Five Nigerian Authors Under 35


–          Tolu Ogunlesi

Tolu Ogunlesi was born in 1982. He has written poetry since his Univetsity days. Tolu is the author of a collection of poetry, Listen to the Geckos Singing From A Balcony [Bewrite Books, UK, 2004]. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Obituary, Wasafiri, Tango [Caine Prize Anthology 2006], Sable, Orbis, Eclectica, and elsewhere, and are forthcoming in Poesia and Jelly Paint. In 2007, he won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize. He currently lives in Lagos, and works 8 to 5 as management consultant.


–          Jumoke Verissimo


Jumoke, born 26 December 1979, Lagos, is a Nigerian poet and writer. She won First Prize, Carlos Idize Ahmed Prize for a first book of poetry 2009, Second Prize, Anthony Agbo Prize for poetry 2009 and Honourable Mention Association of Nigeria [poetry] 2009.

The Punch describes Jumoke as, ‘one of those who will change the face…

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You Read Them. You Love Them. Now Help Us Make Them!

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How many times has this happened to you? While browsing at a bookstore or library, you’ve flipped through an educational book and thought, “Wow, this author is totally out of touch. How come no one asks actual educators what they need?” As a company that always strives to bring its readers quality, practical resources and fresh, relevant perspectives, this is the last reaction Free Spirit wants to provoke.

FSP Advisory BoardThat’s why we’re proud to have the Free Spirit Advisory Board of Educators. Throughout the year, we consult a wide pool of teachers, administrators, librarians, counselors, and social workers as we develop our books, and they help us make sure our books are practical, easy to use, and as up-to-date as possible. Board members provide feedback on everything from titles and art designs to best practices and educational trends.

This is your opportunity to contribute! Free Spirit is looking for new Advisory…

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