The poet’s predominant theme in the collection is pain. And this is portrayed in the opening poems in the work. In the poem: “What it means to Mourn,” the poet persona is pained that a thing is allowed to die, even though the very reason for nurturing it is to keep it alive.
Author: Olatunbosun Michael
The Ogale priesthood is his family’s legacy, one which brings so much prestige and honour to the family of his father.
It opens with Oba Arilesire’s worry about the persistent invasion of Okeho, his domain, by the Fulanis and Dahomey.
Thus, the book, Release, Rehabilitate, Reintegrate (Agenda of a better justice system), published in 2023 by Omobude Legal Aid Network, addresses the very soul of Nigeria’s criminal justice system, the correctional services and the policy makers, pricking them to the need for a change of approach.
The book: “A Short Stroll Along History Avenue,” opens with the author’s deep eulogy of Ibadan.
The book: “The Back Seat (Senik, 2023),” seeks to spread awareness about bullying and how it affects friendships. Mathew Oseni, the young author, equally wrote the book for children six to 18 years.
Last week, I started the review of the work: “Sòròsókè: An #EndSARS Anthology,” a collection of poems written by Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora, published in 2022 by Noirledge. The editors of the anthology, Jumoke Verissimo and James Yékú, indicated that the work is primarily a collection of poetic protests against the Nigerian state’s treatment of protesters at Lekki Tollgate in October 2020. The anthology, noted the editors, is “to preserve the memory of those who stood, fell, and died as they sought a better country … so that we will never forget it (p9).” This week, I bring you the concluding part of my review.
Ifesinachi Nwadike and the Biafra conundrum in: ‘How Morning Remembers the Night: A Review,’ by Michael Olatunbosun
Our focus today is a volume of two-in-one books, and the two books are tributes to two great national icons. The two icons are Chief Bola Ige (SAN) and his wife, Justice Atinuke Ige. The books are titled: She Gave Me Roots and He Gave Me Wings, (2023, Purplebloom) written by their daughter, Mrs Funso Adegbola.
The play: “When Big Masquerades Dance Naked (Noirledge, 2023),” is Olubunmi Familoni’s latest offering. Familoni is a multi-award winning playwright, poet, children’s book and short fiction writer, who has to his name, the ANA/Abubakar Gimba Prize for Short Stories in 2015 with his work, Smithereens of Death; the ANA Prize for Children’s literature in 2020, with his work, I’ll Call My Brother For You, among others.
There are 20 writers and 20 stories, all arranged into six thematic divisions in this fantastic book edited by Ezinne Ibe and Ngozi Onyesom