The 21st of March is known around the world to be the celebration of the World Poetry Day. In celebration of this day, Mr. Folu Agoi, the President of PEN Nigeria speaks to WAP’s Poetic Vibes Author, Favour Ebubechukwu, about the financial realities of poets in Nigeria and the World at large.
Mr. Folu Agoi is the president of the Nigerian Centre of PEN International (aka PEN Nigeria), erstwhile Chairman of Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Lagos Branch (March 13, 2004 – October 13, 2007). He is the winner of BBC Poetry Competition (2001) and has won several other awards – including Prof Wole Soyinka Award for Literature (2007), Mother Drum Golden Award for Excellence (2012), The Tutuola Palm for Poetry award (by The Delta Book Club; July 23, 2019), and SWANA 2020 Poetry Competition (Nov 7, 2020; SWANA: Southwest Association of Nigerian Authors), is a creative (and academic) writer, poet, critic, literary activist, book editor, publisher and teacher. Currently of the Department of English, Lagos State University of Education (LASUED). He has attended conferences and performed his poetry in several towns, cities and countries across the world. He is the author of Towards Effective Use of English – A Grammar of Modern English (1999; revised in 2003 and 2006), his other published works include:
- I Know the Smell of My Lover’s Skin – A Spring of Lyrics Powered by Love (poetry, 2017).
- Service to Fatherland (poetry, 2013).
- An Offering of Olive – An Anthology of Peace Literature (Ed., 2004).
- More Candid Lyrics – Another Anthology of Lyrical Poetry (poetry, 2001).
- Candid Lyrics – An Anthology of Lyrical Poetry (poetry, 2000).
Below is the PART ONE of the Interview (Part 1)
Interview (Part 2)
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