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The Next Top Nigerian Poet (or, Biggest Loser joke goes here)

By Harriet Staff

Make way for African Poet, the first ever literary reality tv show. According to an article from the (perhaps not super-reputable?) Net News Publisher:

Thirty-two Nigerians between the ages 18 and 35 will compete for the star prize in the first ever literary television reality show in Nigeria, entitled ‘The African Poet’, organizers of the event have said.
The chief operating officer of the project, Zakary Ochoga, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, said auditions would hold in the six geo-political zones in July for the selection of the 32 contestants.
Ochoga said the winner would go home with N5 million (US$35,000) while the runners up and the other contestants would be given prizes to be announced before the take off of the show.
Ochoga added that the program would be shown live every week on major television stations in the country beginning from August this year.
The ‘African Poet’ is a literary television reality show that centers on poetry that is based on African theme, concept and setting.
The show involves a host, a panel of judges and 32 contestants who will participate in the 15- week contest in which one contestant will be evicted every week till the end of the program.
“The show will run on air for 15 weeks after auditions in the 16 geo-political zones of Nigeria.

And from the more reputable Nigerian Compass:

Poetry, Ochoga reasoned has a place in all religions “and we want to publish the unknown and unassuming poets and make more celebrities from our humble population of great unknown writers.”

He added that the show will feature the renowned poet and Nobel Laureate for Literature, Prof. Wole Soyinka while star music artiste, Jeremiah Gyang will be the Host. Every week, during the show, reputable Nigerian writers will be invited to compliment the judges on location.

I just hope Steve Carell hosts the American version. And that there’s a place for Xtina.

Full articles here and here.

Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.