Together with INPUTS Bremen, Postcolonial Studies hosted its first “Writer-in-Residence” from March through May 2016, the Nigerian-Canadian author and poet Dr. Amatoritsero Ede. The Foundation of the University of Bremen has supported Dr. Ede’s stay, and we thank them very much for this financial support.
Dr. Ede was strongly influenced by Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate for Literature. Ede’s A Writer’s Pains & Caribbean Blues won the 1998 All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Literature, while Globetrotter & Hitler’s Children was nominated for the 2013 Nigerian Literature Prize. His work has appeared in 11 poetry anthologies, and it was placed second in the first May Ayim Literary Award in 2004 and in the 1993 Association of Nigerian Authors poetry prize. He publishes the Maple Tree Literary Supplement at www.mtls.ca.
During his stay at the University of Bremen, he collaborated with his host, Professor Dr. Kerstin Knopf. At the BCLL#3, he delivered a paper and gave a poetry reading. He also produced new poetry in the wonderful ambience of the Teerhof peninsula in the Weser River, taught a 5-week creative writing course, and delivered a lecture and performed alongside student-writers as part of Faculty 10’s Guest Lecture Series.
You can see the energy-laden performance of Dr. Ede’s poem „Teardrops in the Weser" as well as of the poems and short stories written by students in his creative writing class here.
More information on Ede's stay here.