Social Justice Through Creative Expression

Promoting African Literature through expressive platforms in Africa

WHO WE ARE

We are a youth-centric nonprofit with the goal of promoting Literature through which we amplify youth voices and create platforms for literary and creative expression across African communities.

Our Model

— Open Mics

COAL’S Open Mic is an event of performances in genres such as spoken word poetry, short story readings and music performances from various artists in the creative space all weaved together to further Civic Engagement. Open Mic allows the audience and literary professionals to constructively critique various literary and creative works.

—Book Readings

This is a book reading event which features, literary and civic discussions, interactions and a book review with the guest author.  COAL’s Book readings serves the dual purpose of encouraging not just a reading culture within our immediate working community but also the reading of African literature by making these available and adding the allure of interacting with the author. 

—Community
Engagement

We are passionate about community engagement that creates social impact through the execution of community-focused projects with a focus on Civic Engagement,  Education, girls and women’s issues. We are moved in general to creating community impact on issues affecting the greater good of humanity

OUR PROJECTS

— COAL School Clubs

The “Catch them young” mantra is as old as time itself. The school club tries to improve the reading culture amongst students in the hope that this would translate into a deep discipline for reading and learning for pleasure. It also hopes to expose these students to other avenues of expression e.g. spoken word poetry.

— COAL Lit Store

After recognizing the difficulty faced in accessing African literature; the inability to exchange or recycle old books for new ones considering the cost of books and the stringent payment structures of most stores limiting the variety of books most book lovers can purchase. COAL’s Literature store seeks to make books affordable and available to individuals who need them.

— Spoken Rhythm

Spoken Rhythm is our annual literary event staged to promote consumer-friendly poetry through entertaining performances accompanied by live music and theatre.

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IMPACT STORIES

Job Ayuba

COAL is creating an inspiring learning community for young people.

Rachael Msendoo

In the Chronicles of Literature COAL deserves the alpha as well as the omega pages *applauds*

PARTNERS

HELP US TAKE
SPOKEN WORD POETRY
TO SCHOOLS IN AFRICA

 

 

Beyond the regular formal education obtained in Nigeria and other African countries, we want to create an avenue where teens and young adults can express themselves through literary education powered by spoken word poetry.