Who We Are
Agbowó is an afrocentric literary and arts community. At Agbowó, we collect great African art, listen to new voices and embrace innovative art expressions.
We are creating a platform where writers and artists come alive; and where readers find the best pieces. There are perhaps a lot of literary magazines out there already, both in print and in digital formats. So why are we here?
We love art. Hence, we want to build a community of people who enjoy art and its myriad expressions. We want to be the melting pot of the best new art.
We seek to rage and calm our esteemed followers.
We were born in University of Ibadan, home of past, present and future African literary greats. And as Adam Abubakar Ibrahim rightly commented;
“All in all, this is also a promise that the future of University of Ibadan as the fountainhead of Nigerian literature is determined to fight for its place.”
Students of the University of Ibadan started Agbowó, formerly UITES WRITE.
UITES WRITE, founded by Dolapo Amusat and Habeeb Kolade in 2015, was a platform to showcase arts by past and present University of Ibadan students.
UITES WRITE successfully completed two publications in poetry and prose. The first was the UITES WRITE Anthology and the second was OCTOBER STORIES. The initiative won STUDENT INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR at the 2016 Student Union Awards, University of Ibadan. We also had our forewords written by Dr Olayinka Egbokhare, Adam Abubakar Ibrahim and Kola Tubosun (introduction).
Our goal was to create a community of past and present University of Ibadan students who are exploring their creativity in art and to offer art loving people and the general public a spectacle to behold.
Yet, we have chosen not to settle. In 2017, we are moving to Agbowó and opening up to the rest of Africa. This is our first step, the first of many leaps to create a community of people who enjoy great arts and literature.
Agbowó was not coined from that place opposite where the University of Ibadan currently domiciles.
Agbowó is a money(coin) collector in Yoruba. We believe that art is just as valuable as money and should be courted in a similar fashion.
We are out to discover great arts and hope to share each of these with our teeming followers. During this process, we hope to meet incredible and unique people who are creating beautiful narrations through different forms of art. We also wish to connect these creators, their admirers and their works together for a blossoming and purposeful art community.
What We Do
Here are a number of ways we contribute to the art community.
We look forward to our first publication as Agbowó in 2017. We will issue periodic publications, which will be available online for download and may extend to print.
Meet the Team
We are a bunch of talented people who are excited about literature and arts and are bent on collecting and promoting them.
Cofounder and Process Lead
Cofounder and Marketing Lead
Rasaq Malik Gholahan
Associate Editor (Prose)
Associate Editor (Essays/ Cultural Criticism)
Associate Editor (Photography)
Associate Editor (Interviews)
Associate Editor (Prose)
Associate Editor (Art)
Associate Editor (Poetry)
For inquiries, partnerships and sponsorships, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org