The Khalil Gibran Society (KGS), with its Africa regional office in Nigeria in conjunction with the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) and the Gibran National Committee (GNC) in Lebanon are set to commemorate 90 years of Khalil Gibran’s death with Poetry and Art Anthology.
This was contained in a statement issued by Wole Adedoyin, KGS Africa regional Coordinator who is also one of the organizers of the project.
Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist. He is best known as the author of The Prophet, which was first published in the United States in 1923 and has since become one of the best-selling books of all time, having been translated into more than 100 languages.
Kahlil Gibran was the key figure in a Romantic movement that transformed Arabic literature in the first half of the twentieth century. One of his books titled “The Prophet” provides timeless spiritual wisdom on a range of subjects, including giving, eating and drinking, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, teaching, time, pleasure, religion, death, beauty and friendship. Corresponding to each chapter are evocative drawings by Gibran himself.
Gibran explored literary forms as diverse as “poetry, parables, fragments of conversation, short stories, fables, political essays, letters, and aphorisms.
According to Adedoyin, “Year 2021 marks 90 years since the Late Khalil Gibran left this world. In order to celebrate 90 years of great impacts made by him and his numerous works, Khalil Gibran Society in collaboration with the Gibran National Committee in Lebanon and the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) will soon call for entries in poetry and art works (mainly paintings and drawings) for its proposed poetry and art anthology in commemoration of 90 years of Khalil Gibran’s death”.
The press statement finally urged writers and artists across the globe to submit their entries once the call for entries is out.