Ola W. Halim, Winner of Wakanda: Rewrite Africa Contest Publishes Homecoming

Ola W. Halim, a teacher of English Language and Literature in Edo State, Nigeria and winner of the 2018 Wakanda: Rewrite Africa contest has published his reflection, HOMECOMING.

In Ishola Abdulwasiu Ayodele, author, 361 Degree's word,

Homecoming is a genrebender, gracefully tiptoeing the line between prose and poetry, and blending fiction and fantasy with finesse. Homecoming is a sojourn into self, beyond the judgement of sight. It is an elevation from the abyss of blurry identities to a zenith of light, mystical light.
Author: Ola W. Halim
Publisher: ACEworld Publishers
Date of Release: 21 July, 2018
No of Pages: 48
File Size: 910kb


This Is Nigeria, What to Expect From the Grey Anthology

The colour is neither black nor white, it’s grey.
In few weeks from now, the anthology, This is Nigeria, will be released, as the publication date is set and work, ongoing. A huge appreciation to our contributors, we are awed by the number and contents of the entries received. It’s quite beyond our expectation as the anthology is set to hit spotlight on ACEworld and other literary platforms, that which hasn't occurred since the days of “In my Father’s house Anthology”. Thank you for bringing this to reality.

Meanwhile, as the involvement of editorial expertise is inevitable in any anthological work, just quite a number of entries will be featured from the sea of submissions received. But we’re ready to tender sincere apologies to writers whose works will be rejected upon publication.

Below are few out of what the anthology has in stock:


Deadline Extended For Anarchi Contest | Submit Now!

After receiving complaints from poets that the time frame given for the submission is insufficient owing to the fact that the contest requires though very short poems but deep critical thinking, we have reached a consensus with the sponsor. This is why we will be extending the deadline for submission till July 31, 2018.
In other words, you have 19 days to write and submit. The winning price is #10,000.
Read guidelines and submit here

Izu Obi With The Mute, A Short Story About The Blessed Christian Therapy

A young boy, thin as rail, walked an empty street. It was dark and gloomy but it was almost dawn. On he walked, one feet in front of the other. For minutes, then hours, all the way into the early dawn.

By now, he left footprints of blood on the asphalt. His feet were scraped raw and bloody. Did I mention he was a boy? Yes, a boy he was.

On and on he walked until alas, he saw the two flashing lights of an approaching car. Two people were in it. A couple by the looks of it. The beam of their car fell upon the sorry sight of the wiry thin boy on the black asphalt. The woman in the car immediately felt compassion for the boy. She told her husband, "We must help that boy. By God we must." And so the husband agreed. He could not go against his wife. His heart and soul. The love of his life. So he stopped the car and they both got out. The woman walked towards the boy and stooped to his level.

"Who are you my dear child?" She asked. No response.

"What are you doing out s…

Editorial: On Vocabulary by Stefn Sylvester | Poemify

This is going to be lengthy. So please, settle down in your favourite position (lie down, sit, stand, squat, hang mid air... whatever suits you),and then, grab a cup of coffee and let's get started.
In today's Vocabulary class, we are going to learn some new literary words to spice up our poetry writing. 
In many writing exercises, whether they be writing a job application, creating a speech, orbusiness writing, you will probably have been told to use everyday words and keep your language simple. That is often very sound advice, and helps keep communication simple and effective. 
In some contexts, though, you may wish to use a less common, more elevated word. This list of words below would largely be used in writing that was intentionally seeking a literary tone. For us, it is a poem. 

Here we go, literary words.
A abode - a home access - an outburst of an emotion adieu - goodbye afar - at a distance apace - quickly argosy - a large merchant ship arrant - utter asunder - into pi…

Editorial: 10 Types Of Poetry by Stefn Sylvester | Poemify

Poetry is literary expression in which language is used in a concentrated blend of sound and imagery to create an emotional response; essentially rhythmic, it is usually metrical and frequently structured in stanzas.

This is to help you get acquainted with the various forms of poetry existent and help broaden your art.

There are more than a hundred types of poetry. I will break them into 10 bits. I'll do this alphabetically. We start with the As. For sake of time, I couldn't give examples of 'all' types listed. But there are few examples given.

1. Abecedarian poem - As the name implies (ABCD), it is a poem having verses beginning with the successive letters of the alphabet. e.g:
After a long stare at shooting stars
Bolade shut his aching eyes
calling on dead gods like a dying priest
dangling from his gallow.
- Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu
Noticed how each line of the above poem begins with the successive letters of the alphabet?

2. Abstract Poetry - Poetry that aims to …

I dare you to meet me one-on-one to present facts of your stewardship to Nigeria - Soyinka tells Obasanjo

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has attacked former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his new book: “Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?: Gani’s Unfinished Business.”
The book was released to the public on Tuesday by Bookcraft and formed the text of Soyinka’s speech at the 10th memorial lecture of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.
In the book, Soyinka told Obasanjo to desist from struggling to restore Nigeria to the path of sanity and moderate rectitude.

