#ALitFest19 Guests & Facilitators

Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; translations of Aleš Debeljak’s Anxious Moments and The City and the Child; several edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon; and five books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War.

His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, his journalism appears in many publications, and his awards include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. He has held the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he has conducted cultural diplomacy missions in over thirty countries for the U.S. State Department, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed Merrill to the National Council on the Humanities.

Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh is the author of ten books of poetry, including Army Cats, winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Space Walk which won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award. In addition, Far Side of the Earth won an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Dreamhouse was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and The Chain was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. Station Zed was published in 2015 and includes his long poem about Iraq, “Homage to Basho,” a version of which received Poetry Magazine’s Editors Prize. In 2018 a book of prose collecting his essays on refugees in the Middle East and Africa, The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing In An Age Of Refugees, is being published simultaneously by Graywolf Press as a companion piece to House of Fact, House of Ruin, his latest book of poems. He has also published a previous book of essays, Interview With a Ghost, and a translation of Euripides’ Herakles. Widely anthologized, his poems and prose appear in The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Yale Review, Threepenny, The Village Voice, and other literary magazines, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry, The Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Anthology. He has received the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America, a Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, a Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, an Individual Writer’s Award from the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fund, a Guggenheim grant, and two National Endowment for the Arts grants, among many others.

He is a Distinguished Professor in the MFA Program at Hunter College and lives in Brooklyn. During the last decade, he has also worked as a journalist in Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Kenya, Iraq, and Libya.

January Gill O’Neil

January Gill O’Neil

January Gill O’Neil earned her BA at Old Dominion University and her MFA from New York University. She is the author of three poetry collections: Underlife (2009); Misery Islands (2014), which won a Paterson Award for Literary Excellence and the MassBooks Poetry Award from the Massachusetts Center for the Book; and Rewilding, all from CavanKerry Press. O’Neil is a Cave Canem fellow.
The executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, O’Neil is a board member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and poetry co-editor of the journal Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Salem State University and lives in Beverly, Massachusetts, with her two children.

Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter (Henry Holt) and a work of creative nonfiction, Searching for Zion (Grove/Atlantic), named a best book of 2013 by The Huffington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle, a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and winner of a 2014 American Book Award. Her fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, The Guardian, Guernica, VQR, The Believer, Salon, and elsewhere. Honors include a Pushcart Prize, The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. An avid world traveler, Raboteau resides in New York City and teaches creative writing in Harlem at City College, once known as “the poor man’s Harvard.”

Eghosa Imasuen

Eghosa Imasuen

Eghosa Imasuen is a Nigerian writer and medical doctor. He is the author of two novels: To Saint Patrick (a book that tells an alternative history of Nigerian) and Fine Boys (chronicling cultism in one of Nigeria’s universities). He lives in Lagos, Nigeria, and is the publisher of Narrative Landscape Press.

Toni Kan

Toni Kan

Toni Kan is a writer, editor, public relations senior management executive, and teacher. He is author of the collection of short stories, Nights of a Creaking Bed, noted for exploring themes on African sexuality. He was the winner of the NDDC/Ken Saro Wiwa literature prize, awarded by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), in 2009.

Chris Ngwodo

Chris Ngwodo

Chris Ngwodo is an author, consultant, analyst and public speaker with a passion for Nigeria, youth, conflict, security and socio-political issues. A regular radio and TV pundit, he is also a frequent op-ed contributor to various national newspapers and to various online forums. He is also active in civil society where he has collaborated on initiatives on deepening democratic values and enhancing civic participation in society. He has several books to his name. Among which are: Revolution by Other Means and Fate of the Union.

Olusegun Adeniyi

Olusegun Adeniyi

Olusegun Adeniyi is a journalist, current chair of the editorial board of This Day newspapers and a former presidential spokesman for the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He is the author of the numerous books, some of which include: The Last 100 Days of Abacha, Power, Politics and Death: A front-row account of Nigeria under the late President Yar’Adua, Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was Defeated in Nigeria, From Frying Pan to Fire.

Saratu Abiola

Saratu Abiola

Saratu Abiola is a writer and columnist on The Guardian Nigeria. She works in civil society focusing on gender, youth, agriculture and regional development. Her interests include: governance, media, literature and socio-political issues.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is an award winning creative writer and journalist. His novel Season of Crimson Blossoms received the NLNG Prize for Literature in 2016. His debut short-story collection The Whispering Trees was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. He has won several awards for his work in journalism, the most recent being the Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, awarded by the International Centre for Journalists, for his report “All That Was Familiar”.

