Artmosphere: The Open Mic with the Bards

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Artmosphere, a leading literary, arts and performance parley curated by WriteHouse Collective has consistently provided the needed ambiance for literary, creative and intellectual empowerment in Nigeria.

WriteHouse Collective, the parent social enterprise for the idea, Artmosphere is pleased to announce its October edition. This edition is a special open mic edition which intends to discover new voices, and talents. It will headlined by two NNLG mentions, Iquo Eke, author of Symphony of Beginning and Chijioke Umu-Nnadi, author of Through the Window of the Sandcastle.

Iquo Eke is a prolific performance poet and the youngest Nigerian long-listed for the NNLG prize. Symphony of Beginning is her debut book, and it can gained critical acclaim as charming and insightful.

Chio Amu Nnadi is the author of Through the Window of a Sandcastle. He has twice been recognized as one of Nigeria’s prolific poets. Described as Nigeria’s Dennis Brutus, Umu Nnadi’s poems are profound.

This edition intends to delve into a serious discourse on the future of the Arts in Nigeria. With intellectuals and young minds expressing their expectations of the arts, we hope that we can discover answers to baffling questions that has relegated the arts to the background of social, political and economic importance.

The mic is open to both young and old minds in this edition.

The November edition of Artmosphere, A Special Open Mic Edition will hold on Saturday, November 19, 2013

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan.

Time: 2pm.

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Artmosphere August, 2013 Edition: FRESH STYLES

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The quintessential literature and performance monthly parley, Artmosphere, is out with its August edition. The event curated by WriteHouse Collective, a leading social and creative enterprise is poised to improve the reading culture of the country by creating an enjoyable ambience for literature and sundry creative discourse.

This edition of Artmosphere, tagged “Fresh Styles” is an exploration of the works of relatively new voices and those who have deliberately chosen news styles to communicate to their audience. It will also feature a discourse on the challenges facing the creative industry in Nigeria. In the spirit of the theme, the event will be a deviation from the norm as we will be hosting three authors from different generations to not only share their works but also discuss what informed their literary development as writers.

Fresh Styles will play host to prolific writer, film critic and AMAA Awards Judge, Hyginus Ekwauzi– an author who has delved into the deep waters of poetry, prose, theatre and film exploring the complex exchanges of each genre. We will gain from his wealth of experience concerning the challenges of literature.  The event will also host Reward Nsirim, blogger, public health expert and author of the new collection of satiric short stories, “Fresh Air”. Su’eddie Agema, a poet and beacon of the arts and reading culture campaigns emerging from the north of Nigeria will also be at the event.

The anchors of the event will also be considering issues of the Nigerian narrative and how streamlined narrative styles and themes may have improved or strangled the followership of literature. Are creative writing schools and workshops important? Do they sieve the shaft of a writer’s skill, or merely make him a mirror of some other writer? Can our books be as “down to earth” as our films without losing its message, its strength and its market value?

The 8th edition of Artmosphere, Fresh Styles, has been made possible by literary and intellectual friends who are drawn to the bright prospects of a more enlightened, and prosperous society. Organizations like sankofa, iBridge Hub and IReadHope will also be on ground to provide the event with logistic support.

The August edition of Artmosphere tagged “Fresh Styles” will hold on Saturday, August 17, 2013

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan

Time: 3pm-6pm

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NB: I have been ‘uber-busy’. There are so many things I plan to do on here but other stuff have taken preference nowadays.  I have even been debating on whether its time to wrap up this blog…This is my attempt at an apology lol. I’ll be back, I just don’t know when.

Artmosphere June, 2013 Edition: City Life

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Artmosphere, a leading literary, arts and performance parley curated by WriteHouse Collective has consistently provided the needed ambience for literary, creative and intellectual empowerment in Nigeria.

This edition of Artmosphere, tagged “City Life” x-rays creative narratives that border on life and living in the cities. The city is not the comfort zone for a lot of people; however people struggle every day to make their city spaces a new home. Some associations of native ideals are formed but are tested by capital, commerce and interest. With the stories of our authors as materials for questioning, a wide range of ideas like rural-urban migration, urban culture as opposed to indigenous culture, infrastructure, environmental reactions to changes, and others, will crop up at the event.

The experiences of Africans in diaspora who are thriving in the global cities of the world with the attendant shocks of self-imposed exile will also be considered.

Eghosa Imasuen, author of the highly acclaimed novel, Fine Boys and Unoma Azuah, literary scholar, novelist and winner of the Ama Ata Aidoo Prize, will be reading from their works at the event. Skilled modern poets, Tosin Gbogi and Tolu Oloruntoba, will read from their poetry collections and also engage the audience on the themed discourse.

This 6th edition of Artmosphere marks two years of providing quality service in creativity and culture through the monthly arts parley.  For the parent social enterprise, WriteHouse, it is a celebration and a challenge to do more for those who look up to us for creative direction. WriteHouse Collective will be launching its online literary, culture and politics magazine, Sakonfa at the event.

