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END SARS: Winners Emerged at the National Poetry Competition

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GODSTIME AKUBUEZE NWAEZEFIRST PRIZE WINNER (NIGERIAN) $100

Godstime Akubueze Nwaeze is from Izzi in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. He is a poet and an essayist. He won the EndSARS National Poetry Competition by the International Human Rights Arts Festival and the Society of Young Nigerian Writers. He was also a joint winner of Young Lawyers/Law Students’ Intellectual Prowess on Facebook, 2020.

He became a runner-up in Poets in Nigeria’s maiden On-the-spot Poetry Contest on Zoom. In 2019 and 2020, he was shortlisted for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize, and Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange essay writing competition respectively.His works have been published or are forthcoming in The Kalahari Review, Parousia Magazine, The Braided Way, International Human Rights Art Festival Publishes, World on the Brink (a Covid-19 anthology), Micah (an anthology of top 100 poems of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize, 2019), among others.

His essay ‘Covid-19 Outbreak and the Transportation Industry: Effects, Prospects and Challenges’ has been ranked top ten most downloaded in Social Science Research Network(SSRN).

Godstime is presently an undergraduate of Law at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. He is always grateful for the people who have helped him become a better person. For him, writing is a close friend with whom he navigates the world.

FRANK KALIATISECOND PRIZE WINNER – (MALAWIAN) $75

Frank Kaliati is a 28 year old writer of poetry and prose fiction from Malawi. His literary works include a pamphlet THE FOUR THAT MATTER, a collection of poems and short stories and currently he is writing an anthology entitled THE LAST COUGH together with Thomas Mzembe. When he is not writing, he is a secondary school teacher teaching English Language and Literature.

OLUDE PETER SUNDAYTHIRD PRIZE WINNER – (NIGERIAN) $50

Olude Peter Sunday is a 21 year old Hyper-realistic Pencil Artist, Writer and Poet from Nigeria. His has his Arts, Stories and Poems published/forthcoming in magazines including: Caffeinated Journal Anthology, Hayden’s Ferry review, Kalahari Review, Erogospel magazine, African writers, Parousia magazine, Poemify, Madswirl, Eskimo pie and elsewhere. When he isn’t writing, he is painting pure portraits with pencils and Photoshop. Find him on twitter @peterolude, IG @cee_tawpson

END SARS National Poetry Competition is a joint effort between the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) and the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), USA aimed at combating and campaigning against Police Brutality, Assault and Battery.

International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF) gives voice to the voiceless; protects freedom of expression, and uses creativity to highlight human rights and social justice causes around the world.

The organization brings together all members of society through her programmes, from artists-in-exile and at risk; to activists on the front lines of the struggle for rights and justice in their own country; to artists working in all media, to national and international politicians, government agencies, social leaders and celebrities.

IHRAF believes that creative engagement with all members of the society is the surest path toward social justice and positive change.

Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), is an umbrella organisation that was founded to promote creative writing and literary arts among writers based in Nigeria between the ages of 10 and 40. It was founded in 2010 at the former house of the Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka at the University of Ibadan. It was formerly known as the World of Poets and Literary Society.

Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) is a member of the International Authors Forum (IAF). It has also collaborated with different international organizations like Alliance Francaise (Nigeria), 100 Thousand Poets for Change (USA), Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival (Italy) and lately International Human Rights Art Festival (USA).

In 2019, Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was duly acknowledged and mentioned in a book titled “TEEN LIVES AROUND THE WORLD: A GLOBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (2 VOLUMES)” edited by Karen Wells. The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) was described as the only teen writers’ body in Nigeria.

SYNW provides a platform for young writers to meet and collaborate, enhance and hone their writing skills. SYNW also publish, promote and market the works of its members.

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