Richard Ali

Richard Ali

Richard Ali is a writer, lawyer, and co-founder of Parrésia Publishers. He was Editor-In-Chief of Sentinel Nigeria, a quarterly e-zine, for 14 issues from 2008 to 2013. At the 2011 international convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors, he was elected Publicity Secretary (North) and served for two two-year terms.His poetry and short stories have been published widely, including in Jalada, Enkare Review, Saraba Magazine and Okike Journal. He was runner-up in the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition. He also served as Editor of ANA Review, journal of the Association of Nigerian Authors, from 2013 to 2016.

Tunde Leye

Tunde Leye

Tunde Leye is the (non-award winning) author of two novels, Golden Sands and Guardians of the Seal. He has also published an illustrated children’s book, The Rat Race. He blogged at www.tlsplace.wordpress.com for 3 years during which he wrote seven series including the wildly popular Finding Hubby and two novellas; Yobachi, based on the early life of Nigerian novelist, Buchi Emecheta and The Ahosi, based on the lives of Dahomey Ahosi. He is a strong believer in the need to tell the history of his people in stories that will resonate and be remembered. He lives and writes in Lagos, Nigeria.

Chika Oduah

Chika Oduah

Chika Oduah is a Nigerian-American journalist who works as a television news producer, writer, photographer and correspondent. Known for her unique human-focused ethnographic reporting style with an anthropological approach, she was awarded a CNN Multichoice African Journalist Award in 2016. Upon the abduction of 276 schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Chibok, North-eastern Nigeria, she was among the first international journalists to visit the town. Her thorough and exclusive coverage of the event won her the Trust Women “Journalist of The Year Award” from the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2014.

Daisy Odey

Daisy Odey

Daisy Odey writes from Jos, Nigeria. Her chapbook Fragments in a closet (Akhasic books, 2019) was selected by Kwame Dawes and published in the APBF new generation African poets chap book box set (2019). Her poems have appeared in the Ake review (3rd edition), the Kalahari Review, Enkare review, Saraba (Issue 22), Praxis Magazine International Women’s Day Anthology 2017 and other publications. She was a guest at the 2018 Lagos international poetry festival 2018, KADINVEST summit 2018 and others. She is also the co-founder of Custodians of African Literature COALNG and the Team Lead of JustCreate formally Jos Poetry Slam.

Ummi Bukar

Ummi Bukar

Ummi Bukar is a gender rights activist who specializes in media for development, she strongly believes in providing a platform for direct voices especially for the underrepresented in the society. A member of the Women’s Leadership Institute on Peace and security, she has a background in Mass Communication and a Masters in Development Communication, from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

Ummi is the founder and Managing Director of PAGED Initiative [Participatory Communication for Gender Development] an NGO that specializes in using media for advocacy and providing a platform to the under-represented in the society. Ummi directed PAGED initiative’s participatory research and film project UPROOTED which is currently being screened as an advocacy and education tool in Nigeria. She has worked on several media for development projects and assisted in several films produced by MIND Nigeria. She currently serves on the board of three Nigerian NGO’s.

Logan February

Logan February

Logan February is a Nigerian poet and the Associate Director of Winter Tangerine’s Dovesong Labs. He and his work have been featured in The Guardian Life, Lambda Literary, Washington Square Review, Africa In Dialogue, The Southeast Review, and more. He is the author of In The Nude (Ouida Poetry, 2019) and two chapbooks.

Tolu Daniel

Tolu Daniel

Tolu Daniel is a writer and editor. His essays and short stories have appeared on Catapult.co, Barren Magazine, The Nasiona Magazine, The Wagon Magazine, Prachya Review, Elsewhere Literary Journal, Expound Magazine, Bakwa Magazine, Saraba Magazine, Panorama Journal, TSSF Journal, Scarlet Leaf Review, Arts & Africa and a few other places. His essay “My Mother Is A Country” was longlisted for the 2018 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction. His essay “The Man Who Fought Boko Haram” was selected as one of the Notable Creative Non-Fiction pieces of 2018 at the Annual Brittlepaper African Literary Digest. He currently holds editorial positions with Afridiaspora, The Single Story Foundation Journal and Panorama Journal.

