The ancient city of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria, witnessed a festival in honour of Mountaineer Tajudeen Babatunde Owolabi.

Alliance Francaise. Iyanganku, Ibadan, played host to guests from all walks of life, Saturday, 1st December, 2018. The event was Babatunde Owolabi Poetry Festival, BOWOFEST 2018, organized by Poetry Enclave, POEN, Ibadan.

There were poetry recitations, cultural dances and drama sketches to spice up the event. Young poets like Mr. Yinka Olorunkosebi, a grandson of the late Ashipa of Oyo Kingdom, Chief Amuda Olorunkosebi , Mr Quadri Jagunlabi from Oshogbo, Osun State, and others, took to the stage and recited their poetic compositions to the admiration of the guests.

During his Chief Host’s Address, the Director, Alliance Francaise, Ibadan, Monsieur Nicolas Micheland, said, “The theme of “BOWOFEST 2018, POETRY AND REWARD”, is very catchy”. He added, “I do believe that the various activities resulting from this theme will be very captivating and soul-refreshing”.

Alhaji Babatunde Tajudeen Owolabi, went to Ibadan Grammar School and also graduated from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and the prestigious University of Ibadan, UI. He has just retired from the services of the Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, as a principal of one the high schools in Ibadan, after more many decades of active service. As a mountaineer, being an old student of Ibadan Grammar School, many old boys were present to honour and celebrate their own.  

The President, Poetry Enclave, Mr. Anthony Ebika, who presented and launched a book of poetry collection, “SONGS FOR OWOLABI”, written in honour of honoree, said in his Welcome Speech, “Poetry Enclave took the decision to honour Babatunde Owolabi because he is a man of honour and sincerity. A believer of education as a leveler and that education plays an inestimable role in nation building”.

The festival ended with the honoree, Babatunde Owolabi, sharing copies of his published works, in poetry and prose, to all the guests and students of both primary and secondary schools that came, some of whom performed on the stage at the event.

Written by Olaniyi G. Akanji


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