My poetry started to grow after a defining workshop in Maiduguri in 1995 which produced Vultures in the Air: Voices from Northern Nigeria. I then flourished in the literary environment in Abuja as a member of the Abuja Literary Society (ALS), Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and Abuja Writers Forum (AWF).

I have published my poems in several anthologies, the first being the aforementioned Vultures in the Air: Voices from Northern Nigeria, edited by Zaynab Alkali and Al Imfeld (1995). Others include 25 New Nigerian Poets, edited by Toyin Adewale (2000); Uncle Bola’s Promise, an Abuja Literary Society anthology of poems and prose, compiled by Victor Anoliefo (2003); Five Hundred Nigerian Poets, Volume One, edited by Jerry Agada (2005);Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems for Ken Saro-Wiwa, edited by Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Kadija Sesay (2005) and Pyramids, an anthology of poems from Northern Nigeria, edited by Ismaila Bala Garba and Abdullahi Ismaila, Krafts Books Limited: 2008

In 1999, my unpublished collection of poems, The Man Lived, won the ANA Poetry Prize. It was eventually published in 2004. My forthcoming collection, Chant of the Angry is due in March 2021.




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