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NENGI ILAGHA

 

Nengi IlaghaNENGI JOSEF ILAGHA, fondly called Pope Pen The First, has worked as a journalist, broadcaster and public relations foot soldier. Born on December 18, 1963, in Nembe, Bayelsa State, he read English & Literary Studies at the University of Port Harcourt. A one-time Editor of The Tide On Sunday in Port Harcourt, he was Speech Writer and Special Adviser on Research & Documentation to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Nigeria.


Mantids, his first collection of poems, won the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Poetry Prize in 1995. His poems have appeared in newspapers, journals and anthologies within and outside the country, including The Guardian, The Post Express, Voices From The Fringe, For Ken For Nigeria, Junge Nigerianische Lyrick, 25 New Nigerian Poets and Camouflage: Best of Contemporary Nigerian Writing. He is currently running a monthly diary of poems on Facebook.


Pope Pen is the Founding Chair of ANA, Bayelsa chapter. His other books on the Treasure label include Apples & Serpents, his second offering of poems, I Want To Be A Senator, a collection of essays, and Royal Mail, a twelve-part epistle to Queen Elizabeth on Nigeria’s golden jubilee anniversary. January Gestures, the first of twelve books of poetry under construction, was among the nine contenders for the controversial 2009 NLNG-Nigeria Prize for Literature.

 

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SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY & SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS

International writing competitions every 3 months.

Prizes: £150 (1st), £75 (2nd), £50 (3rd), 3 x £10 High Commendation Prizes.

For further information about judges, conditions and online or postal entries

visit www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/competitions or www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions

 

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