SERIES : People That R' Poets
This Series will focus on Highlighting Poets from a diverse set of backgrounds to provide a space to showcase their work!
Each Episode will feature a different poet, who will curate a short poem as well as bio about who they are and what inspires their Poetry!
This space will also aim to provide poets, creatives and artist alike a platform to showcase their work, who they are as an artist as well as give readers a greater insight into creative exploration through the chance to learn more about each
POET : Witty_Pen
Olabayo Joshua Awodirepo also known as Witty_Pen hails from Osun State though born and brought up in Badagry, Lagos State, Nigeria. He graduated from the Department of European Studies, University of Ibadan where he studied French language. He also did his M.A in French Studies in the same citadel of learning.
He is a lover of good music and creativity, a certified polyglot with the mastery of English, French and Yoruba language. As his main profession, Olabayo is a French language expert.
He is an award-winning Bilingual poet, creative writer, proofreader and editor. He has written over 300 wise nuggets and a good number of poems. He has proofread and edited over 200 works of others (in the form of poetry, short stories, and articles for publication). He won the Poetic Duel int'l poet of the year award in 2020 as well as the first prize award for a Haiku challenge organised by Info Atassi Media in March 2021.
He is the founder and coordinator of Witty Writers & World; a group that focuses on building a generation of writers who are passionately intentional about positively influencing the world of youths and teenagers through every creative means.
He writes to inspire, teach, correct, motivate, and influence lives for good. His first collection of poems titled “Tales of Medouze and other poems” was published in 2022 and available on OkadaBooks and Amazon KDP for purchase. He has also published a self-help book on ‘Developing effective study habits” ; suitable for teenagers who are still in secondary school or preparing to go to Higher Institution. 500 free copies of this book have been given out to students. It is also available for free on OkadaBooks and Selar but for a little token of support on Amazon.
POEM : THAT PEACE MIGHT REIGN
The last time I checked,
Under the radiance of the moonlight,
We sat and ate in the same bowl at night
As we listened to tales and fables.
Back in those days
Living together in peace
Was literally a piece of cake.
The last time I checked,
I ran around the street with other kids,
Without minding what religion they practiced.
Back in those days,
Our bond was beyond chemistry;
Love was our religion.
Alas, coming to this time of ours,
The love of power has killed the power of love.
Taking a spoon from a friend now comes with caution.
Peace is almost becoming an alien
As violence now steals the show.
I wish love for one another could be empowered
That peace might reign again.