Tolu Ogunlesi

Tolu Ogunlesi

Tolu Ogunlesi works as features editor with NEXT, a daily newspaper in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the author of a collection of poetry, Listen to the Geckos Singing from a Balcony (Bewrite Books, 2004) and a novella, Conquest & Conviviality (Hodder Murray, 2008). In 2007 he was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize, in 2008 the Nordic Africa Institute Guest Writer Fellowship, and in 2009 a Cadbury Visiting Fellowship by the University of Birmingham, England. He won the Arts and Culture Prize in the 2009 CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards. His fiction and poetry have been published in The London Magazine, Wasafiri, Farafina, PEN Anthology of New Nigerian Writing, Stanford’s Black Arts Quarterly and World Literature Today, among others.

Tolu owns one digital camera, two lenses and plenty of hope for a successful career in photography. When he isn’t traveling, he is looking forward to traveling. The rest of the time he is to be found contemplating starting a novel. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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January 27, 2010

A part of our Pens and Swords Roundtable discussion