The weekly magazine will provide the growing Nigerian reader a vista of interesting short stories, enduring poetry works, book, film and travel reviews. It will also regard the impetus of critical views on governance in the country through its guest column.  Submissions for political essays, creative works, photography and reviews should be sent to:  submissions@sakonfa.com.ng.

Artmosphere is organised 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 June edition of Artmosphere tagged “City Life” will hold by 3pm on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan.

GUESTS:

Eghosa Imaseun

Eghosa Imasuen is a writer and medical doctor who was born in Ibadan but currently lives in Benin with his wife and twin sons. The prolific writer is versed in stories that are realistic and profound. He is the author of  To Saint Patrick, an alternate historical narrative (Novel) about the cause and events that may or may not have conspired towards the Nigerian civil war. He latest offering, Fine Boys, is a story of challenging university life and of real modern city existences.

Eghosa has contributed short stories to many international online platforms, like blackbiro.com and thenewgong.com. He has also posited strongly on socio-political issues at the recent TedX-Ife, a platform meant to inspire solutions to problems in immediate and global communities.

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Unoma Azuah is an editor, literary scholar and writer.  She is a literary colossus with awards such as the Hellman/Hammett award, the Urban Spectrum award, the Leonard Trawick award and the Association of Nigerian Authors/NDDC Flora Nwapa award for her debut novel Sky-high Flames. Her most recent award, The Ama Ata Aidoo Prize, was for Edible Bones, a novel purposefully set on the travails of immigrants in the diaspora.

One of Unoma’s projects has been to explore the political disillusionment suffered by Africans due to corrupt government and their subsequent urge to migrate to the west even when they face alienation and homesickness. These themes are the focus of a poetry anthology called “On Broken Wings,” which she recently edited. Some of her affiliations include the International Resource Network (IRN Africa), a research and network group that focus on sexuality issues in Africa of which she is a board member; co-editor: Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology; co-editor “Outliers” a creative writing and scholarly journal about sexual minority issues in Africa; and Poetry editor of Sentinelnigeria.org. She is also the faculty sponsor of the Delta Sigma Tau: English Honours Society at Lane College

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Tosin Gbogi is the author of the volume of poetry—the tongues of a shattered s-k-y (2012).  He will read from this and two forthcoming volumes: “Where Do Secrets Go When They Die?” and “The Emperor Has Spoken and Other Poems”. A former Arts Editor with Kraft Books, Ibadan, Tosin is of the Department of English Studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Tolu Oloruntoba is a physician and poet, and the publisher of Klorofyl Magazine. He is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, Graffiti Paradise.

Artmosphere May, 2013 Edition: Growing Up

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The fifth edition of ARTMOSPHERE, your favourite Music, Literature and Arts parley opens with a deliberate attempt to discuss African identity and realistic approach to progress in Africa. There will also be a detailed predisposition, and juxtapositions to personal and continental experiences of growing up.

WriteHouse Collective will be using this edition of Artmosphere to question evolving and modern African values with consideration to ethics, technological use and education. The foregrounded and fundamental question will be “What are the values and ideals that define our cosmos and what do we do with them in a fast multicultural and constantly changing cross-idealistic world?

Award-winning poet and literary scholar, Peter Akinlabi and novelist Omotunde Omole will read from their latest works and also deliver insightful perspectives and experiences relevant to the central theme. Peter Akinlabi was the very first winner of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October, 2009). This will be followed by panel discussions as well as presentations from traditionally unpublished and emerging voices in Nigerian literature like Yeku James, Biodun Bello and Opeyemi Adeola. There will be music performances to spice the rhythm and jibes of poetry, stories and experiences.

Artmosphere 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 May edition of Artmosphere tagged “Growing Up” will hold from 3pm-6pm on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta Road, off Alalubosa G.R.A., Ibadan.

Guest Performers:

Peter Akinlabi lives and works in Ilorin. He obtained a Bachelor degree in English from University of Ibadan, Ibadan and Masters in English and Literary studies from University of Ilorin. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Sentinel Quarterly, Lit.Mag. of Nigerianstalk.org and Sentinel Nigeria. He was shortlisted for first African Poetry Prize of University of Brunel, UK, and is the winner of Sentinel Quarterly Poetry Competition in 2009.

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Biodun Bello was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Ibadan and later a Master’s degree in Performance Studies at the Institute of African Studies of the same University. He has had diverse work exposures and experiences, having had stints with a private media and sports marketing firm in Lagos as an operations assistant, and later as a liaison officer to a youth and family NGO in Ibadan, and later as instructor at a British school in his country’s Federal Capital where he taught History, Science and later English, subsequently rising to the position of Head of the School’s Literacy Department and then Coordinator of the School’s Literacy Development Programme. A poet and songwriter, Biodun emerged the overall winner of the annual Okigbo Poetry Competition in 2005 at the University of Ibadan, and winning prizes as runner-up at different other times.

