogates the mysteries of the human psyche through a compelling story that navigate the depths of human nature. Ayo Oyeku crafts an intricate children’s narrative, exploring the complexities of cultural identity and the profound ways in which rivers connect us to our roots. Lastly, Nosakhare Collins captures the essence of raw emotions through poignant and thought-provoking poems, weaving words into a tapestry of longing and hope.

Through their collaboration, the writers have created a literary masterpiece that will resonate with readers on a profound level. The intertwining of their unique perspectives and creative prowess has birthed a collection that transcends borders, fostering a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.

About the Authors:

Omale Allen Abdul-Jabbar, also known as “Masaihead,” is a renowned poet and civil servant residing in Abuja, Nigeria. He has authored a poetry collection titled “Behold, Your Scented Daughters” (2011). Omale Allen Abdul-Jabbar has held significant positions within the literary community, including Chairman, Ex-officio, and Ex-Public Relations Officer of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). He was recently elected as the National Vice Chairman of the Northern Nigerian Writers Summit (NNWS).

Seun Osho is a writer and creative entrepreneur hailing from Abuja, Nigeria. His literary pursuits primarily revolve around poetry and short stories. Additionally, Seun is a stylist, a freelance editor, and serves as the creative director of his own fashion brand. He also leads an online lifestyle project called Underbridge. Recently, Seun relocated to Lagos in search of fresh challenges and a change of scenery from his hometown, Abuja.

Ayo Oyeku is a fellow of Ebedi  International  Writers  Residency. He  made  an  early  mark  in  2004,  when  his  first  chapbook  was selected  by  World  Bank  for  distribution  across  schools  and libraries  in  Nigeria.  Subsequently,  his  poems  have  appeared  in several  anthologies  and  journals,  including  Brittle  Paper, AFREADA,  VINYL,  Kalahari  Review,  The  Sky  is  Our  Earth, According  to  Sources  (Writers  Project  of  Ghana,  2015), Experimental  Writing:  Volume  1,  Africa  vs  Latin  America Anthology.  In  2015,  his  young-adult  novel,  Tears  of  the  Lonely, won  the  Ezenwa  Ohaeto  Prize  for  Fiction,  by  the  Society  of Young  Nigerian  Writers.  In  2016  and  2018,  he  was  a  finalist  of the  prestigious  Golden  Baobab  Prize,  in  the  Early  Chapters category.  In  2019,  he  won  the  Association  of  Nigerian  Authors prize  for  children’s  literature,  for  his  book,  Mafoya  and  the Finish  Line.  In  2021,  he  published  his  eighth  children’s  book, Queen  Moremi  Makes  a  Promise.

Nosakhare Collins (he/him) is a Nigerian poet, writer, publisher, editor, literary critic, documentary photographer, researcher, and tutor. He is a fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency. He was awarded in the 3rd Chinua Achebe Poetry/Essay Prize by The Society of Young Nigerian Writers, and also, he was longlisted for the 2020 Prof. Idris Amali Ekphrastic Poetry Prize by Nasara Creative. His works have appeared in national and international journals as well as in print journals, newspapers and anthologies such as Salmon Creek Journal, Wingless Dreamer Publisher, Odd Magazine, Journal of erato, Openwork Magazine, Libero America Poetry, Rejection Letter Journal, Ebedi Review, The Newcastle Review, New Telegraph, Least Bittern Books, Poetry Festival, Indian Periodical Journal, Writers Space Africa, Antarctica Journal, Litpoint Africa Magazine, Alabama’s Best Emerging Poet Anthology 2019, Best “New” African Poets Anthology 2018, 2019 & 2020, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Africa vs Latin America Anthology 2020, A Collection of poems; For Ikeogu, For Poetry: Anthology of Poems in Honour of Ikeogu Oke, 84 Delicious Bottle of Wine for Wole Soyinka Anthology, InnerChild Press Anthology 2020, Songs For The Weaverbird: An Anthology of Writing and Art in Celebration of Christopher Okigbo, and several others. He is the author of “a pilgrim of songs”, “a song of endless flames”, and most recently “When Ravens Become Flowers”. His upcoming collection of poems titled “a symphony of existential profundity” is forthcoming. His works have been translated to French, Italian, Spanish and others

“A Mouthful of Rivers” will be available for purchase through LIBRETTO Publishers, Libretto Bookstores, and other major bookstores nationwide.

To explore the exceptional literary contributions of Omale Allen Abdul-jabbar, Seun Osho, Ayo Oyeku, and Nosakhare Collins, visit our social media pages. For media inquiries, author interviews, or review copies, kindly contact our Communication/Publicist Department at or call 08130446615. You can also reach out to Libretto Publishers and Bookstores via or WhatsApp at +2348078346790.

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