James Ogunjimi is a radical Nigerian who believes in the power of words to effect change. He writes poems, essays, shorts stories and political op-eds. In 2013, his poem: “Listen to the Whirlwind” was named “Poem of the Year” by the International Community of Poets (ICOP). In 2015, his poem, “Humanity’s Call” was second runner-up in the February edition of the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest.
His short stories, opinion pieces and poems have been appeared in: Sahara Reporters, Kalahari Review, Brittle Paper, Daily Post, Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature, YNaija, Punch Newspaper, The Nation Newspaper, African Spotlight, Bewildering Stories Magazine, African Outlook, Chidoh Onumah’s Blog, Naija Stories, The Call, Freedom Writers, Social Crusaders, Pambazuka, Rise Networks, Steele Magazine, Destiny Poets.
The writings of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o have influenced his outlook on literature, politics and his own writing. He is a gbegiri enthusiast and a self-confessed kunnu addict. He blogs at www.jamesogunjimi.com.