ISBN 9789781564994
Pages 132
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2002
Publisher Fourth Dimension Publishing Company, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Where I was Born

by Ikeogu Oke

'...in effect the African poet or writer, like his counterparts from other regions of the globe, is essentially an individual...and his works equally reveal that in literature, reality is not infrequently coloured by the writer's own unique perspective... Whether an African poet may adopt any verse form, whether free, bound, local, alien, avant-garde or whatnot, and in doing so still communicate African values effectively, that should be a matter for choice and ability on the part of the poet... I am of the view that African values can be dressed up in any poetic garment...' - a collection of poetry notable for its simplicity and directness. The poet is a veteran anti-corruption campaigner.

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About the Author

Ikeogu Oke

Ikeogu Oke won the 2017 Nigeria Prize for Literature with The Heresiad, is book of epic poetry. His poems and other writings have appeared in journals, anthologies and other publications worldwide. He has performed his poems at various fora in Nigeria, South Africa and the United States, including as a special performance poet guest of Brown University in 2014. He graduated with a BA in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar and an MA in Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In 2010, Nadine Gordimer, the winner of the 1991 Noble Prize in Literature, selected Salutes without Guns, his second collection of poems, as her Book of the Year for the Times Literary Supplement

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