- Category: PA 2003
Akeem Lasisi, well grounded in Yoruba traditional literature, is well known for his experimentations with oral Yoruba and English poetry. Renowned as a dynamic performer over the last decade, Lasisi has developed a distinctive style of poetry presentation, sometimes spontaneously switching between languages at readings, conventions, social and corporate events. These performances culminated, in 1999, in his production of Post Mortem, an album of poetry.
Lasisi’s first published work, Iremoje: Ritual Poetry for Ken Saro-Wiwa, won the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA/Cadbury) Poetry Prize in 2000, and the second, Wonderland, was runner-up for the same prize in 2001. Iremoje re-enacts the Yoruba old verse that hunters performed in honour of a departed colleague. A research into Ekun Iyawo, the poetry of Yoruba bride’s, carried out by Lasisi, culminated in his publication of Ekun Iyawo: The Bride’s Chant.
This Lagos-based poet holds a Master in Literature from the University of Lagos. After teaching English language and Literature in secondary schools, he gravitated to journalism, working as a proof reader, production sub-editor and arts and features writer. Presently staff writer with TEMPO Magazine, whilst still maintaining his poetry performing outfit, he has been described as a journalist by day and poet by night.