Tope Omoniyi

SKY AUGUST 28, 2010

Professor Tope Omoniyi is the Chair of Sociolinguistics in the Department of Media, Culture and Language, Roehampton University, in London. He is an accomplished scholar with numerous academic publications in sociolinguistics to his name. He is also a poet and the author of Farting Presidents & Other Poems (Kraft Books, 2001). His poems have also appeared in journals in Nigeria (ANA Review), Singapore (AWARE), Malaysia (Tenggara & The Gombak Review), USA (Quill Books and Anthropology & Humanism), UK (The Unruly Sun), seven Forward Press anthologies, and in Sweden (Nordic African Institute Newsletter), and African Writing On-line. In 1985, he won a runner-up prize in the National Anti-Apartheid Poetry Competition in Nigeria and in 2001 he received a honourable mention in the Anthropology & Humanism Annual Poetry Competition. Read his poem: I hate the past tense….

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About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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