STREAM: Emergent Traditions of Poetry Performance in Africa

STREAM: Emergent Traditions of Poetry Performance in Africa

Conscious of the growing popularity of poetry performance in various parts of Africa, this stream focuses on new trends in poetry performance in both indigenous languages and adopted European languages in the continent. It is interested in the widening of the sites for the performance of poetry and its implications of for extending the audiences of poetry in this environment.

Confirmed Panels

Panel 1

Chair: Oyeniyi Okunoye

  • Classical Ethiopian Poetry: Geez Qene and Harari/Arabic Sufi Poetry, Greff, Solomon Tessema (Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Indigenous Poetry in a Digital Age: An assessment of Chief Sulaiman Ayinla Ajobiewe’s Oriki Poetry, Damilola, Oladiran (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
  • Rethinking Poetry and the Poetic: Performance in Akeem Lasisi’s Wonderland Eleleture, Oloko, Patrick (University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria)

Panel 2

Chair:  Patrick Oloko

  • Ejija Omabe’s Lachrymal and Acerbic Poetry Performance: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Reconstruction and Re-enactment of Societal Values, Ugwanyi, Dele Maxwell (Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria, ENUGU, Nigeria)
  • Ethnic Longings in Contemporary Religious Music in South-western Nigeria, Ogundipe, Stephen, Toyin (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
  • Performing the Nation: The Invention of Nigeria in Dike Chukwumerije’s Poetry, Okunoye (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)


Organisers: Oyeniyi Okunoye ( & Shola Adenekan ( 

For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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