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The Custodians of African Literature COAL is set to host Spoken Rhythm 2017,  an event of live Performance Poetry, music and theatre which will bring together the best in the spoken word industry in Nigeria. No worries, the kind of poetry at this event isn’t the kind you’re familiar with, this is distinct, it is spoken word, easy to understand, fun to listen to and of course it will sure blow your mind. We assure you that simple words can communicate deep truths that can also make you laugh, cry and wonder, so come and we will

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Literary Entrepreneurship cannot be over emphasized because of the crucial role it plays, across different sectors of development. Without an enterprising literary platform, culture, education, economics, media and communication and even technology, will be starved to possible extinction. The key focus of PENcoin is to explore literary enterprise from a developmental level to an entrepreneurship status. This is with a view of building capacity, expand opportunities and sustain progress. Literary enterprise and knowledge

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I am a woman now: Jennifer Dafwat

Yesterday I played among the boys and girls I took off my wrapper and held out my chest I invited one of my mates to see the colour of my dirty panties. Today mother says I can't do the same Her and  me are under the same attack Today's stigma came with a flow A stench lingering long after the boys have gone to rest. Mama said I'm a woman now I must learn to cover my treasures She said she was sorry The used cloth is all she can afford To help me drain this blood Flowing incessantly from my opening As for father

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The rise of insurgency in Nigeria has led to a drastic change in the lives of thousands of women and girls, and this often brings them either voluntarily or by coercion into new realities outside their original homes. While men have dis-proportionally been killed, women are an overwhelming majority among the estimated 1.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North East. According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), there are about 325,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

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AP’s Spoken Word Album

Coming Soon AP’s Spoken Word Album Launch   Patience Andrew fondly called ‘AP’ believes that to fix the world, there is a need for an awakening in the collective consciousness of all humans, and that this awakening can only come if we continuously expose our minds to the truth. She believes that spoken word poetry is one of the tools to bring about such an awakening. As the first Spoken Word artist in Jos, Plateau State to embark on this stride, she hopes her album will strengthen the love and importance of poetry and

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WOMEN LIKE ME DO NOT DIE:Chimdinma Onwukwe

It always begins with this numbness on the spot where I know my heart lies, my inside becomes heavy as though every organ has just been assigned a gruesome task - twist and pull. Then my mood dives, my children become intolerable and their whines irritate me. During the day, I eat everything, anything - like a lactating mammal, and at night, I get doused in my own tears. It is an unending cycle. I am telling these to my best-friend Ifeyinwa when she says in that gentle attitude of hers 'Look Oby, If what you want is for me to

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COAL’s mission is to support and provide opportunities for budding writers in Africa to develop their creative independent voices and to explore careers in professional writing. To help creative writers and spoken word artists realise their literary dreams by providing platforms for their self expression. .........



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