Artist Damien Hirst Takes Heat for Cultural Appropriation of Nigerian Kingdom of Ife Heads 

English artist Damien Hirst is in hot water for cultural appropriation at this year’s Venice Biennale. His exhibit includes a golden head that mimics the work of artists from Ile-Ife, Nigeria. This is particularly remarkable given that this is a hugely important year for Nigeria, with artists representing their country at a national pavilion for the…

The Festival of Literary Diversity: A Celebration of Many Voices Coming Together

  FOLD 2017 accomplished its mission. As a Festival of Literary Diversity, the second-annual event brought together established and emergent writers of varied backgrounds in a space that fed their souls, created dialogue and provided down-to-earth guidelines and information about writing and publishing. Held recently in Brampton, Ontario, a city known for its culturally diverse population, FOLD…

Nigerian Poet Wins Brunel International African Poetry Prize for 2017 

  In 2017, Nigerian poet Romeo Oriogun stunned readers with his complex, urgent poetry full of brimming emotion, stark imagery, and biting questions. In a unanimous vote, this young poet was awarded the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. This prestigious £3,000 major poetry award, sponsored by Brunel University and Commonwealth Writers, is given to poets who have not…