UK Police find body of missing Nigerian poet Gboyega Odubanjo


Police in the UK have found a body in the search for missing poet Gboyega Odubanjo who never arrived to perform at a festival in Northamptonshire.

The body was discovered during a search of an area in Kelmarsh just before 9 a.m on Thursday (31st August). Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

The 27-year-old, from Bromley in South London, had been due to perform at the event in Kelmarsh on Sunday, but did not turn up for his set.

Police added the search involved specially trained dogs, a dive team and volunteers from Northamptonshire Search & Rescue.

Novelist Ms Cin, who met Odubanjo on a poetry course ten years ago, said she became aware something was wrong when he failed to get in touch with her about her own reading.

While formal identification has not yet taken place, officers said the family of Odubajo, from Bromley in south-east London, had been informed and are being supported.

Northamptonshire police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Odubanjo’s pamphlet, Aunty Uncle Poems, was a winner of the Poetry Business New Poets prize in 2020.

He had also been the recipient of an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors and a Michael Marks pamphlet award.

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