By Mojoyinola Abd’Afeez
In honour of Christopher Okigbo, a Nigerian renowned poet in the 60s, who died on the war front during the Biafra War, Okigbo Poetry Club, University of Ibadan has, on April 10, 2019, organized a poetry contest during her annual festival.
Prior to the day of the contest, many entries were submitted by students across Nigerian Universities.
However, Kawthar Monisola, a penultimate student of Law, University of Ibadan came First with the poem titled ‘Retribution’ while Yussuf Uthman Adekola, a final year student of English, University of Ibadan came first runner-up with the poem ‘The Meaning of Grief’ and Israel Winlade from Obafemi Awolowo University came second runner-up with the poem ‘Heaven’.
When asked about her feeling on her emergence as the winner of the contest, Kawthar Monisola said she was overwhelmed with every performance that day though she believed in herself.
” I am seriously overwhelmed by the winning. I know I could do better but with every performance here today, I was a bit jittery. I know my crew did very very well.”
While talking about her source of inspiration, she said poetry flowed naturally to her and that reading enhanced the fluidity.
” Poetry just flows naturally to me. You don’t have to do anything to get the inspiration. Once you put your mind into something the idea will just come. And if you’re a very good reader, the thought will just flow.”
Meanwhile, the president of the club, Mr Sofoluwe Mobolaji, a student of English who is due to graduate as the academic session ends expressed his sadness over the half-content of the state of affairs of the club and also urged the members of the club to do much more.
“I am half-content with the state of affairs at the club. It is capable of doing much more, only we have to believe in and pursue Poetry more fiercely.”
He also lamented on the lack of sponsors for the programme and thus made a public appeal to influential persons who may be interested in sponsoring the Annual Poetry Festival.