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5th Award For WP Director Oswald Okaitei!








 Ariadne’s Note: The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed Oswald Okaitei on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, October 20th 1:10 PM, CFRO 100.5 FM!  A wonderful show with poetry and music direct from Ghana. To hear this special show :



World Poetry & Canada International  spotted Oswald´s potential to add up to global poetry and made no mistake to honour his efforts as World Empowered Poet ( which he confirms was his inspiration to his current status) in 2003. Years on, his hard works have gotten other international recognition ( from World Poetry& Canada International again, Nigeria & Philippines).
This year, he is due to take the 5th prestigious award of his career. This time, it is the “Pan-African Poet/Spoken word artist of the Year” award and it comes four years after active poetry/spoken word life.

Oswald Okaitei is a Performer Poet who combines music with poetry lines and verses to paint imagery in the eyes of the mind. He is a World Poetry & Canada International Director in Ghana. Oswald recently represented Ghana at the just ended Ugandan (Babishai Niwe) Poetry Festival where he ran a workshop on Poetry Entrepreneurship, participated in a panel discussion that seeks to promote a poetry caravan across Africa and also performed.
Oswald is one of the fresh breaths to poetry/spoken word worldwide. In recent times, he has conceptualized, directed and produced different poems by Prof. Lade Wosornu in a one act captioned “The Lade’s Capsule”, staged “Ete”, another poem by Prof. Lade Wosornu.
Oswald has also performed on national and international platforms and he was the only featured poet at the 8th Pan-African Congress. Some poets/spoken word artistes he has shared performing platforms with include Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Prof. Atukwei Okai, Prof. Lade Wosornu, Muta Baruka and Rocky Dawuni.
The Awards event is organized by the Confederation of Governance Assessment Institute (COGAI), a non-profit and non-partisan organization which works to ensure that policies formulated and implemented by governing bodies and public institutions are tailored to meet the socio-economic needs of the people for the achievement of sustainable development.
Some other personalities/institutions to be awarded include Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Former President John Agyekum Kuffuor, Ghana Black Star´s captain, Asamoah Gyan,  Amenfiman Rural Bank, Breast Care International among others.
In a letter sent to Oswald, Dr. Henry K. Mensah, Selection Committee Chairman, stated:
“On behalf of the Steering committee and the organizing committee of the OSAGYEFO CORPORATE FESTIVAL AND PAN AFRICAN EMINENCE AWARDS, congratulations on being chosen for the 2016 PAN AFRICAN EMINENCE AWARDS. You (OSWALD OKAITEI) were chosen because of your immense contribution in promoting poetry through artistic and rhythmic character of verbal communication by the use of phonaesthetics, sound symbolism and metre which tends to induce meanings in addition to, or in place of prosaic professed meaning. Many pan-African poet and spoken word artistes were nominated and through comprehensive research and gathered information, the Selection committee gave careful consideration and you emerged the PAN-AFRICAN POET AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE OF THE YEAR.”
The award Ceremony will be in two sessions. Oswald’s award as (PAN-AFRICAN POET AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE OF THE YEAR.) falls under the Global session. The venue for the Award giving ceremony is the main auditorium of the International Conference Centre on 15th October, 2016 at 6pm prompt.

World Poetry Canada International would like to congratulate him on the new and well deserved award!

Tenth Ode for Muhammad Ali

In a united spirit,

We mourn the darkness in the sun

And cease the feet

Of the dancers and beating palms of the drummers…

In a spirited oneness,

We have sworn before your withered dust

Never to tear

But to inherit your bravery over fear

Yes, you injured the rock,

Diseased the medicine, floated like a butterfly

And stung like the bee…

So hero! Must we mourn your passage into the next world?


We shall not

Let the Praise Singers Gather by the edges of the golden streets

And the horn blowers

Kiss their horns: we shall hail the

‘Greatest’ before his leave today!

Oswald Okaitei (C)

A Very Special Radio Show Program, Music and Poetry!


Far left: Neall Ryan, Ariadne Sawyer, Victor Swartsman and Enrico Renz!

Ariadne’s Notes:

A wonderful World Poetry Café Radio Show with co-host Neall Ryan and amazing guests, musician and poet, Enrico Renz and soon to be co-host Victor Schwartzman, who was with co-op radio 40 years ago and even met his wife at an early co-op meeting. Coop is doing a Spring Fundraiser so all the guests helped in suggestion that all listeners go to www.coopradio.org, go to the donation section and put in the name of the World Poetry Café as their suggested program. We need to meet our quota of $600 for the year since we already have around $400 in memberships. For those of you are in the long wait list for the show and the www.worldpoetry.ca site, please become a member. We will give you three features per year as long as you let me know two months notice if possible.




