The Importance of Poetry #2 – Su’eddie Vershima Agema

We asked the poets shortlisted for the PEN Nigeria/Saraba Poetry Prize 3 questions about their practice and contemporary poetry, and they responded with staggering insight. Here is Su’eddie Vershima Agema, author of Tales one shouldn’t tell often.


Su’eddie Vershima Agema

Why do

The Importance of Poetry #1 – Tonye Willie-Pepple

The winner of the PEN Nigeria/Saraba Poetry Prize 2013, Tonye Willie-Pepple, shares his thoughts on contemporary poetry practice.

Why do you write poetry, and what fascinates you about poetry?

Poetry for me is a way of sermonizing without necessarily being …

The Joy of Discovery with A. Igoni Barrett



In April, the author generously granted Saraba an interview. Barrett has refused to grant interviews to Nigerian newspapers which, according to him, are not to be taken seriously because of their low standards which is evident in the preventable …

Poetry and inspiration with Lola Shoneyin


An established Nigerian poet whose new collection For the Love of Flight was recently published by Cassava Republic Press.

Being a mother of four and a wife with a full-time job, how do you find time to write at

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