Festival Poetry Calabar 2016 Makes a Landmark in History

The 2016 edition of Festival Poetry Calabar was not just an improvement of the 2015 maiden edition, it really was the beginning of the newness in diversification in the promotion of poetry in Nigeria. According to the organizers — Poets in Nigeria (PIN) and Festival Poetry Foundation (FPF) — the festival was birthed to embolden social values, sharpen the sense of humaneness and enhance good living/neighbourliness among Nigerians.
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Held between the 26th and 28th, it was tagged ‘Poetry and Cross River’s Green Initiative’ with the sole aim of promoting certain social values. It featured dance,music,a stage play, On-The-Spot poetry competition and numerous poetic performances from poets sprinkled all over Nigeria. Having been thrilled by amazing performances, a psychiatrist pledged to sponsor a poetry contest to create awareness for mental illness with #50,000 and Mr Ken Egbas, a former commissioner in the state, pledged the sum of #500,000 for the organization of poetry competition within the festival for five years.

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