Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Nigerian South-eastern City To Witness Presentation Of Poetry Book

In few days from today, Owerri, the capital city of Imo State in south-eastern Nigeria will witness another literary event, when a poet, Chioma Shedrach Enwerem will present her book titled "As The Sun Rises" to the reading public.

Information available to chidi opara reports indicated that the presentation of the eighty-seven-page book published by Liu House Of Excellence in Owerri will help to re-invigorate the literary scene in the city which produced notable female writers like Catherine Acholonu, Charity Ada Onwu and others.

Unconfirmed information has it that the presentation of the collection of poems whose author is a member of Association Of Nigerian Authors(ANA), will also provide a platform for the feuding members of ANA Imo State chapter to bury the hatchet.

A review by Chuks Oluigbo, made available to chidi opara reports, described the book as "a pageant of beautiful and engaging poems that deal with a wide variety of topical issues as well as recurrent existential human problems". The reviewer postulates that the poet "does so artistically and beautifully in a style of her own". Oluigbo further revealed that "the collection illuminates the creative vision associated with good poetry and distills issues concerning the polity with a keen sense of observation and a unique poetic diction".

The disinterest in literary endervours by youths in the present day Nigeria have been a source of worry in literary circles. We learnt that despite the institution of various literay prizes by business outfits and non governmental organizations(NGOs), the problem remains.

It will be noted that the Nigerian born internationally acclaimed novelist, Professor Chinua Achebe, whose entry into the literary world with the novel "Things Fall Apart" decades ago helped shaped the style of creative writing in Africa, had at the last Ahiajoku lecture in Owerri, bemoaned the lack of interest in literary endervours amongst the present day Nigerian youths.

Contacts close to the author and her publishers informed chidi opara reports in Owerri that arrangements for a hitch free book presentation have been concluded.