Bash Amuneni - National Ambassador
Bash Amuneni is one of Nigeria’s foremost performance poet. He has performed poetry at various platforms including the Lagos International Poetry Festival 2016 (LIPFest).
In 2015, he was one of the two poets invited for the inuaguration of President Muhammad Buhari of Nigeria. In August, 2017- Bash Amuneni was awarded by Abuja Literary Society for his Sustained work in the Development of Literary/Arts Programmes in Nigeria. In December 2017 , Bash Amuneni was a guest performance poet at the European Union Human Rights Day.
He was listed amongst 50 most influential Poets in Nigeria in the years 2016 , 2017 and 2018. He was also mentioned amongst 100 most influential Nigerian writers under the age of 40 for the year 2017 and 2018. In January 2018, he was a Guest Performance Poet at the commissioning of The African Development Bank Head Office building in Abuja by The Nigerian Vice President.
Most recently, he was a guest performance poet at 73rd Session of Executive Committee and 41st Congress of Leaders of African Parliamentary Union in Abuja and the USAID IHP Program Launch. He is the author of the collection of poems’ There Is A Lunatic In Every Town’. He is also an Architect.
Falade Kolawole - Candidate 2018
Falade Kolawole, popularly known as Pariolodo, is a graduate of English and Literary Studies from the University of Abuja, Nigeria. He is performance poet who is well known for his energetic and riveting spoken word performances. He is a multiple time Abuja Literary Society slam champion and the winner of the 2018 Nigeria National Grand Slam. He has performed on several platforms including the NTA poetry night, the UN's "Orange the World" campaign on gender, Made In Nigeria Poetry Show, among others. He is passionate about effecting change in the society through his works and loves traveling.