A Mother In a Refugee Camp by Chinua Achebe (excerpt)

Achebe 1This a wonderful excerpt from a poem by Chinua Achebe. The poem is centered around a mother in a refugee camp, most likely during the Biafran war. The link between the past and present and the way war ruptures this is focused so articulately in the mother’s actions, combing her son’s hair. The foreshadowing, ‘like putting flowers on a tiny grave,’ anchors the poem rendering it heartbreaking yet somehow full of hope. Most people know Achebe as a great writer, not necessarily as a poet but his collection of poetry in Collected Poems by Chinua Achebe is a brilliant, tender, and humorous exploration of a range of topics many centered around the effects of war in Biafra, colonialism in Nigeria, and the poets own observations on life.

 

 

The firewood of this world/ Is only for those who can take heart/ That is why not all can gather it...[Professor Dr. Kofi Awoonor - A Tribute] (Songs of Sorrow I)
The firewood of this world/ Is only for those who can take heart/ That is why not all can gather it…[Professor Dr. Kofi Awoonor – A Tribute] (Songs of Sorrow I)

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka in Lagos, Nigeria by Devesh Uba. Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Soyinka is a Nigerian writer, notable especially as a playwright and poet; he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first person in Africa and the diaspora to be so honoured.  Devesh Uba is from Jaipur (India) living in Lagos. He enjoys doing street photography in Lagos. View his work at snapitoga.tumblr.com or look for ‘snapitoga’ on Instagram.
Wole Soyinka in Lagos, Nigeria by Devesh Uba.
Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Soyinka is a Nigerian writer, notable especially as a playwright and poet; he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first person in Africa and the diaspora to be so honoured.
Devesh Uba is from Jaipur (India) living in Lagos. He enjoys doing street photography in Lagos. View his work at snapitoga.tumblr.com or look for ‘snapitoga’ on Instagram.