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REZthaPoet Publishes Poetry Chapbook


Spokenword poet, RezthaPoet (Adebola Afolabi), recently published a poetry chapbook titled ‘Beautiful One’. The chapbook draws inspiration from passionate love experiences and the collective memory of a generation.  The digital chapbook is free but open to donations from individuals who will appreciate the craft of writing. ‘Beautiful One’ was published by Beige and Crow, an avant-garde publishing and content management firm in Lagos.




‘Beautiful One’ opens to the reader one of the many sides of REZthapoet, a lover of words who considers poetry as a conduit for interconnected life experiences. In ‘Beautiful One’ his poetry flips from the conversant cultural themes which he often engages to a modern texture that prods identity and existence in a sensual way.

REZthaPoet work, ‘Beautiful One’, is a profound contribution because it engages the subject of the heart with a certain mature ‘journeying’ instead of the expected ballad of teasing eros. In this chapbook, the temperament of a loverboy meeting the philosopher is a rich performance.

Balancing love and sex is a tightrope REZthapoet attempts in this collection but between the migrane of heartbreak and the surge of emotions, he crafts a fluid metaphor and memory, making sex a vehicle for many other themes. Sex simply becomes a backdrop or a pleasant gaze accompanying a musical sequence of philosophy.

Download this chapbook, it is a beautiful one.






ARTMOSPHERE is the leading monthly platform for the revival of a vibrant reading culture and the promotion of creative expressions in literature, music and the arts amongst Nigeria’s teeming youth population.

Curated by WriteHouse Collective since July 2011, ARTMOSPHERE has consistently incorporated the classic ideals of artistic erudition with the innovations of performance practice and contemporary culture. The event offers an eclectic mix of creative dexterity from leading and emerging culture practitioners in Nigeria. Book readings, poetry performances, panel discussions, music and art exhibitions are creatively fused together to make each edition a memory to be relished.

The March edition of ARTMOSPHERE will play host to renowned writer and publisher,, Chuma Nwokolo. Chuma Nwokolo will read from his new collection of short stories, How to Spell Naija and also discuss the creative process, governance, political as well as social issues alongside five emerging writers. There will also be book signings and music performances by D’Jazz Band at the event.

The event will take place from 3PM to 6PM on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Additional information about the event, together with details about how to get to the venue at the NuStreams Conference & Culture Centre, KM 110, Iyaganku Road, off Alalubosa GRA, Ibadan are available on our fanpage:



Chuma Nwokolo is one of Nigeria’s most prolific writers working in the short story subgenre. A lawyer and satirist, Chuma was writer-in-residence at the Ashmoleon Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom between 2005 and 2007 and is currently the publisher of African Writing Magazine. His published collections include, One More Tale for the Road (2003), Diaries of a Dead African (2003), Ghost of Sani Abacha (2012) and How to Spell Naija in 100 Stories (2013). In 2006, he released a poetry collection titled Memories of Stone. He is the inaugural editor for the Nigerian Writers Series, a publishing project promoted by the Association of Nigerian Authors and endowed by the Niger State Government.

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