Toluwalope Gbenga Ogunlesi was born in Scotland to Nigerian parents but lived most of his life in Nigeria. He studied pharmacy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He writes poetry and short fiction. His poetry has appeared in The Times Arts Review (Nigeria), The Guardian (Nigeria), and online. His first collection of poetry, Listen to the Geckos Singing from a Balcony, was released in 2003.

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A renowned poet, Tanure Ojaide has won major national and international poetry awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award (1988), twice the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988 and 1997), and also twice the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Prize (1988 and 1994). Ojaide's poetry publications include: Labyrinths of the Delta (Greenfield Center, NY: Greenfield Review Press, 1986), The Eagle's Vision (Detroit: Lotus Press, 1987), The Endless Song (Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1989), The Fate of Vultures (Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1990), The Blood of Peace (Oxford, UK/Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1991), The Daydream of Ants (Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1997), Delta Blues & Home Songs (Ibadan: Kraft, 1998), and Invoking the Warrior Spirit (Ibadan: Heinemann, 1998).

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Siendou A. Konaté is from Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in West Africa. It was there that he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees. As a fulbright fellow to Binghamton University, his area of specialization is on comparative literature, translation theory, and criticism. He came to poetry reading the works of African writers like Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire, Léon Gontran Damas, David Diop, Birago Diop, and Bernard B. Dadié. Most of Siendou’s poems are political though his work is centered on Africa and he is especially interested in Africa’s relation to the world, and with her sons and daughters in Africa and abroad.

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Patrick Iberi sees himself as a lasting legacy of existential poets. He started writing poetry at the age of 13. A young man of few spoken words, his hobbies include reminiscing, reading old magazines and playing scrabble. At 26 he has written over 500 poems but have yet to publish his own collection. Though he is quick to object to the fact that his poems have their promptings from a first degree in Philosophy from the Imo State University, Owerri, this is all too evident in his works. A reflective personality, he also received a Masters in the same discipline. His works have been anothologised in The International Library of Poetry (ILP). More of his poems have been published in several e-journals and poetry magazines.

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Philip Oyok was born on the 17th of June 1978 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He went to Stella Maris college in Port Harcourt. He studied Zoology at the University of Calabar in Cross Rivers State. He is an aspiring writer who has written several volumes of poems and short stories. Recently, he just finished work on his first full-length novel.

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P. E. Adotey Addo is a poet, a storyteller and writer, a folklorist, a theologian, and a biologist. His works have been published by The Daily Graphic, in Accra, Ghana, West Africa; The Ghanaian Times, Accra, Ghana, West Africa; The Scope, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; The Palmetto Leader, Columbia, South Carolina; The Charlotte Poetry Review, Charlotte, North Carolina; The North Carolina Christian Advocate, Greensboro, North Carolina, etc. He has authored one anthology of poems, Talking Drums, 1999, and two collections of folktales, Ghana Folktales, 1968 and How the Spider Became Bald, 1993, and his numerous writings have appeared in several countries and languages. Addo is a retired United Methodist Minister and College Chaplain and now devotes all of his time visiting schools and colleges for readings and talks. He lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Omololá Ijeoma Ògúnyemí is a medical informatics researcher based in Boston, Massachusetts. Growing up in Nigeria, she was captivated by the works of Nwapa, Emecheta, Ba, Ekwensi, Austen, Ulasi, El Sadaawi, Thorpe and other authors of the then ubiquitous Pacesetters series targetted at young Nigerians. She draws her inspiration from the experiences of Nigerians and other Africans in the diaspora, and has run a mailing list for Nigerian and African women's issues since 1994. Her work has appeared in Odidere Orunmila Gazette and the South Boston Literary Gazette.

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