ISBN 9789785657517
Pages 82
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2019
Publisher Malthouse Press, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Herding South

by Peter Omoko

In Herding South, Peter Omoko spotlights the dispossessed and dystopian fate of minority groups in Nigeria, and the fractured social equilibrium that pervades the land, with its polarising and destructive effect on the people’s psyche. Writing essentially as a troubled witness, the poet navigates through the horrifying pains and trauma of a people, instigated by the ineptitude and narrow-mindedness of their leadership. Omoko’s intention in this collection – to speak home-truth to power in order to reclaim the people’s humanity – is well delineated in the sardonic and emotive metaphors used in the poetry and the rhetorical force of its lines.

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“Peter Omoko’s “poetry is passionate, highly imagistic and sensuous, and possesses a special lyrical quality.” 

Tanure Ojaide, Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“In these poems, Peter Omoko adorns the gab of the griot to diagnose the socio-political ailments that afflict his homeland.”

Nduka Otiono

About the Author

Peter Omoko

Peter E. Omoko (Ph.D) is a playwright/scholar who teaches African oral literature, creative writing, African and European literatures at the Department of English, Delta State College of Education, Mosogar Delta State. Omoko is also an award-winning playwright. His published plays include Battles of Pleasure (2009), Three Plays (an anthology of plays, 2010), Uloho (2013), Crude Nightmen (2015) and Majestic Revolt (2016). 

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