★ Artmosphere April, 2013 Edition: Stories We Long to Tell
There are stories we long to tell, but how do we do so? Unless, we put them out there without the fear of falling from grace, without the besmirched air that the tale may give us.
The fourth edition of ARTMOSPHERE, your ffavoriteMusic, Literature and Arts parley will feature two published authors and a long list of traditionally unpublished and emerging voices in Nigerian literature. These writers define what literature is on a personal level, basking in the inspiration that life throws on their muse’s window, they proceed to tell fascinating stories from their own perspective.
WriteHouse will be using this opportunity at “Stories We Long to Share” to discourse the challenges of traditional publishing, the impetus of the new media in literature and the creative experience of our guests. For us at WriteHouse, it is not about all celebrating literary giants, it is also about acknowledging the feats of fledgling writers who are still struggling to assume prominence with the available tools and grace in their hands.
The event is organized by WriteHouse Collective, a creative enterprise, culture and arts firm and supported by Ibridge Hub, a place for people with great ideas to meet, learn and work. This edition is also supported by literary friends across the country.
The April edition of Artmosphere tagged “Stories We Long to Share” will hold on Saturday, April 20, 2013
Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan.
TIME: 3pm to 6pm
Jumoke Verrisimo is the author of ‘I am Memory’ a collection of poems; she has read and performed over the last ten years. She won First Prize, Carlos Idize Ahmad Prize for a first book of Poetry 2009 and the Second Prize, Anthony Agbo Prize for Poetry 2009. Since her first book was published, she has been a guest poet at the Abuja Writer’s Forum, Lagos Books and Arts Festival (LABAF), Ife Poetry Festival, and a participating writer in the Nine Writers, Four cities tour. She again recently participated at the Struga Poetry Nights, Macedonia. Her poems have been published in several magazines across the continent. Verrisimo is a graduate of Literature-in-English from the Lagos State University. The Punch, a widely read Newspaper in Nigeria describes her as “one of those who will change the future of literature in Nigeria.”
Opeyemi Ajala, the Egba born writer is a literary enthusiast, a web developer and a “black sheep billionaire-in-view” in the family. He is a teacher, an itinerant poet and a fiction writer. The graduate of computer science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has a bulk of numerous poetry works. He has also been putting together a fine and humorous tapestry of fiction titled “yet Another Day” a story of a corps member in Lagos, who finds Lagos as a place of learning the hard way. Opeyemi Ajala is a member of the Pulpfaction Book Club, Lagos’ prima book reading culture and lifestyle event. He is also known in youth socio-political circles for his radical views. He blogs at www.ajalayemi.wordpress.com.
Oseunfunmi Adegbohun is also persistent blogger at www.oseunfunmiwordsmith.wordpress.com which he uses as his platform for garnering public readership and response. The eclectic wordsmith has performed his poetry and his “out-of-the-box” collection of short stories “Childhood Naughtiness” at different fora, including concerts, arts exhibitions and comedy shows.
Ooreofeoluwa Adebola Kalejaiye is driven by a strong passion for reading and writing. She has showcased her talents as the editor-in-chief, Pen of the Ready Writer and at the Vessels of Honour Foundation, University of Ibadan. In 2012, she participated in writing competitions like the Spur Magazine Essay Competition and the Abimbola Adelakun Essay Competition. She currently manages two blogs, www.preciousasiam.blogspot.com and www.preciousinhiseyes.wordpress.com
Enigmatic Olumide also known as enigmatic poet stands out as Spoken Word artist, a published author and dramatist. Enigmatic poet focuses on poetry with inspirational and spiritual undertones. His blog ‘The Enigmatic’ was nominated twice at the Nigerian Blog Awards as Best Inspiring Blog and Best Personal Blog in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He has performed at various events such as Word Up, Chill ‘n’ Relax, Celebrity Read Africa, and Theatre at TerraKulture.
Jonah Ayodele Obajeun is a Human Development Strategist and winner of the World Bank Essay Competition in 2008. Rainmaker (as he is popularly called by friends) has been recognized by The Nation Newspaper as the Most Dedicated Youth Writer (2008) and by the Lagos State Government as a conscious youth leader in the recent Champions of Our Time project, a youth development programme supported by the Lagos State Government. He is a versatile poet, essayist and fiction writer. He blogs at www.ayodeleobajeun.blogspot.com.
Opeyemi Adeola is a final year student of English Language at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a lover of the Arts and a worshipper of books. Writing comes to her when painting fails to tell the numerous stories in her head. She was recently assigned the role of a relationship manager at WriteHouse Collective.
Her passion for ‘women’s rights’ inspires most of her works; her writings have appeared on various online platforms.
Olaitan Olaniran is a student of Biochemistry at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. He writes around the themes of love, despair, and writing. He also writes short stories, draws abstracts, and loves singing.