He said Obasanjo was “objectively unfitted” for the role.He said:

“…I know that deep inside, there is a soakaway pond of personal insecurity struggling to be drained.

“Beneath every bully, there is a scared product of insecurity and troubled conscience.
“Now, fight your own demons as best as you can, and feel free to flagellate (President Muhammadu) Buhari with all the weapons in your armoury.
“I have only one demand: keep away from movements struggling to restore this nation to the path of sanity and even moderate rectitude.
“End your hijacking pr…

Call For Submission | Anarchi: Preserving The Individual Freedom

The conflict between individualism and societal conformance has been fiercer in recent times. There is disruption to the family structure, increase in clamor for feminism and sexual preferences, popularization of atheism among one-time theists, rebellion against artistic standards, ethnic insurgence and domestic terrorism, redefinition of moral values, glamorization of nudity, proliferation of pornography, celebration of drug addiction, modification of the body, glorification of sexual orgies and beatification of profanity. The list of anarchic disruption of values and social expectation is endless.

In tandem with modern realities, Anarchi is a celebration of breakdown of social hibition and restrictive values imposed on the individual will and freedom to live as one chooses. It is an attack on mores established to keep society from self-destruction.

Anarchi– preserving the individual freedom!
Poets are expected to demonstrate why social mores are destructive to the individua…

Super Eagles Leaves Russia after being knocked out of world cup

Following Tuesday’s exit of the Super Eagles from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, members of the team have been leaving their Essentuki Camp Base in Russia in trickles.

Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that most of the players have left Russia for their respective bases.

“Instead of returning to Nigeria, the Super Eagles players have been returning to their respective bases one after the other, where they have since reunited with their families,’’ he said.

Players who have had their early exit from the camp include team captain Mike Obi, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho, Leon Balogun, Alex Iwobi, Kenneth Omeruo and Tyronne Ebuehi.

Olajire, however, said those remaining in the team’s camp include Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho, John Ogu, Chidozie Awaziem, Oghenekaro Etebo and Simeon Nwankwo.

He told NAN that the duo of Ahmed Musa and Bryan Idowu are staying put in Russ…

Ten Powerful Lines From Toby Abiodun’s ‘The revolution’ That Will Make you Moonwalk On Water Undrowned

We already got a review for this wonderful spoken word from ACEworld’s editor, Adeniran Joseph.
From Adeniran’s words;

I see things from the other side, because Toby’s words are too experimental to define. His dictions are more than source of inspiration to the deafness of our sense. So, when we pick some literary devices that are mainly to check the ills of the society, this piece is a vital instrument for such advancement.
In this piece, I felt the passion of each lines becoming a body. Especially when he said:
“Everyone speak the Language of war!”.
Read also: A Review Of Toby Abiodun’s ‘The Revolution’ by Adeniran Joseph
Below are the ten powerful lines:
You would think murder was fine art, our boys have learnt to draw guns.I have come of age to understand that the promised Messiah is a Revolution.They take maximum salaries and argue minimum wage like it was a market commodity.A hundred banks hold nothing in safe.Change is now a scary word, like Bob Marley’s hair we dread it…

Call For Submission: This is Nigeria Anthology

The fact is, writing, deserves much more accolade than it receives. But this is not the time to place blames. This is the moment when we need to echo our voices together into a thunderstorm and break the world into syllables where stronger, healthier and better words can be coined. And this is what we’re doing. Right here! Right now!

‘This is Nigeria’ is our own way of telling the world we’re not blind even when our voices seem subdued. Our portrait of showing the corrupt leaders, though we are down, we are not out. This is our chance of ringing it to their ears that we are not part of the ruin process, we clamour for a reverse engineering, where all things fall into place, so that one day, we would sit back into our couch & tell our children how we fought in making the world they live in a better place. Nigeria is our own world.
The anthology welcomes Poetry, Prose, Photography, Essay and Artwork. We welcome you, with all of your bliss and pain. The colour is neither …

Top Ten Entrants | Pun Poetry Contest

Here is the compilation of all submissions made by the Top Ten Entrants (In no particular order) of the just concluded Pun Poetry Contest, initiated, organized and hosted by Micheal Ace, Stefn Sylvester and Shodipe Jola Ade.

Poems by David Seventhy-eight phalmist (Overall Winner) Doctor, i’ve been patient for too lung,
languishing like Aids without aid.
My Labour-artries are in vein,
for you murder my pleas and Tea-se, in hurt morgue
you sip them slow for break-fast
and tell me ”lover-boy ur-ine for a piss off”
but i want to make s-miles of your distance,….
Poems by Oluwafemi Israel Oluwashola …Why o why, tell me why that I with my obscure
Eye behold my feathers tatatterd into the sky
O whose tender palm shall be my balm?
to heal these scars of my wounded heart?
Since this path be no balm but knife
I shall someday learn the best way to die.

Poems by McCoy Major Golding Porn ASS two facet,
Two holes of pleasure
And a sturdid LUKEing preek
It is the Third from a CHAPte…