About Agbowó

Our Approach

Our Story

Agbowó, the literary journal, is an off-shoot of the UITES WRITE collective. UITES WRITE, founded by Habeeb Kolade and Dolapo Amusat in 2015, is a platform to showcase literary work by University of Ibadan students and alumni. The collective, published electronic anthologies - the UITES WRITE Anthology and OCTOBER STORIES featuring prose and fiction and received numerous plaudits and a Student Initiative of the Year commendation by the Student’s Union. The goal, with UITES WRITE, was to create a community of past and present University of Ibadan students using art as a tool.

Graduating and ambitious, the founding editorial team decided to carve out a literary magazine and open up to Africa. And, thus, Agbowó was born. While the scope was broader with Agbowó, the aim was not all too dissimilar from that of the mother organization - to create a common space. In this case, a common space for showcasing and celebrating African literary and visual art and by that measure, engendering community. While the magazine bears the name of the street opposite the University of Ibadan and could be seen as symbolizing our move into the wider world, our usage of “Agbowó” is broader and, as one of the founding editors put it, means -  “collectors of things of value”. We have since committed ourselves to the seeking out and amplification of emerging voices on the continent.   

But beyond publishing and the community of readers we cater to, we also sought a physical community of writers, readers and art enthusiasts. In 2018, we acquired the University of Ibadan-based art events platform “Arts N Chill” (AnC). Through AnC, we have hosted conversations on topical issues that interface with art and facilitated workshops in these communities.  

What We Do

Here are a number of ways we contribute to the art community.


Online Publication

We accept and publish submissions regularly on our website.

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Periodicals & Publications.

Agbowó publishes a yearly magazine for creative Africans through its platform, Published by Agbowó. We also provide a full range publishing service for individuals and organizations, especially publications focused on African creativity and artistry.

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ArtsnChill by Agbowo


Agbowó now provides art events through its events platform, ArtsnChill. Collaborate with us for your art and book events. See our art events at Agbowó.org/artsnchill

Visit Agbowo.org/ArtsnChill


Meet the Team

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Habeeb Kolade

CEO and Design Lead

Dolapo Amusat- Cofouder Agbowo

Dolapo Amusat

Marketing Lead

Sheyi Owolabi | Agbowo

Oluseyi Owolabi

Editor (Photography and Visual Art) 

Dammy Ajibike (2)

Oyindamola Ajibike

Documentation Manager, Arts 'n' Chill by Agbowó


Joshua Faleti Agbowo (2)

Joshua Faleti

Logistics Manager, Arts 'n' Chill by Agbowó


Moyosore Orimoloye

Moyosore Orimoloye

Advisory and Strategy

Adedayo Agarau - Editor in Chief

Adedayo Agarau



'Dunni Adenuga

Editor (Fiction)

Hauwa Nuhu Shaffii - Nonfiction Editor

Hauwa Nuhu Shaffii

Editor (Nonfiction)

Tosin Agbowo (2)

Tosin Babatunde-Olotu

Associate Editor for Agbowó and Liaison Officer, Arts 'n' Chill by Agbowó

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'Joba Ojelabi

Publicity Manager, Agbowó

Darafunmi Olanrewaju- Agbowo

Darafunmi Olanrewaju

Finance Lead

Nome Emeka Patrick

Nome Emeka Patrick

Editor (Poetry)

Olu Afolabi

Olu Afolabi

Director, Published by  Agbowó

Uthman Adejumo Agbowo Art Drama Editor

Uthman Adejumo

Editor (Drama)

Ezim Osai

Ezim Osai

Director, Arts 'n' Chill by Agbowo

Dolapo Oyekanmi Agbowo

Dolapo Oyekanmi

Events Manager, Arts 'n' Chill by Agbowó

Next Steps...

For inquiries, partnerships and sponsorships, please send an email to agbowoart@gmail.com

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