Iquo DianaAbasi Eke
Iquo is a Writer and Performance poet who renders her words to the accompaniment of Ibibio folklore, sometimes embellished with traditional drums, flute and /or strings.
Her first collection of poems; Symphony of Becoming, was published in 2013 and was shortlisted for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, and the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry prize that same year.
As a Poet, she has performed on various platforms including:
The Big60 Cultural Exchange, Lagos International Poetry Festival, Ake Arts and Book Festival, Wole Soyinka @ 80, The Lagos Black Heritage Festival, The Macmillan Literary night, PLAY Poetry Festival, Word slam, to name a few.
She also finds creative expression in writing scripts for radio and screen.
She is an alumnus of Fidelity Bank’s International Creative Writing Workshop.
In 2013, she was writer in residence at the Ebedi International Writers Residency.
Iquo’s Prose and poetry is rich in imagery and explores depths of experiences encompassing the realities of Social consciousness, Pain, Passion, Womanhood and indeed the trials of the griots of this age. She believes strongly in a continuous struggle for the betterment of her generation and nation.
Her writings have been published in anthologies, magazines and newspapers, and can be found online at Africainwords, Kalahari review, Saraba magazine, ANA Review and Olisa.tv.
Iquo resides in Lagos where she has just completed work on a Novel, as well as a collection of short fiction, and is writing a second volume of poetry.
Mr Opesan is the Executive Director (Academic Affairs) at Meadow Hall. A seasoned Mathematician and Educationist whose passion for learning stems from a natural curiosity and insatiable appetite for new academia.
His first job in education was as a Teacher of Maths. He soon progressed to become Head of Maths and an Assistant Headteacher in London. He returned to Nigeria as the pioneer Principal of Meadow Hall College. In addition to working as an education consultant, Mr Opesan also served as the CEO of AISEN in 2014.
Ola Opesan has had the privilege to share knowledge in several institutions, such as Cambridge University, Greenwich University, Meadow Hall, Oxbridge Tutorial College, Greensprings and Day Waterman College. He is a published author and his most recent book is titled, N101: Nigeria in 101 Headlines, which is a centenary book for Nigeria published in 2015. Also, he is a keen sportsman and the father of two wonderful children – currently at university.
She is a Senior Associate in Nigeria’s leading internationally recognized law firm, “Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun” (www.acas-law.com). She is a legal/regulatory specialist with over 11 years of experience in extensive research and practice in Oil & Gas, Corporate Commercial, Labour, Property and Environmental law sectors. She is a high ranking member of the Energy and Project Finance Group of the Firm.
Donna, since childhood, has had an unwavering love for the arts, winning prizes in literature and fine arts in her secondary school, Atlantic Hall Co-Educational Secondary School. She started writing her thoughts at the young age of 13 and has not stopped since then.
Donna’s style of writing invokes a lot of imagery as she takes her audience on a vocal and imaginative journey through every poem she recites. She is often invited to recite poems written by other artistes who have favoured and enjoyed her creative style of delivery.
Her vision is to deploy words into the conscious self of every human being; cause them to pause, reflect and adjust the decisions they make which impact on their lives and on the lives of the people around them. She believes that change comes within the individual and that if thoughts and decisions are deployed effectively, then the resultant actions would eventually permeate the moral and social fibre of a community and the world at large – one individual, one thought, one decision at a time.
So Be It.
Jeffery Jaiyeola aka Plumbline is a Modern day Renaissance man…Geoscientist, Poet, Songwriter, Political Blogger (rantingsofthetalakawa.blogspot.com, qwertytyrantino.wordpress.com) and Hip Hop Rap/Spoken Word artist.
Plumbline was born in Lagos Nigeria, in his Lagos Island hometown.Growing up, he was influenced by Local Poets like the late Mamman Vatsa and later on caught up with the works of the Late Ken Saro Wiwa.
His defining moment was when he heard Kurtis Blow’s “Basketball” and “If I ruled the World” in the Early/Mid Eighties. Having been on Michael Jackson’s pop and Boney M’s Discotheque, this was to him a paradigm shift. By the time he was in high school, he started writing his own rhymes but did not go into active recording till 2006/2007, the time he concluded his Masters Degree in Applied Geophysics, five years after a first Degree in Geology.
He is a sought out Spoken Word performer at Taruwa, Lydia Sobogun’s Poetry/Open Mic event, and a plethora of other Spoken Word Events. He pioneered a Spoken Word event, Chill and Relax, which still holds on strong in the hearts of Gbagada, Lagos.
He has a forthcoming EP titled TyRantimus, 7 Days WERK, a project written (by Plumbline) and produced (By Kraft) in Seven Days.