Adiela Akoo
Most Recent Book Title
Lost in a Quatrain
Book Description
Lost in a Quatrain is a thought-provoking read on a journey to becoming, a journey of hope and healing. It is a quick, yet deep, soul-stirring read with each poem telling a story that pieces together the puzzle of this crazy, not always romantic, experience we call life. First Runner-Up in the South African Independent Publisher Awards 2021.
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Location (city/state/country)
South Africa
Author bio
Adiela Akoo, a recipient of the prestigious Dux Award, is a South African poet, author, and all-round creative, with a background in banking and comprehensive healing.

She has served in various positions including as Provincial Coordinator for an International holistic healing association. As an ambassador of literacy, she also volunteered her time in the position of vice-chair of the Literacy Association of South Africa, KZN. But her passion has always been towards her creative side. She attributes the inculcation of her love for the written word to her mother, who encouraged her at an early age.

Her poems and essays first appeared in print in the quarterly literary journal, The Moving Finger, for which she was one of the three co-founders. She has since been published in a variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies across the world, including Best of Africa, Best Emerging Poets of 2019, Best New African Poets of 2020, ILA Magazine, and others.

She won the Poetry in my Mind August 2019 Poem Contest with her poem "As You Perceive" and again in April 2020 with her poem "VIRUS". "Redolent" was a runner-up in a contest by Rui M Publishing, "Pre Natal" was nominated Poem of the Day on the popular poetry site PoemHunter and "A Scent on a Breeze" was picked up for publishing by Nightingale & Sparrow. "Whiplash" was quoted in the House of Parliament.

Her activities on the literary scene include participation in public readings of her work, live and on-air; being a guest of honour at the opening address of the MSA of the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus, where she had the pleasure of interacting with promising young poets; being a judge at the Zee TV Miss India South Africa International Pageant; a guest speaker at literary festivals like The Alan Paton Literary Festival; and the Madibaland World Literary Festival. She has also represented the Durban UNESCO City of Literature in collaborations with other cities of literature.

Adiela was nominated as one of the Top 7 'Most Promising Literary Influencers' at the Global Book Community Awards 2020. She has also received The Silver Star Award from the Global Literary Society for her excellent contribution to world literature. Her debut collection, Lost in a Quatrain, was the first runner-up for poetry at the South African Independent Publisher Awards 2021
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

- May every being not just learn but MASTER the language of Tolerance, Peace, and Love

- Faith CAN move mountains

  • Lost in a Quatrain by Adiela Akoo. First Runner-Up for poetry in the South African Independent Publisher Awards 2021

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