Obari Gomba Hosts an Evening of Poetry

Obari and Friends

Farafina author, Obari Gomba, will be hosting an evening of poetry and mentoring – tagged ‘Obari Gomba and Friends’ – for aspiring poets and poetry lovers in the city of Port Harcourt. The event will feature poetry readings by the author, as well as light refreshments and discussions on creative writing (particularly poetry), getting published and literary prizes.

Date: Sunday, 10 January 2016
Time: 4.30 PM
Venue: Witty E-Cafe, 25 Nnewi Street, Mile I, Port Harcourt

Obari Gomba (PhD) teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Port Harcourt. His poetry collection, Length of Eyes, was listed by the jury of the Nigeria Prize for Literature as one of the best eleven poetry books in 2013. His poetry collection, Thunder Protocol, was published by Farafina Kamsi in 2015.

A Literary Hub and a Book Reading

ImageIn Nigeria, there are many places for lovers of music, wine, and other forms of entertainment to unwind but there is hardly a place for book lovers to socialize or work. Litcaf is that lounge where the music is not deafening and the lights are not dim.

Art lovers in Lagos will love the new literary hub opening this Saturday.

Litcaf, a place of books, discussions, coffee and WiFi, seeks to promote the reading culture and nurture literary talents by giving them the opportunity to work out of or gather at the hub.

The first book cafe, located on the first floor of E-Center (Ozone), Yaba, Lagos will open to the public at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

At the opening ceremony, Victor Ehikhamenor and Emmanuel Iduma will read from their books, alongside other budding writers. There will be musical performances by award wining Jodie, and soul singer Bemyoda. The event will also feature spoken word performance by Obii, winner of the first Naija Poetry Slam.

Farafina books will be on sale at the event. See you there.


Art, Life and Love.

Give Us Some Love – Poetry Competition

Purple Hibiscus

Write us a love poem and stand the chance to WIN Purple Hibiscus!

On Valentine’s Day, we will publish the top five on our blog. A public vote will decide the top three winners of the books. The rules are few and simple:

1)      Your poem must be a sonnet or a villanelle (read up on how to write both poems https://farafinabooks.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/how-to-write-a-sonnet/ and https://farafinabooks.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/the-villanelle-and-you/);

2)      You’re only allowed to enter one poem.

3)       We will stop accepting entries at 12pm, 14 February 2013.

4)      The winners must be able to pick up (or send someone to pick up) their prize in Lagos.

Email your entries to submissions@kachifo.com
The subject of your email should be: Give us some love_2013_Your Name

Happy Writing!!!

To keep track of our e-love blog fest, visit:https://farafinabooks.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/write-me-a-love-letter/


Write Me A Love Letter


For centuries, love has been the subject of many literary works. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day (which is just 10 days away – hope you have your gifts ready), Farafina is bringing you some of our favourite love poems and letters. It will be 10 days of mushiness, and we invite you to join our little e-love fest. If you are looking for a poem to include on your valentines card, something to make him/her feel special, then follow our blog.

Just to give you an idea of what to expect from us:

Day 1: TODAY!!! Today, Farafina is bringing you their editor’s top ten love poems.

Day 2: We teach you how to write a sonnet and provide a few examples, so that you are better able to express your feelings to that special person.

Day 3: Farafina will provide you with some of the greatest (and possibly cheesiest) love lines in history.

Day 4: We will show you how to write a villanelle (another popular love poem form).

Day 5: Our fair readers, do submit your attempt at a sonnet/villanelle. On Valentine’s Day, we will publish the best five entries.

Day 6: Write us a 6-word love story and we will publish the top five on our blog.

Day 7: Farafina editor’s choice of the top ten love stories; and join in our convo about some of the Farafina characters and their love lives.

Day 8: Some Nigerian love poems to get you in the mood…

Day 9: Famous love letters so that you can learn from the greats.

Day 10: We will publish top five love poems and top ten six-word stories. If the writers want, they may supply the names and/or twitter handles of their valentines and Farafina will tweet the poem/story at them (you may remain anonymous if you so wish).

Call for Submissions: Korea-Nigeria Poetry Fiesta 2012

In 2011, the Korea-Nigeria Poetry Fiesta was held for the first time to celebrate the 2011 World Poetry Day. This year, Arojah Concepts, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre of the Republic of Korea embassy, calls on poets to send in entries for the second Korea-Nigeria Poetry Fiesta, which is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, March 21 2012, in commemoration of World Poetry Day.

Interested poets are to send in five poems each, based on the theme “Intangible cultural heritage ties between Korea and Nigeria”, to arojahconcepts@yahoo.com on or before March 10 2012.

“Intangible cultural heritage” means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.

Selected poems will be featured/performed at the World Poetry Day event, the Korean Cultural Centre website and in a proposed cross-cultural anthology. For more information, please call 0818 200 5597.