[Literature]–After ten years of its existence, Navigator OAU, has released a maiden anthology comprising of poems shortlisted from its poetry competitions.
Navigator Communication Agency (NCA) is a press outfit which seeks to develop the leadership qualities of Muslim undergraduates through the systematic use of the press by developing their writing and oratory skills.
In a press release sent to THE PAGE and signed by Bada Yusuf Amoo, the Coordinator of the organisation, he stated that Navigator as an agency was established to enhance the conscious creativity and intellectualism of the Muslim students in Nigeria higher institutions.
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“Following our tenth year anniversary where we organized a poetry contest on the theme that reflects Muslims innovations that have contributed to human development, we are pleased to announced to our brothers and sisters in Islam across the world in particular and the human community of the universe in general that Navigator Communication Agency (NCA), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife Nigeria will In Sha Allah makes its maiden anthology available for free download on several websites by Monday 23 April, 2018.
The anthology which is titled “Silence No More and Other Poems” consisted of the top ten most outstanding and creative poems shortlisted in the contest. The contest is judged by M.B. Omigbule (Ph.D), a lecturer in the Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Navigator as an agency established to enhance the conscious creativity and intellectualism of the Muslim students in Nigeria higher institutions organized this poetry contest to contribute to its efforts in achieving its said goals. This anthology is a bough of Navigator programmes, other programmes include creative writing workshops, Dawal Podium, Intellectual Diet, Intellectual Debates to mention few.
The anthology is forwarded by Rasaq Malik Gbolahan, one of the contemporary award winning Nigerian poets and author of “No Home In This Land”. Here is what he says about the anthology “There is a wealth of lines, and these lines visit and revisit the reader’s mind often. In “Silence no more” Olabode Halimot displays the beauty of research, and this is highly noted. The poet persona mentions Al Jazari, who made clock; Jabir Ibn Hayyan, the father of chemistry; Ibn Sina, whose medical relevance is indisputable, whose knowledge of Pharmacy in Baghdad and the world remains significant.”
Another person who commented on the anthology is Abdul-Lateef Adeleke (Ph.D), a senior lecturer of law at Covenant University, Abeokuta. The contest and the anthology is coordinated by Bada Yusuf Amoo, a Poet and Publisher at The Speaking Heart and proofread by Ganiyu Saheed Ishola, CEO, Arts Digest Educational Consult. While we appreciate the parental contributions of Prof. Y.K Yusuf, Dr. (Mrs.) M.L. Sanni and Mrs. A.R. Akinniyi for their tremendous contributions toward the successes of NCA since its establishment, we also appreciate the patience of OAU community to the success of this anthology.