Akeem Lasisi (Nigeria)

Composer, comedian, teacher, journalist and award-winning poet, Akeem Lasisi is one of the leading lights in contemporary poetry performance in Nigeria and across Africa. With a keen interest in oral literature, and having experienced vivid traditional entertainment while growing up in Ibadan, his home town in South-West Nigeria, he had no problem translating his poetic talent into an entertaining product acceptable locally and internationally. 

In 2000, he won the Association of Nigerian Authors/Cadbury Poetry Prize with his first collection of poems, Iremoje: Ritual Poetry for Ken Saro-Wiwa. Five years later, his Night of my Flight won him the prize again. Lasisi is also the author of several other books that include Ekun Iyawo (The Bride’s Chant), Right Option English, a grammar book; and Goodness and Messy, a collection of jokes. Currently the Art Editor of The PUNCH, Nigeria’s largest-circulating daily newspaper, Lasisi has produced five poetry albums and nine poetry videos. These include Post Mortem, Ori Agbe (For Wole Soyinka), Wonderland, Eleleture, Udeme, Ekun Iyawo and Promise Kept

He has performed at many programmes, including those organised by the Ford Foundation, the British Council, French Cultural Centre, Goethe-Institut, Globacom, MTN, GTBank, the Association of Nigerian Authors, the National Gallery of Arts, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation, University of Lagos, Poetry Africa in South Africa and Afrivenir, Germany.

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