Monday, July 17, 2006

after lapofest

This year's LAPOFEST took place over 2 days earlier this month (7 & 8 July).

Keynote speaker, poet & professor of literature, Niyi Osundare, addresses the festival audience.

Here, Osundare shares a joke or two with participants. Folu Agoi, Chairman of ANA Lagos, is 2nd from right.

Excerpt from Folu Agoi's vote of thanks...
On behalf of all members of the literary community inLagos, under the aegis of Association of NigerianAuthors, Lagos Branch, I’d like to thank allindividuals and institutions whose wonderfulcontributions led to the success of the annual LagosPoetry Festival (LAPOFEST) 2006, held on Friday, July7, 2006 and Saturday, July 8, 2006 at MBA Auditorium,Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, and NationalGallery of Art (Aina Onabolu Complex), National Theatre, Iganmu.

The first class of these great contributors are Prof. Niyi Osundare, who, besides giving the Keynote Address, witnessed every moment of the 2-day carnival;and other Special Guests who also participated fully in the event, including Prof Akachi Ezeigbo, whothrilled the audience at MBA Auditorium, LASU with her exciting recitation; Prof Steve Okecha, more renowned as a chemist and environmentalist; Dr Shambhavi Gopalkrishna of Political Science Department,University of Lagos, who treated the audience to her stirring poetry; Lari Williams, who read copiously from his latest collection of poems entitled, Heartlines on Drumcall; Odia Ofeimun, who gave an electrifying speech, spiced up with some of his oldexhilarating poems; Dr Promise Okekwe, the all-round artist who gave a stimulating speech at the event;Tunji Sotimirin, MC of the event; and the literaryduo, Ebika Anthony (Chairman, Oyo State Branch of Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA Oyo) KunleOkesipe (General Secretary, Centre for Poets).

*Photos: Courtesy of ANA Lagos.

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