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Yeku James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from the University of Ibadan. He is the curator of the online group, MUSE ON FIRE, where he coordinates, criticizes and publishes literary discourses. He served as Literacy Instructor in the Literacy Unit of Tender Years School (British), Abuja, where he was also Coordinator for the Reading Club, as well as a Curriculum Developer. His poetry has been widely published in different media. Yeku is the Author of Comprehensive Grammar (in press). He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.

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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.

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Her passion for ‘women’s rights’ inspires most of her works; her writings have appeared on various online platforms.

If you’re in Ibadan this weekend and/or you haven’t decided on your weekend activity…wouldn’t you rather be with ‘literary heads’?

Artmosphere April, 2013 Edition: Stories We Long to Tell

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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 favourite Music, 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 fledging 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

Guests:

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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.”

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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 http://www.ajalayemi.wordpress.com.

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Oseunfunmi Adegbohun is also persistent blogger at http://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.

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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, http://www.preciousasiam.blogspot.com and http://www.preciousinhiseyes.wordpress.com

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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.

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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 http://www.ayodeleobajeun.blogspot.com.

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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.

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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.

Artmosphere Presents February Edition: Loving Life

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It’s the second edition of Artmosphere, the quintessential music, poetry, performance and arts event in Nigeria. This edition is made possible by WriteHouse Collective; a creative enterprise, culture and arts firm, and Ibridge Hub; a place for people with great ideas to meet, learn and work. It is a creative and collaborative environment where young entrepreneurs and innovators in the city of Ibadan can bring their ideas to reality.

This edition of the monthly Book Culture and Lifestyle event suits the season of love but presents love in a multifaceted and dynamic way. No wonder the February edition is tagged “Loving Life”. The curator, ‘Femi Morgan, notes “Love is the stretch of words, insufficient for describing Life, yet Love brings forth life. Love is not despair, it is giving and forgiving. It is faith and grace; it is pleasant prejudice and subtle worship. Love means different things to different people.”


The February edition of Artmosphere tagged “Loving Life” holds on Saturday, February 16, 2013
Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan.
TIME: 3pm to 6pm

This edition plays host to Tade Ipadeola, renowned poet and winner of the Delphic Laurel in Poetry 2009, an award known as the enigmatic Olympic prize for poets around the world. The event will also feature Servio Gbadamosi, spoken word poet, lyricist and entrepreneur, and Michael Asuzu, spoken word poet from the University of Ibadan, among others.

Kent Oxygen, and Michael Obot, seasoned alternative music acts will also be at “Loving Life” to spice the event with love songs and the nostalgic songs of the oldies.

At “Loving Life”, we will be officially unveiling the electronic versions of Tade Ipadeola’s new literary offering, The Sahara Testament. The collection of poetry will be available and compactable to the Ipad, Nook, Kindle and e-reading public in Nigeria. WriteHouse Collective has acquired the authority to make it available in Nigeria, in order to ensure that Nigerians can purchase the book without any foreign exchange hassles. Ipadeola wrote The Sahara Testament over the space of seven years. During his writing, he challenged his muse by getting acquainted with the culture, arts, life and living of peoples across the Sahara desert. This collection promises to become a definitive work of literature that transcends language and race.  

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Tade Ipadeola, a Nigerian, was born in 1970. He has published two volumes of poetry-A Time of Signs (2000) and The Rain Fardel (2005). He has also published short stories and essays. In 2009, he won the Delphic Laurel in poetry with his poem “Songbird” in Jeju, South Korea. His third volume of poetry, The Sahara Testaments-a sequence of 1000 quatrains on the Sahara is his latest work.
Tade Ipadeola is currently serving as the PEN (Nigeria Centre) President.
Tade lives in Ibadan where he practices law.

Michael Asuzu

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Michael Asuzu is a spoken word poet and student of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ibadan. Michael believes in demystifying and making poetry accessible to a wider audience. He brings his words to life by infusing the foundational elements of pop and hip hop culture into his poetry performances.

Servio Gbadamosi

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Servio Gbadamosi is a spoken word artiste, lyricist and creative entrepreneur. He has earned his corporate experience as Human Resource personnel, Art organizer and as a Social Media executive. He is currently the Managing Partner/Head of Research and Development at WriteHouse Collective. His poems have appeared in different national dailies and in Crossroads, an anthology of poems chosen from across Africa and the diaspora in memory of Christopher Okigbo.  He is the unpublished author of the viral collection, A Tributary in Servitude. He will be performing a medley and some poems from his upcoming collection of love poems. 

Music Acts

Kent Oxygen 
Hassan Kehinde Daniel, Kent Oxygen is an African folk and Jazz artist. He is a lyrically rich, comedic and inspiring songwriter. The graduate of Computer Science and Statistics from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is fecund in the use the acoustic guitar, piano and drums. Kent Oxygen started his career in the 90’s where he rose as music director at his church. 

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Micheal Obot AKA Olumicheal is a song writer and singer. He reaches out to his audience using the soul genre.
Obot is a graduate of Accountancy but he prefers the music counts of the piano. He is currently working on his album, and has already recorded singles such as “Show Me Love”, “Only You Can Make Your Dreams Come True”, “Aiye Ole”, “Eledumare”, and more