The World Poetry Cafe Proudly Presents Nina Munteanu and Steve Duncan from Canada!


Ariadne’s Note: Tonight was a fascinating show filled with the presentation of three books by Nina   and a powerful  poem by Steve Duncan, a poet, promoter and publicist who works hard to promote artists, musicians and poets. Steve also was a supporter and mentor of World Poetry a number of years ago. He phoned to tell us exciting news about  Pandora’s Collective and the 10th Summer Dream Festival, August 24th as well as the award night on the 23rd. I would like to thank Pandora’s Collective and Steve Duncan for presenting me with the citizenship award. www.pandorascollective.com

 During the show, hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota, tech and featured guest Kelly probed into the topics of ecosystems, the brain, the emergence of a new way of being and the three wonderful books launched by Nina Munteanu, You can’t miss this show! CLICK HERE!

Radio show promo!


Featured Guest


Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and internationally published novelist of science fiction and fantasy. In addition to eight published novels, Nina has written short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award, finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the SLF Fountain Award, and The Delta Optimist Reviewers Choice.

Nina regularly publishes reviews and essays in magazines such as The New York Review of Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. She serves as staff writer for several online and print magazines, and was assistant editor-in-chief of Imagikon, a Romanian speculative magazine. She is currently an editor of Europa SF, an ezine dedicated to informing the European SF community.

Nina lectures at university and teaches writing workshops and courses based on her award-nominated guidebook “The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!” (Starfire World Syndicate). The textbook was adopted by several colleges and universities throughout North America and Europe. It was recently published by Editura Paralela 45 in Romania. The next book in her writing guide series “The Journal Writer: Finding Your Voice” was released in winter of 2012 in Romanian by Editura Paralela 45 and in English in early 2013 by Starfire

Nina shares her time between Toronto and Vancouver where she teaches writing in college and university, coaches writers, and writes.

For more information about booking her workshops, online classes, individual consultations, or speaking appearances visit www.NinaMunteanu.com. Her award-winning blog The Alien Next Door hosts lively discussion on science, travel, pop culture, writing and movies. 

Nina’s books include:
Collision with Paradise (2005, Liquid Silver Books) re-issued by eXtasy Books (2012)
The Cypol (2005, eXtasy Books)
Darwin’s Paradox (2007, Dragon Moon Press)
Angel of Chaos (2010, Dragon Moon Press)
Outer Diverse, Book 2 of The Splintered Universe Trilogy (2011, Starfire World Syndicate)
Inner Diverse, Book 2 (2012, Starfire)
Metaverse, Book 3 (release 2014, Starfire)
The Last Summoner (2012, Starfire)
Natural Selection: a collection of short stories (2013, Pixl Press)
The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now! (2009, Starfire)
The Journal Writer: Finding Your Voice (2013, Pixl Press) 


The Last Summoner:

 “The Last Summoner is a historical fantasy that spans 600 years of history from medieval Poland (1410) through to current day Paris France. The story follows the incredible journey of the young Baroness Vivianne von Grunwald, who discovers that she can alter history–AND time travel! She is about to be given away in marriage to a stranger (as payment) on the eve of the Battle of Grunwald (historically considered the most important battle the Polish fought) between the Teutonic Order and the Polish-Lithuanian peasant armies when she comes into her powers and clumsily orchestrates strange events. As a result, she is chased as a witch literally through time (through a time-space tear) and finds herself in a present day Paris she has somehow authored: it is under Nazi rule…oops…now she must return and remake history… can she or does History have a mind of its own?

The book has done very well so far… it was a Canadian bestseller on Amazon.ca for several months and has garnered several very nice reviews. ” Nina Munteanu.

The Last Summoner is “a unique tale of time and consequences…a clever, well-written book.” Jonathan B, Amazon Reviewer

The Fiction Writer is at the top of the required reading list for my Writer’s Workshop students!…the quintessential guidebook for the soon-to-be-published.”–Susan McLemore, Writing Instructor.

Book Trailer for The Last Summoner: http://youtu.be/jvbe91qbWG0  and the The Alien Next Door Find Nina’s books on Amazon.ca find Nina on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Pinterest



“A wonderful new book full of entertaining yet profound stories . It is hard to put the book down. Ariadne Sawyer, MA.”

” From time-space guardians to Cybersex, GMO and biotech implants, this short story collection by science fiction novelist Nina Munteanu promises a journey of great scope, imagination and vision.” Source: Natural Selections, back cover.