Part of: PTC Winter Workshops 2019 Yoruba poetry workshop: Translating Túbọ̀sún Ọládàpọ̀ with Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún
Poetry Translation Centre
Túbọ̀sún Ọládàpọ̀ is a Yorùbá language writer, poet, broadcaster, and producer. He is the author of many volumes of Yorùbá poetry some published as books, and many recorded as poetry albums, accompanied by songs and dance. His published poetry includes Aroye Akewi (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) and Arofo Awon Omode (poetry for children). His plays Ògún Lákáayé and E gbádé Fáládé were joint prize winners of the Oxford University Press drama competition in 1970. Through his record company, Ọlátúbọ̀sún Records Company, founded in 1977, he has produced over two hundred other artists producing in Yorùbá.
Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún has worked for many years as a linguist (currently at Google Nigeria), lexicographer (Oxford University Press dictionaries), Fulbright scholar of Yorùbá (Southern Illinois University), and schoolteacher of English in Lagos, Nigeria. His works of poetry, essay, criticism, translation, and travel writing have been published in AfricanWriter.com, BrittlePaper, International Literary Quarterly, Enkare Review, Popula, Saraba Magazine, and others. His debut collection of poetry Edwardsville by Heart was published by Wisdom’s Bottom Press, UK, in November 2018. In 2016, he was the recipient of the “Special Prize” of Premio Ostana, given for work in indigenous language advocacy.