Search Underway for Missing Poet Gboyega Odubanjo Last Seen at Shambala Festival

Search Underway for Missing Poet Gboyega Odubanjo Last Seen at Shambala Festival


A poet named Gboyega Odubanjo, aged 27, has gone missing, leaving authorities in pursuit of clues about his whereabouts.

The last known location of Odubanjo was at the Shambala Festival held in Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire over the weekend.

This vibrant event, known for its diverse artistic performances, was where Odubanjo was scheduled to take the stage.

The poet, described as ‘loving and caring’ by his family, was last seen around 4 a.m. on Saturday during the festival.

Odubanjo, originally from Bromley in southeast London, was reportedly wearing a distinctive outfit when he was last sighted.


He was dressed in a red and white striped gilet, black clothing underneath, a cream-colored bucket hat, black trousers, and dark-colored shoes.

Notably, he stands at 5 feet 6 inches, wears glasses, and sports short black dreadlocks along with a full-face beard.

Concern and Appeal from Authorities and Family

Northamptonshire police have issued a plea to the public, urging anyone with information about Odubanjo’s whereabouts to come forward.

The disappearance of Odubanjo, considered ‘entirely out of character’ by his family, has raised profound concerns for his safety and well-being.

In an emotional appeal, his family described him as a person with a ‘warm and infectious personality, a contagious smile, and a heart full of kindness.’


They have reached out to the community and friends, as well as anyone who may have information, stressing that no piece of information is too small.

Their hope is that collective efforts will lead to Odubanjo’s safe return.

Promising Poet and Scholar

Gboyega Odubanjo is not just any poet; he achieved recognition in 2020 by winning the Poetry Business New Poets prize for his pamphlet titled “Aunty Uncle Poems” and received an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors.

Presently, he is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Hertfordshire and is involved as an editor for Bad Betty Press and the poetry magazine Bath Magg.

Call for Assistance from Festival Organizers

The Shambala Festival, known for hosting a diverse array of artistic performances including poets, musicians, comedians, and speakers, has joined the efforts to locate Odubanjo.


They have called upon anyone who possesses information regarding the missing poet to cooperate with the police.

Authorities’ Contact Information

Northamptonshire Police have provided contact information for reporting any sightings or information related to Gboyega Odubanjo.

They urge individuals to call 999 if they spot him. Alternatively, information can be reported by calling 101, quoting reference number MPD1/2619/23.

In a heartfelt message directed at Odubanjo, Northamptonshire Police pleaded, “Gboyega, if you see this appeal, please contact us or your loved ones – we need to make sure you are safe and OK.”

Commentary on Concern and Hope

The disappearance of a talented poet like Gboyega Odubanjo has understandably caused great concern among authorities, his family, and the artistic community.


The mysterious circumstances surrounding his absence underscore the need for collective support in searching for missing individuals.

The hope is that Odubanjo will be found safe and can continue to share his artistry with the world.

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