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What is “Konya Shamsrumi”? It is a new African Poetry Publishing House

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Konya Shamsrumi? Four weeks ago, Kechi NomuUmar Abubakar SidiFunmi GajiRasaq Malik Gbolahan and I quietly launched a new project, a publishing house called Konya Shamsrumi. We had formed ourselves into the KSR Collective, and you might have seen the hashtag #KSRCollectivehere and there. Konya Shamsrumi is a poetry publishing house.

Our dream is, simple, to—
1. Create great poetry content, ranging from interviews to essays to poems.
2. Publish 2 collections (Richard, Sidi) and three chapbooks (Kechi, Rasaq, Funmi).
3. Sell 2000 units of our poetry box set of all five.

We started with weekly interviews on the blog and have published interviews, called “5 Questions”, with Unoma Azuah, Peter Akinlabi, Alexis Teyie and DM Aderibigbe. Our website has had 2,580 unique visitors who have dropped by 4,953 times. We are so pleased, thank you thank you. And many thanks to Umar Saleh Gwani, who made the first pre-order.

Our unusual name is a homage to the Persian Sufi poet, Rumi, who is strongly associated with a village called Konya (in Turkey) and his friend, Shams of Tabriz, who inspired a lot of his poetry. Poetry can be so much more when we share.

So, this tag is to ask you to:
—share this post and all our content when you see the #KSRCollective tag
—bookmark www.shamsrumi.com.ng and explore it today
—like our Facebook page www.fb.com/KonyaShamsrumi
—follow us on Twitter @KonyaShamsrumi
—visit our blog www.shamsrumi.com.ng/blog regularly and enjoy the content
—pre-order our box set www.shamsrumi.com.ng/order at a discount

If you have any inquiries, you can reach out to the Editor, Kechi Nomu kechi.nomu@shamsrumi.com.ng at any time. Partnerships and collaborations are welcome.

– Ra.

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To My African Friends Concerned About the News From Nigeria

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It is true have been having serious separatist issues, accompanied by hate speech, spearheaded by someone called Nnamdi Kanu who wishes to channel the nostalgia for the short lived Republic of Biafra. We fought a civil war over that in the 60’s. He is a charlatan who was coddled too long until he got out of hand. It was a serious issue, including ethnic hate speech and violent extremist violence too.
 
A few days ago, the Army submitted its analysis that his group is a terrorist group. The state governors from the southeast have proscribed the organization yesterday. We are waiting to see what happens after. There was some tension even in my hometown, which is in the north-central Nigeria, but it’s been contained.
 
So, don’t worry too much. Now you see a bit of why I laugh at you guys for your political impasses. Nigeria is far more complex, the crisis is as routine as the corruption is vast. This is a federation overheating, but this is also a federation that always manages to let off steam.
 
I’m okay. Thanks for the concern.
 
– Ra.