Yewande Akinse (Adebowale) is a Nigerian Lawyer, gifted storyteller, Poet and Author of two collections of poetry titled ‘A Tale of being, of green and of ing..’ (2019) and Voices: A collection of poems that tell stories’ (2016). With over 110 published poems to her credit and counting, Yewande is one poet who doggedly seeks to change the narrative one poem at a time. She won the World Bank YouthActonEDU spoken word prize and Project Knucklehead Prize for Creative Rebellion.
Writing for Yewande is just as important as breathing, it has always been her safe place, in her words, “a panacea in distress, a medium of self-purgation and a harbor in the midst of turbulence”. She hopes to share her poetry with all – both far and near – by documenting her daily experiences through the poetic arts. It is safe to say that Yewande has finally found her voice and some meaning to her existence. Her poems have won numerous awards, among which are The Guardian Newspaper poetry prize, the Fidelity Bank prize for creative writing among others. She recently won The World Bank YouthActonEDU spoken word prize and Project Knucklehead Prize for Creative Rebellion