Nwachukwu Egbunike

Nwachukwu Egbunike

Nwachukwu Egbunike is a writer, publisher, Social Media researcher. He is the author of Hashtags: Social Media, Politics, and Ethnicity in Nigeria. He is a writer and Community Manager for global voices Sub-Saharan Africa.

Comfort Booth

Comfort Booth

Comfort Booth is a lawyer with a natural flair for administration offering 12 years’ experience from working with the FCTA and 3 years in the philanthropy space as a Communications specialist. She is a columnist, Public Affairs Analyst, blogger and budding Mistress of Ceremony.

Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a spoken word artist and the author of two books: The Driver (collection of short stories) and My Sister the Serial Killer (novel). She was the winner of the LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller in 2019. In 2014, she was shortlisted as one of the top ten spoken word artists in the Eko Poetry Slam. She was nominated in 2016 for the Commonwealth Short Story prize. She was also shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in this year.

Odafe Atogun

Odafe Atogun

Odafe Atogun is a Nigerian writer. His debut novel, Taduno’s Song, was selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, and he has been compared favourably to Franz Kafka and George Orwell in critical reviews. Following his two-book deal with Canongate, Penguin Random House and Arche Verlag, Atogun’s second novel, Wake Me When I’m Gone, was published in 2017. His work has been translated into several languages.

Dr. Andrea Grieder

Dr. Andrea Grieder

Dr. Andrea Grieder is a poet and social anthropologist. She is the founder and director of transpoesis, an organization based in Rwanda with the aim to empower through Poetry. Transpoesis organizes poetry trainings and performances, produces poetic videos and runs the three monthly poetry competition Kigali vibrates with Poetry. The activities are guided by the vision that poetry is a healer and powerful source of transformation, a way of being.
Over the last 6 months, transpoesis has been running the Poetry Program Voices up! – Training poetry in different Refugee Camps in Rwanda and brining on stage the Poetic Performance Voices from the Refugee Camps. The Performances tells the stories and experiences from the Camps, questions perceptions and stereotypes on Refugeeness.
Originally from Switzerland, she has a PhD from the University of Zurich and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. She is currently the Arts Manager of British Council, Rwanda and a lecturer at the University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB), Rwanda. With Ignace Haaz and Obiora Ike, she has published Poetry and Ethics. Inventing Possibilities in Which We Are Moved to Action and How We Live Together (2018), Globethics.

Rafeeat Aliyu

Rafeeat Aliyu

Rafeeat Aliyu is a writer and documentary filmmaker. Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, Nightmare, Expound and Omenana magazines, as well as Queer Africa 2 and the AfroSF Anthology of African Science Fiction anthology. Rafeeat is a Clarion West Graduate (2018). You can learn more about her on her website rafeeataliyu.com.

Aishat Abiri

Aishat Abiri

Aishat Abiri is a writer and story developer with a passion for issues concerning gender, society and mental health. Her short stories have featured in Afreada, Saraba Magazine and the Aké Review. Her screenplays include MTV Shuga, Tinsel and In Love and Ashes; and stage plays for Afi and other volunteer projects. She lives in Abuja and is a Farafina 2016 alumnus.

T.J. Benson

T.J. Benson

T.J. Benson is a writer and creative photographer whose work has appeared in online journals like Jalada Africa, Expound, and Bakwa Magazine. In print magazines like Transition Magazine and more recently, Saraba’s ‘Transitions’ Issue. His chapbook of photography ‘Rituals’ was published as a downloadable PDF on Sankofa Magazine in 2015. His short story ‘An Abundance of Yellow Paper,’ was a joint winner of the AMAB-HBF contest in 2016 and this collection shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Prize. He is the first runner-up for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize themed ‘Migration.’ He is a two-time Writer-In-Residence at the Ebedi Residency Nigeria He currently resides in Abuja, where he makes images when he is not writing and cooks to calm his nerves from time to time. His first book, We Won’t Fade into Darkness was published by Parresia Publishers in 2018.

