Award-winning Nigerian poet, Mr. Tade Ipadeola, has been selected to participate in the International Writing Program Fall Residency at the University of Iowa, courtesy of the United States Department of State.
This was revealed in a statement by the United States Consulate General, signed by Temitayo Famutimi of its Public Affairs Section
The statement revealed that from September 1 to November 16, 2019, Ipadeola, the 2013 winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature, would join 28 other accomplished writers from across the globe in the world’s oldest and largest multinational writing residency.
Part of the statement read, “Over the course of the 11-week residency, Ipadeola and the other participants will give readings and lectures that share their work and cultures, collaborate with artists from other genres and art forms and travel to interact with audiences and literary communities across the United States.
“In addition, the residency will provide the writers a one-of-a-kind intercultural opportunity to forge productive relationships with colleagues and translators, and take part in the vibrant social and academic life of the University of Iowa as well as the larger American literary scene.”
While congratulating Ipadeola for his acceptance into the residency program, the United States Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Russell Brooks said the goal of the IWP Fall Residency is to provide outstanding writers with a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration.
“The International Writing Program Fall Residency is a unique experience for rising stars and established writers who have achieved literary distinction and have shown interest in contributing to the creative writing culture in their home countries.
“This program will enable Ipadeola to present his works and Nigeria’s literary culture to a wider audience. He will, in turn, learn more about U.S. society, culture, and the American people,” Brooks said.
Ipadeola has three published works, including The Sahara Testament, a poetry collection, which won the Nigeria Prize for Literature in 2013 and has been translated into Dutch, French, Spanish and Xhosa. In 2009, he won the Delphic Laurel in Poetry for his Yoruba poem Songbird at the Delphic Games in Jeju, South Korea. In 2012, he translated Paid on Both Sides, the first dramatic work of renowned Anglo-American poet, W.H. Auden, into Yoruba as Lamilami.
To date, 34 Nigerian literary figures have participated in the IWP Fall Residency. Notable among them are Elechi Amadi (1973), Cyprian Ekwensi (1974), Ola Rotimi (1980), Femi Osofisan (1986), Niyi Osundare (1988), Festus Iyayi (1990), Lola Shoneyin (1999), Obari Gomba (2016).