2017 Summer Reads Series : Brunel University African Poetry Prize Winner Romeo Oriogun
In May 2017, Nigeria's Romeo Oriogun was named the winner of the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Romeo's poems were "beautiful and deeply passionately written. His poems discussed masculinity and desire in the face of LGBT criminalization and persecution. The judges said he is the "new voice in African poetry. His poetry is wide ranging, but at its heart are deeply passionate, shocking, imaginative, complex and ultimately beautiful explorations of masculinity, sexuality and desire in a country that does not recognize LGBT rights.
Oriogun explained that he entered the contest because "in Africa there are very few spaces for queer writing, I thought it was a means of sharing my poems. I know queer people may not be free to love openly in my lifetime but it is a journey and we are laying the stones for the future."
Read the poems here!