DAVID ISHAYA OSU
David Ishaya Osu (b. October 27, 1991) is a poet, memoirist, editor, street photographer and wanderer. He is an associate poetry editor of Plenitude Magazine, the photography and arts editor of Cọ́n-scìò magazine, and the poetry editor of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. He currently serves as a board member of Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation based in Uganda.
His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies across Nigeria, Uganda, the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, India, Bangladesh, France, South Africa, Austria, and elsewhere. He has read and performed in several cities: Abuja, Bangor, Canterbury, Jos, Kaduna, Keffi, Lagos, London, among others.
His poetry has been translated into Hausa, Bengali and Nepali.
David studied urban and regional planning for six (6) years at the Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria, but left without a degree. In 2018, he moved to England where he bagged an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from the University of Kent.
He has received honours, awards and fellowships including: the Ebedi International Writers Residency; WWN Poetry4ChangeAfrica travel grant; full fee-waiver International Scholarship, the University of Kent; the John Masefield Memorial Fund, from the Society of Authors; the White Pube Writers Grant. He has received a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Ink Sweat and Tears nomination, and a honourable mention for the National Poetry Contest in honour of Professor Remi Raji.
He has facilitated creative writing workshops, served as poetry judge for several prizes, and in 2018, was a guest writer at the University of Stockton, New Jersey. He has also worked as a bookseller, as a journalist, an urban development control intern, a museum assistant and as a bathroom singer.
He is the author of the poetry chapbook When I’m Eighteen (WRR, 2020) and the hybrid chapbook of poetry/prose/photography Once in a Blue Life (2020). David has finished work on his full-length poetry collection and is currently working on a second poetry collection and a hybrid book of prose.