Efe Paul Azino

Efe Paul Azino

Nigeria

Efe Paul Azino is one of Nigeria’s well known performance artists and poets. In 2015, he co-founded West Africa’s first international poetry festival, the Lagos International Poetry Festival, which he currently directs. He is also the director of poetry at the annual Lagos Book and Art Festival. In 2017 he was named as one of the most powerful people in the Nigerian art and culture space by Ynaija. He published his first collection of poetry in 2015 titled For Broken Men Who Cross Often (Farafina Books). He has appeared at the Berlin Poetry Festival, Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival, Spier International Poetry Festival in (Cape Town), Taipei Poetry Festival and the Ake Book and Arts Festival (Nigeria) amongst others. His poems have been translated into Afrikaans, French, German and Mandarin. He is an Osiwa Poetry Residency Fellow and 2019 Moniack Mhor Poet in Residence. Azino’s second poetry collection, The Tragedy of Falling with Laughter Stuck in Your Throat, is scheduled for release in 2019.