Dami Ajayi’s Clinical Blues shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka’s prize for literature

Dami Ajayi’s collection of poems, Clinical Blues has been shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka prize for literature. The poet Dami Ajayi took to his facebook page to share his surprise.

Below is an extract of the post:

Writer’s Bio

Dami Ajayi is a Nigerian poet. He studied medicine at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is also the author of A Woman’s Body is a Country

Top 20 Nigerian songs of all time

20: Banky W- ‘Strong thing’

Without the Nigerian elements in this song, it has international quality. The flute alone…

19: Davido – ‘Fall’

Incorporating highlife sound actually made everybody ‘fall’.

18: Sasha – ‘Adara’

Remind me why this isn’t one of the best rap delivery by a Nigerian female Mc?.

17: Jodie – ‘Kuchi Kuchi’

This song might be random, but there’s a reason why it quickly went viral shortly after its release, despite being her debut song. Well, because it’s good.

16: Waje – ‘I wish’

Her vocals were great. The reggae vibes even made it better.

15: General Pype – ‘Champion’

I love the uplifting lyrics, but the backing brigade band was unusual and inventive.

14: MI – ‘Safe’

He raised the bar notches higher in mc-ing. Listen again.

13: Paul Play Dairo – ‘Forever’ (R&b classic).

12: Psquare – ‘Roll it’

Not like we had too many naija pop songs to break dance to. Lol!.

11: Simi – ‘Love don’t care’

What do you think? Very different from what we’re used to. The harmony at the end kills me. Lol!.

10: Ojb – ‘Beautiful as you are’

This song solidifies his r&b veteran status. Closely followed by “searching”.

9: D’jinee – ‘Ego’

That baritone voice… Perfect.

8: Omawumi – ‘In the music’

The South African sound employed in this song was epic.

7: Timi Dakolo – ‘The Vow’

Meaningful lyrics, the choir, the overall composition – perfection.

6: Kel – ‘Too fine’ feat Alaye & May’d

Best musical threesome yet. Why? Cos the way all 3 different solo styles complemented each other was so dynamic.

5: Sound Sultan – ‘Mathematics’

On this joint, there’s a bit of Maths, there are take home lessons, and fun too.

4: Ty Bello – ‘Greenland’

The lyrics to Greenland is anthemic.

3: Dare Art Alade – ‘Not the girl’

Good singing without many instrumental accompaniment, but just piano chords, is tough. But he did a neat job.

2: Patoranking – ‘Left For Good’ feat. Waje

An unlikely pairing, but surprisingly, they made magic together.

1: Asa – ‘Eye Adaba’

Her raspy vocals goes right through your soul on this song.

Writer’s Bio

Bismark Ekenedilichukwu Benson is graduate of Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Imo State University. He is the author of “The Life of a Lagos Whore” and “Campus Affairs”.
Look out for more of his thoughts at https://bismarkscave.wordpress.com

Femi Morgan’s Review of Nnaemeka Oruh’s In Memoriam of a Modest Shame

Nnaemeka Oruh’s work is awesome poetry. His collection does not try to impress with high-faluting words and forceful imageries. In the stead of forceful verses, Nnaemeka uses satire, employs relatable and historically relevant imageries, starts a conversation with sarcasm and satire. Opening up fresh perspectives without forcing the interpretations on the reader. A bold voice calling Okot P’ Bitek and 2Pac Shakur once in a while, without forgetting that this is the age of ‘shaku shaku’.

In Rasaq Malik Gbolahan’s review of the book, I came to realise the reiteration of the limitations of the first published work. Nevertheless, a writer must boldly open him or herself for the step of contributing his voice to social and creative discourse with a personal signature. This can only be done by venturing into the space of the pantheons by publishing, improving oneself for the next collection, the book of short stories, the novel, the documentary.

This is why I welcome critics, they open new vistas of ideas to the writer and creative, they force the writer to improve and with the knowing that someone critical is looking over your shoulders to praise, lampoon, or disgrace your craft, you become far more prepared, and conscious of your craft.

#InMemoriamofaModestShame #Poetry #NewVoice #Writer #BaronsCafe

Writer’s Bio

Femi Morgan is a publisher at Baron’s Cafe