Abdulkareem Abdulkareem


Ilorin, KW
Kwara NG

Author's Bio

Abdulkareem Abdulkareem (he/him) is a Nigerian writer and linguist. He loves writing about everything that trembles his heart, and everything that softens it. He studied Linguistics from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He is a recipient of the Hill Top Creative Writing Award for Excellence, 2023. He won the University of Ilorin Students Union Writers Competition (Poetry Category) 2022. He was shortlisted for the top entries of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize (NSPP) 2021, shortlisted for the Vallum Poetry Award, 2022 and longlisted for the Palette Poetry Previously Published Poetry Prize, 2023. 

He is an alumnus of the SprinNG Writing Fellowship 2022. His works appear and are forthcoming on POETRY Magazine, MIZNA, National Museum of Language, Poetry Wales, Waxwing, Nat Brut, SAND Journal, Qwerty Magazine, Lolwe, Southern Humanities Review, South Florida Poetry Journal, Rough Cut Press, West Trade Review,  Off Topic Publishing, Orion’s Belt, Better Than Starbucks, Aster Lit, The Write City, Poetry Column-NND, Words and Whispers, Afro Literary Magazine, The Shore Poetry, Brittle Paper, Rulerless Magazine, Lumiere Review, Claw and Blossom, Olney Magazine, FERAL, Kissing Dynamite, & elsewhere. He is currently a poetry reader at Agbowó Magazine and Frontier Poetry. He is a member of the Frontiers Collective. He tweets @panini500bc Instagram: @panini_500bc

Publications & Prizes

Chicago Writers Association’s Write City Blog
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Poetry Magazine
Poetry Wales
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Prizes won: 

Won the University of Ilorin S.U. Writers Competition (Poetry Category), Shortlisted for the Vallum Poetry Award, 2022, shortlisted for the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize, 2021. Shortlisted for the Palette Poetry Previously Published Poetry Prize, 2023. A recipient of the Hill Top Creative Writing Award for Excellence. 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Niyi Osundare, Kaveh Akbar, Safia Elhillo, Ocean Vuong, Ilya Kaminsky, O-jeremiah Agbaakin, Adedayo Agarau, Romeo Oriogun, Saddiq Dzukogi, Franny Choi, Jericho Brown, Hanif Abdurraqib, Li-Young Lee and Andrew Hemmert.
What I'm reading now: 
Rhinehart Frames by Cheswayo Mphanza

More Information

Gives readings: 
Identifies as: 
BIPOC, Black, Muslim
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Born in: 
Ilorin, KW
Raised in: 
Ilorin, KW
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Last update: May 07, 2023