Theresa Lola: Award-winning Nigerian-British poet works on giving girls voice

Theresa Lola: Award-winning Nigerian-British poet works on giving girls voice

- Theresa Lola, a Nigerian-British poet, is helping children who are victims of internal displacement in the north get closure

- The poet is carrying out the human-centered task with Maryam Ahmed of Save the Children where they organise poetry workshop for the kids

- During the workshop, the children use literary techniques like metaphor to pick out themes of conflict among others

Nigerian-British Poet Theresa Lola in collaboration with the Save the Children’s girl champion, Maryam Ahmed, is helping children victims of internal displacement find meaning in life.

Though born in Nigeria, Lola moved to the UK at age 13. According the Save the Children’s website, she said it is important to discuss issues that affect young women, adding that poetry is a tool that could be used to achieve that.

During the workshop, twelve girls between the ages of seven and 14 worked on different poems as an individual and as a group.

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In their engagement with the poems, they employed literary techniques like metaphors, personification to identify gender inequality, education, conflicts, among several others.

During the workshop, the kids were given poems to work on as a group and individual. Photo source: Reuters

During the workshop, the kids were given poems to work on as a group and individual. Photo source: Reuters
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It should be noted that insurgency has ravaged some part of the northeast, displacing many, and putting children at the margin, making them the worst-hit victim.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Elizabeth Omolaja, a 20-year-old Nigerian writer, wrote a book on what it takes to be black in the US.

She was said to have migrated to New Jersey in the US when she was just three. Her teacher at Greek High School, Karyn, described the girl as a diamond gotten from the rough. Just like Omolaja, Karyn was also a migrant who came to American two decades ago.

The teacher said that the girl progressed from when she was under bouts of anxiety. The young Nigerian writer said that she uses poetry to express her feelings of both her trying and good times.

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Her teacher also spoke about how she saw the young woman recover from her trials into the young lady she has been transformed into.

Elizabeth also spoke about how she wanted to at a time put off the whole book project as a result of how hard it was to get a publisher.

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