ISBN 9781957296302
Pages 158
Dimensions 229x152mm
Published 2024
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

History and Its True Colors

Poems

by Tanure Ojaide

History and Its True Colors is the poet’s reflection on history from the multiple positionalities of creativity and self, personal relations, society, nationality, race, humanity, and life. The nine unique and yet interrelated movements of the collection not only memorialize the African past but also represent the journey to the past, for its remains still affect human experiences today. It is a past that has not fully passed because the past and the present are connected and capable of shaping the future. The poems also reflect a journey within and without the poet’s life experiences.

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About the Author

Tanure Ojaide

A renowned poet, Tanure Ojaide has won major national and international poetry awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award (1988), twice the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988 and 1997), and thrice the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Prize (1988, 1994 and 2004. In 2016 Ojaide was awarded the the prestigious Fonlon-Nichols Award at the 42nd annual African Literature Association (ALA) conference in Atlanta.

For Tanure Ojaide, "the creative writer is never an airplant, but someone who is grounded in some specific place. It is difficult to talk of many writers without their identification with place. Every writer's roots are very important in understanding his or her work." He has read from his poetry in different fora in Africa, Britain, Canada, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, and the United States. Some of his poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, Spanish and French. He is currently the Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Visit Tanure Ojaide's website here: http://www.tanureojaide.com/