Laurels for a fine poet
Ikeogu Oke is not new to Nigeria’s literati. Africa’s foremost novelist, Chinua Achebe, whom he had a personal relationship with, once described him as “a very fine poet.” Farther afield, the Nobel laureate, Nadine Gordimer, wrote concerning him, “[There is] no end to the wide illumination in the protean gifts of this man.” At age…
In defence of Nigerian poets
Besides, a book can enjoy wide distribution, depending on the clout and resources of the author and publisher, without having literary merit, and vice-versa.
Olaoba, historian and poet bows
Professor Olufemi Olaoba was not only prolific in African history but erudite in African law, indigenous arbitration and conflict studies.