For Sir Wole Soyinka on his birthday: I.) Tell us who he is not For who he is- we already know: Of plays and letters The poet, the laureate; Chief Baroka, the cunning old Lion Ake and the Black Orpheus. II.) Tell not of confinements nor trials Of brother Jero: Lagos ’67 or Kaduna ’79 … Continue reading 13 VERSES OF JULY (a Poetic Memior for Wole Soyinka)
Legs freeze jelly-numb, breath watered to flakes From a distant shore, he longs, Glued to a doubter’s dream, the image Sought to crush his heart, to flash The sore of his love back in icy waves; Words sleek beyond players ranting, Beyond passion imaginable… But no, she said Three comb teeth … Continue reading No, She Said
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.” – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar How can a word … Continue reading Achebe Is Not Dead
There was a Country: A personal history of Biafra (2012) and IBADAN: The Penkelemes years (1994) stands out as not just a collection of realistic experiences, but a socio-political commentary that captures the bygone events in Nigeria with its attendant relevance to contemporary society. It is a sad a reminder of the historical actualities as … Continue reading Memoirs as Tools for National Mobilization: A review of Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country:A personal history of Biafra and Wole Soyinka’s Ibadan: The Penkelemes years
The yuletide season always brings me childhood nostalgia. It’s almost as though Christmas is for children, the food, the new clothes…oh the new clothes. I was heartbroken when I got from school (university) one year and I was told ‘no Christmas cloth for you’. Forget what you heard this life is just one big crusty … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season of Nostalgia
Written, with much respect and recognition of their inspiration, in response to Soyinka and Clark’s poems, … hopefully, it’d be the third member of the trilogy of “Abiku” I. Again You have come, Visitor That never overstays. I laugh at your cries; An echo of the first time You rented My now weary womb. Do you see … Continue reading Abiku, A Cackle For Your Cries
Character: ‘Say-Tokyo-Kid’ Book: ‘The Road’ Author: Wole Soyinka. ‘The Road’ is a complex drama. It could be said to be a series of interactions between various characters at a motor park/drivers’ community over the course of a single day. But it is also a discussion of Death. The road itself becomes a symbol of both … Continue reading Say Tokyo Kid.