In honor of the loving memory of our young writer friend Carolyn Banks Ose (1994 – 2016)

Carolyn Banks Ose

Carolyn Banks Ose (1994 – 2016)

Bravearts Africa has just lost a friend of the house and a young promising writer Carolyn Banks Ose. Born Carolyn Imoisili, she has written poems, short stories and reviews under the pen name Carolyn Banks or Carolyn Banks Ose.

I will say a little of Carolyn, who is a good friend of mine — and then let a few of her writings do the rest. A promising writer has been cut short in her sunrise, after a 6-day illness a few weeks ago. Carolyn is one gem lost to the pain of death!

I got to know Carolyn in 2014 December, when I got a phone call from her, giving a reader feedback on how she enjoyed my second work Softlie. She was Lagos-based and I was based in Osun State but at that time travelled to Imo State within the space of one year. I didn’t meet the cool and kindhearted Carolyn in person till she died, but her personal goodness and her sparkling love for literature and the arts shone through our conversations on writing so much that we got to do literary projects together that made me realize what a good and promising young writer Carolyn was.

First, she opted to write the review of my poetry book Softlie. And then, she let me see a really mature flash fiction she just finished writing and I had it a guest post on my blog. We at Bravearts Africa opted to publish it in Bravearts Magazine (now Bravearts Africa Magazine) — the first issue. Also, a poetry virtual composition collaboration we did together really stretched my creativity prowess and we came up with a poem good enough to appear on the international literary online magazine Brittle Paper. We titled the poem “Even”. Carolyn was that really good and promising! And now, we have lost both a good friend and a promising writer!

A few of the writings of our good friend Carolyn Banks Ose during her life includes, but is not at all limited to, the following. Please, enjoy in honor of her loving memory.

• Cockroach — a flash fiction—as Guest Post in Kayode Taiwo Olla’s Blog & as an entry in Bravearts PDF Magazine 2015 Vol 1

The Dance of the Blind — a poem—in The Bombay Review

Even — a collaborative poem—in Brittle Paper

I will put my pen to paper — an email—published in honor of her memory

 

The family of the deceased will publish and release a collection of all her literary writings posthumously soon, we were told during a chat conversation with a brother of hers a few days ago. We were also told that part of the proceeds from her book sales will go to charity. We enjoin our readers in Nigeria and elsewhere to help commemorate her life by buying her work for you and friends and families.

We regret the irrecoverable loss of our writer friend. And we pray that God gives the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear this loss. May the gentle her soul rest in perfect peace.

Adieu, Carolyn Banks Ose!

—-Kayode Taiwo Olla

For Bravearts Africa Team

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