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 WELCOME ADDRESS TO POETOURISTS ON THE OCCASION OF POETOURISM 2022 HELD ON 4TH JUNE 2022 AT THE YEMISI SHYLLON MUSEUM OF ART, PAN ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY, LAGOS, NIGERIA

I happily welcome you to our POETOURISM 2022 event. Currently on its third outing, this initiative is a baby of Poets In Nigeria with over 27 Initiatives, inclusive of the prestigious Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP).

The first edition of POETOURISM was held 2019 with Epe Resort as destination while the second edition was held 2020 at both the Niger Delta Hall of Fame and OYASAF Facility, Lagos respectively.

I am pleased to inform you that, the Moderator for POETOURISM 2019 and 2020 was Chinyere Darline Ezeigwe who sacrificed in delivering two successful outings. On this auspicious day of our tour, we recognise and commend all her contributions to the POETOURISM INITIATIVE.

As the current moderator, I am honoured leading the tour to YEMISI SHYLLON MUSEUM OF ART, here at the Pan Atlantic University Lekki-Ibeju, Lagos. This tour that promises to be fun, inspiring, educating and most importantly, expository is being solely sponsored by a national patron of Poets in Nigeria who is interestingly behind this edifice we are about to tour Prince YEMISI SHYLLON. We owe him a world of gratitude for passionately supporting Poets in Nigeria Initiative and art in Nigeria and beyond. Without him, we won’t be here. Talking about sponsorship of this tour, Prince Yemisi Shyllon provided funds for bus hire/transportation to this venue as well as purchase of Gate Entrance ticket for everyone that boarded the bus.

I want to say special thanks to Sir Eriata and members of PIN for giving us this beautiful initiative that has not only come to stay but will continue to inspire people for a long time to come.

In touring this magnicent facility, I respectfully enjoin us to please follow laid down rules for a hassle free tour. At this point, let me formally hand you over to staff of the museum who will take us on a guided tour of the museum.

I wish you all a wonderful tour today.

Thanks

Brenda Nwafor

Moderator POETOURISM 2022

 

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