Ajibola Tolase

Ajibola Tolase is a Nigerian poet and essayist. He graduated from the creative writing MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His chapbook, Koola Lobitos is forthcoming as a part of the New Generation African Poets Series edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani in Spring 2021. His work has appeared in LitHub, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He is a 2021-2023 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

“Men have been in the business
of naming things since Adam named
the animals in the garden. We are men,
and on this basis alone our lord agrees
with whatever we christen a thing.”