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Ibadan, Nigeria — 4 Comments

  1. W.H. Auden once wrote in a poem:

    You were silly like us; your gift survived it all:
    The parish of rich women, physical decay,
    Yourself. Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.
    Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,
    For poetry makes nothing happen: it survives…

    The assertion that “poetry makes nothing happen” is itself an evidence that poetry could make something happen, for Auden, in writing the poem, raises tremendous consciousness about poetry as an important engine in social discourse. Auden’s poem, ironically, has contributed in changing people’s attitude to literature generally. The 100 Thousand Poets for Change project is a global invitation to a continuation of the conversation on how the poet (as a Maker) can continue to challenge our thinking with ideas on positive change.

    At Ibadan, that city that the Nigerian poet J.P. Clark-Bekederemo in an imagistic poem represents as “a running splash of rust and gold/flung and scattered among seven hills/like a broken china in the sun,” a tribe of very adventurous poets will join the rest of global poetry community to feature performances that address change. It is going to be preceded with a rousing rally, with the iconic poetry of the drums and visualizations. It is going to be a rally of colours and sounds and diverse voices of conversing cultures.

    We hope to show that Ibadan is not just a city but an enduring poem about change!

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