Chuma Nwokolo

Chuma Nwokolo

Chuma Nwokolo is a lawyer, writer and publisher. He worked for the Legal Aid Council and was managing partner of the C&G Chambers and practised mainly in Lagos Nigeria. He was also writer-in-residence at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He is publisher of the literary magazine African Writing. Chuma Nwokolo is a founder of the BribeCode, a nationwide campaign to eradicate corporate corruption by adopting the bill the Corporate Corruption Act, which he devised and presented to the National Assembly in 2015.

He has published 10 books including novels, collections of short stories and collections of poems. Some of them are: The Extortionist (1983) Diaries of a Dead African(2003) One More Tale for the Road (novelised anthology, 2003), The Ghost of Sani Abacha (2012), How to Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories Vol 1 &2 (short stories,2013), The Final Testament of a Minor God (poetry, 2014), The Extinction of Menai (novel, 2018). His short stories and poetry have been published in the London Review of Books,La Internazionale, AGNI, MTLS, Arzenal, and Sentinel, among places. Chuma Nwokolo is a highly itinerant writer and travels the extensively across the African Continent to deliver lectures on African writing and culture.

Bash Amuneni

Bash Amuneni

Bash Amuneni is one of Nigeria’s foremost performance poets. His known for poetry laced in folklore, intimacy and the human condition. He has performed poetry at various platforms around the country- from the Nigerian Youth Summit, 2016, to Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigns in Abuja, and the Lagos International Poetry Festival 2016. In 2015, he was one of the poets invited to the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari. That same year, he was a speaker at TEDx Garki. In August, 2017- Bash Amuneni was awarded by Abuja Literary Society for his sustained work in the Development of Literary/Arts Programmes in Nigeria. In December 2017, he was a guest performance poet at Human Rights Day at The European Union, Abuja where he performed his poem Freedom Speaks. He is the author of the collection of poems, There is a Lunatic in Every Town, and a poetry album titled Freedom. He is also a Banker.

Kamri Apollo

Kamri Apollo

Kamri Apollo is a presenter, communications strategist, social builder, and the host of Frankly Speaking on WE FM Abuja.

Patricia Mong

Patricia Mong

Patricia Mong is a presenter and Electrical Engineer with seven years’ experience in the power sector. Patricia has worked with six of the eleven distribution companies in Nigeria, supporting them in in tariff negotiations, tariff modelling, incentive regulation, the development of business plans, network modelling, loss reduction and the provision of energy demand studies. She has detailed expertise in the regulatory, economic and technical aspects of utility businesses. She has acted as the Regulatory Manager embedded within Enugu Electricity Distribution Company since early 2017.

Editi Effiong

Editi Effiong

Editi Effiong is the founding CEO of Anakle (www.anakle.com), a leading digital agency in Lagos, Nigeria. His work has included the design, development, and distribution of some of Nigeria’s most successful digital products and applications. He also writes on technology, design, education and business leadership. He is also a film producer, with Up North being his most recent notable film.

Nadine Ibrahim

Nadine Ibrahim

Nadine Ibrahim is a filmmaker, director, and the founder of Naila Media, a Multi-media company based in Nigeria, which is involved in the production of Film, Documentary, Advertising and Corporate videos. She was also the 2018 winner of The Future Awards for Screen Producer. Tolu and Through Her Eyes are two of her notable films.

Ope Adedeji

Ope Adedeji

Ope Adedeji is a lawyer, editor, and writer who dreams about bridging the gender equality gap and destroying patriarchy. Her work has appeared on Arts and Africa, Afreada, and Catapult. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and is an Artist Managers and Literary Activists fellow. She is also an alumni of the 2018 Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop. She currently works at Ouida Books, where she is the Managing Editor.

Dorothy Njemanze

Dorothy Njemanze

Dorothy Njemanze is an Actress , Social Crusader , Entrepreneur , Motivational Speaker /emcee, Humanitarian and Founder of Dorothy Njemanze Foundation.

Hajo Isa

Hajo Isa

Hajo Isa is a Lawyer, poet, photographer and Soap maker. She is a member of the Abuja Literary Society. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Shadow Fall and Dancing Tongues. She has also published some of her works on Brittlepaper, Kalahari Review, and other literary journals.

Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

Kukogho Iruesiri Samson is the Founder/CEO of Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers Ltd – an educational and publishing firm. A multimedia journalist and youth mentor known for his work with young Nigerian writers and the promotion of Nigerian writing, KIS (as he is popularly called) has authored four books: What Can Words Do (2013), I Said These Words (2015), Words Of Eros (2017) and We Who Sowed Hurt and Beaded Pains (2017). He is the 2018 winner of the just concluded Dusty Manuscript Prize contest, an initiative of Guaranty Trust Bank PLC supported by Farafina Books and Okadabooks.

Ulonna Inyama

Ulonna Inyama

Ulonna Inyama is a literary enthusiast, editor and content creator. She has had a career spanning 11 years in the higher education regulation sector of Nigeria. She is a host of the Abuja Literary Society’s Open Mic.

Musa Ikhilor

Musa Ikhilor

Musa Ikhilor is a lawyer, writer, public policy analyst, and host of the Abuja Literary Society’s Book Club. He has spoken on different platforms about governance, literature and books.

Tope Sadiq

Tope Sadiq

Tope Sadiq is a compere, poet, composer, actor, tv/radio host and spoken word artist. He is the founder Freedom Hall Nigeria (www.freedomhall.com.ng). He is a TED fellow and has spokenboth at TEDx Victoria Island 2012 as well as TEDx Lagos 2013.

Ayodele Olofintuade

Ayodele Olofintuade

Ayodele Olofintuade made her debut as an author with the publication of a children’s book titled ‘Eno’s Story’, which was shortlisted for the 2011 NLNG Prize for Literature. She is the CEO of 9jafeminista and Fellow, Female Reporters Leadership Programme. Her other books include: King of the Heap, King of the Heap Learns to Read, Children of the Rainbow, Adunni: The Beautiful Ones Have Not Yet Died, and most recently, Lakiriboto Chronicles: A Brief History of Badly Behaved Women.

Eketi Edima Ette

Eketi Edima Ette

Eketi Edima Ette is a writer, editor, digital media manager and founder of Kedima Consults. A creator of two successful online courses on creative writing and business communications, she speaks and does trainings on creative writing, digital content creation and women entrepreneurship.

Othuke Ominiabohs

Othuke Ominiabohs

Othuke Ominiabohs is a writer, poet, playwright and editor. He was a finalist in Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature (2014). He is the author of prose works: Odufa, and A Conspiracy of Ravens.

Maryam Laushi

Maryam Laushi

Maryam Laushi is a communications specialist and as an activist, she has been one of the most vocal voices raising awareness on gender equality, social justice and youth inclusion in politics. This, she has done through writing, projects on advocacy for women and as a pioneer member and one of the leaders of the Not Too Young To Run movement.

Her principled activism has generated debate & dialogue about numerous social issues and has attracted national attention. She volunteers for the non-profit, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) and other causes. Maryam holds degrees in Communications, Advertising and Marketing. In 2017, she emerged successful as one of the awardees of the SME100 Nigeria’s 25 under 25 award for Active Citizenry and received the Under30s CEO award for politics and governance in 2018. In 2019, she was selected as a fellow of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

Prof. Aliyu Kamal

Prof. Aliyu Kamal

Prof. Aliyu Kamal is a novelist and academic with specialised focus on Applied Linguistics in the area of writing, reading and grammar teaching. Aside teaching at Bayero University, Kano, he has authored 12 novels and translated seven of them into Hausa. Kamal in a seminal paper, championed the theory of the Islamic novel and is going as far as creating an imprint for the genre. Some of his books include: Hausa Boy, Hausaland, Silence and a Smile, The Blaming Soul, Fire in My Backyard, Portrait of a Patron, A Possible World, Hausa Girl, Computer Shutdown, Women Without Borders, among many others.

Tobi Eyinade

Tobi Eyinade

Tobi Eyinade is a writer, co-founder, and current COO of Roving Heights, an online book distribution company based in Nigeria. She is interested and driven by the need to make reading books fashionable in Nigeria again.

Chimeka Garricks

Chimeka Garricks

Chimeka Garricks is a lawyer and writer. He is the author of the novel, Tomorrow Died Yesterday, captures the effect of oil drilling/spillage in the Niger Delta.

The Isomers

The Isomers

The Isomers is a Nigerian indie-folk band with a unique sound born out of a special blend of talent, passion and creativity. Their music is a healthy dose of guitars and subtle nuances that creep up on you but leave every listener thoroughly entertained. With no one song sounding like the last, their simple, yet message-driven music has attracted a growing, enthusiastic audience in Nigeria.

