Tag Archives: Su’eddie Agema

Of Achebe, Abuja and Airplanes

Of Achebe, Abuja and Airplanes

You know you have arrived in Abuja by the slack in activities and movement. The place is calm and laid back, at peace with itself. Hausa is in the air, subliminally present; one can almost see the sonorous language floating above the tree tops. Upon my arrival, I breathed in the air of the land … Continue reading Of Achebe, Abuja and Airplanes

IN MEMORIAM (Two poems from Bring Our Casket Home)

IN MEMORIAM (Two poems from Bring Our Casket Home)

For Dana who took our loved ones to a place where they are smiling – I hope…   IMMORTALITY I take in of several breaths expelling them in verses where I sing your fame praying the words blot out what shame mortality robes us all with in hope of blessed sanctity where you would lie … Continue reading IN MEMORIAM (Two poems from Bring Our Casket Home)

The Sweetness Of The Burden Of Motherhood

The Sweetness Of The Burden Of Motherhood

Today’s world gives little credence to mothers or people. Many times, they are just there. Other times, we remember them and send some word: ‘Hey Mum, thanks’…Or maybe we remember we have a caring mum…and forget. Many mothers aren’t really the traditional mothers we used to know. Forgive me, I am African and know that … Continue reading The Sweetness Of The Burden Of Motherhood

Not a Poet’s Verse but an Everyday Note: A Critique of Terver Chieshe’s He Calms the Storms

Not a Poet’s Verse but an Everyday Note: A Critique of Terver Chieshe’s He Calms the Storms

Most readers these days especially of poetry adopt the scanning system. They look at a piece of work in a few seconds, appraise  and discard it. Such a reader would skim through the first pages of introduction or maybe, not even look at it at all. You see the Preface where the author says the … Continue reading Not a Poet’s Verse but an Everyday Note: A Critique of Terver Chieshe’s He Calms the Storms

A Certain Induction – Shrine Tale

A Certain Induction – Shrine Tale

A certain induction After the several songs, thoughts, losses and all, the voice gently cried, “Time.” It was enough. Two decades and more coming in the fusion of words brought together to form slight lines of verses and stanzas. The songs sprang out while the others threw the pretence, coming in chants. A servant, the … Continue reading A Certain Induction – Shrine Tale

Ns Meet: The Face Of Emmanuella; The Voice Of Jeff – Strangers

Ns Meet: The Face Of Emmanuella; The Voice Of Jeff – Strangers

For my friends,  @Emmanuella-Nduonofit and @jeffunaegbu at ANA 30th Convention, Abuja (In lieu of a Preface for the tale)…Fulfilling obligations in the hope this wins a post by 20th, my very own personal New Year…to clear me of all debts…   They talk of the two One of them blunt The second a poet well … Continue reading Ns Meet: The Face Of Emmanuella; The Voice Of Jeff – Strangers

Christmas Changes

Christmas Changes

YEAR: 2010 LOCATION: New Karu, Nassarawa State On another Christmas day, I stay smiling, the harmattan allowing us to wear our suits for once. It was shocking to start receiving messages on the 24th. Wasn’t expecting anything of such, with Facebook, the likes and all. I thought that like birthdays, all messages would be parcelled … Continue reading Christmas Changes

All In A Name

All In A Name

If you want to get the word out, you can telegraph, telephone or tell-a-woman… :)   SUGHUR-SHA-TER-AÔNDO-KWA-HEMBA-U-GA   Sughur-sha-ter-aôndo-kwa-hemba-u-ga Screams my name Fully knit without the apostrophe Cutting the impact of a lot   It was the same 28 letters Singing distortingly beautiful lips That gave me thoughts You asked what it was “Like it?” … Continue reading All In A Name

Let There Be Light And Tales One Shouldn’t Tell

Let There Be Light And Tales One Shouldn’t Tell

LET THERE BE LIGHT   It was our Genesis The beginning of a continuation Of our potentials’ quick Exodus   Then every ruler shouted promises From electricity (ropes) to hope: ‘Let there be light!’   Trust NEPA The darkness pervades our lives Wearing us gloom   The Problem Has Changed Name Corporation stole forth Promising … Continue reading Let There Be Light And Tales One Shouldn’t Tell