Achebe: Man Of Letters. By Nwokpoku Samuel C.

Man of Letters
by Samuel Nwokpoku Chukwudi

Man of letters,
Son of Ogidi
Your father named you Chinua,
A priest christened you Albert
But i call you man of letters
For the world still feeds on your spicy stories…

Chinua, man of letters
You were gifted with the voice of a gong
And the world quakes beneath
Your rich vibrant voice
A voice laden and laced with a lustrous lilt
Of ancient story telling.

Chinua, man of letters
You embroidered African tradition
With mouth-watering tales
And with your works you won numerous awards,
Awards that have footed your footprints
In the sand of time.

Chinua, Man of the People
You were patriotic-
You fervently fought for our freedom
And blatantly criticised the white bastards…
The bastards who raped our fatherland
And murdered our motherland.
You made them know that black skin is not a disease,
That black race is not doomed,
That blacks are also normal humans.

Chinua, man of letters
Today is married to an eclipse
Necropolis gossips your absence in my heart
And bitter tears well up in my eyes
As i brood about your demise…
But my heart swells with pride
When i remember your inimitable footprints
And my poetry rises in chants to extol you…

Man of letters,
Son of Ogidi
Your father named you Chinua,
A priest christened you Albert
But i call you man of letters
For the world still feeds on your spicy stories…

About the Author.
Samuel Nwokpoku Chukwudi hails from Ikwo in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. He is a poet and short story writer. He has performed some of his poems in some institutions and literary gatherings in Nigeria. He has a Nigeria Certificate in Education in English and Igbo Languages from Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo. He is a teacher of English Language.



One thought on “Achebe: Man Of Letters. By Nwokpoku Samuel C.” by Izunna Okafor (@Izunnaokafor)

  1. A fitting tribute, sir! But too much emphasis on a generalised invective, it strikes me as a case of fighting stereotypes with counter-stereotypes…

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