Formed in 2012, The Isomers comprises Oluwaseun Daniel (lead vocalist), Isaac Isumanu (Vocalist, Acoustic Guitar), Motietru (electric guitar), and Monlee Mane (Vocalist, Percussions), Samuel Udoh (Piano) and Emmanuel (Drums). With a self-titled EP released in 2015, the band released its debut album ‘Reac+ion’ in 2018. The album is an impressive body of work that is both timely and set to push boundaries of alternative and rock genre in Nigeria and beyond.

In January 2019 the band was featured in an article by Edwin Okolo for the New York Times. In 2019, the band released the ‘Chariots’ single.

Oyedapo “Dapo” Olorunyomi

Oyedapo “Dapo” Olorunyomi

Oyedapo “Dapo” Olorunyomi, is a journalist. He is publisher/editor-in-chief of Premium Times. He was policy director and chief of staff to the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Osasu Igbinedion

Osasu Igbinedion

Osasu Igbinedion is a Nigerian journalist and TV show host. She is the host of The Osasu Show, a syndicated TV show focused on development, business, and politics in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Bukky Shonibare

Bukky Shonibare

Bukky Shonibare is the CEO of 555 Consulting Limited, and the Founder of The Light Family Empowerment Foundation, under which she coordinates ‘Adopt-A-Camp’ and ‘Girl Child Africa’ – assisting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and promoting girls’ and women’s rights, respectively. She is also the co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls(BBOG) campaign.

Bem Pever

Bem Pever

Bem Pever is a committed creative film and TV producer with credit covering drama, documentaries and commercials.He produced the largely successful film, 4th Republic, which will be screening on our festival.

Abiodun Essiet

Abiodun Essiet

Abiodun Essiet is a nurse, gender activist and community development worker. She is also the Executive Director, Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls – an organisation committed to promoting girl-child education, Director of women, gender and development affairs of Africa Youth Union Commission Nigeria as well as the speaker of canvassity PAN AFRICAN YOUTH DEMOCRACY FELLOWSHIP 2018. She was also appointed Head of State for Nigeria in Model ECOWAS Summit 2018. In 2019, ran under the platform of the APC for councillorship under a newly created ward here in the FCT.

Eugene Yakubu

Eugene Yakubu

Eugene Yakubu holds BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a book reviewer at Words Rhymes and Rhythm Publishers and Sevhage Publishers. He writes literary essays and creative nonfiction on gender, human rights and non-normative identities. He believes stories and literature can make the world a sane and tolerable place. His nonfiction stories have been shortlisted for Gerald Kraak Prize and Writivism Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction.

Momah Chudy Ifeanyi

Momah Chudy Ifeanyi

Momah Chudy Ifeanyi is a Nigerian politician and the youngest candidate who contested in 2019 for to represent Ihial constituency at the Federal House of Representatives under the banner of APGA. He is one of the examples of young people vying for political office in recent times.

Jennifer Dafwat

Jennifer Dafwat

Jennifer Dafwat is an MC, actress, editor, production assistant, script writer, and spoken word poet. She is also the TV host and assistant producer of One Cubed Naija – a gospel music TV program.

Dr. Inya J. Ode

Dr. Inya J. Ode

Dr. Inya J. Ode is a trained veterinarian by profession and a broadcaster by passion. Her journey into broadcast journalism began in 2010 and 2 years later, she moved to 95.1 Nigeria Info Abuja as part of the pioneer team that started the first talk station in Abuja. Inya is known for her passionate advocation for quality healthcare.

Yop Rwang Pam

Yop Rwang Pam

Yop Rwang Pam is a Program Associate in Reboot’s West Africa office, she provides guidance and support to Reboot’s media development program. A radio expert and broadcast journalist, she lends insight and context to our research and implementation projects, helping to build healthy information ecosystems in Nigeria, West Africa, and beyond. An experienced broadcast journalist with over 20 years of experience, Yop has trained and managed dozens of on air presenters across Nigeria.

As a pioneer staff member at Nigeria Info FM, Yop was responsible for designing and producing programs that helped shape the format of the first talk station in Nigeria. She has developed and anchored numerous award-winning radio programs on topics including education, civic engagement, children’s rights, and women’s empowerment.