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    Tanure Ojaide is one of the greatest living writers on the African continent. His artistic vocation is uncompromisingly reflective of African renaissance, socio-economic redemption of Africa, cultural rebirth of Africa and for the foremost part environmental regeneration of the African continent. Although Nigeria is his artistic provenance, but the energies of his art, transcend Nigerian frontiers. He is one writer that should be heard whenever he has something to say! I am at the moment considering his poetic repertoire for my doctoral research as it galvanises consciousness regarding the activities of the multinationals, the Nigerian govertnment and some renegades in the Niger delta. Their activities find resonance in environmental pollution, socio-economic quandary of Niger delta minorities and total marginalisation of these stock of Nigerians.

  2. Mba, Nonyelum Chibuzo says:

    Tanure Ojaide is an explorer, an analyst, a rare gem and a writer with great difference and landmark. He is a unique storyteller in poetic trousers. His artistic prowess transcends all artistic barriers.He possesses diverse qualities that permeate human life. His sharp wit radiates through his works which x-rays African society and beyond socially, economically, politically and even religiously. Though Ojaide holds firmly on oil and environmental issues, he spreads his tentacles through his mastery of other societal issues burging humanity. A male writer, yet with female outlook, browsing through Africa and beyond, assuage the African woman of the wolfish nature of patriarchy. His concern for women’s predicament in Africa even those engendered by oil exploration, transcends all bounds. Ojaide’s handling of women depicts reality. He counters stereotype roles of women, divulging their hidden talents and intelligentsia. He breaks through the wall of patriarchy, exhuming sterotypical agents, casting them off through the realm of exhilarating exploits thus recreating a new African womanfrom the carcass patriarchy. A comformist of modernity, globalization and yet adorned with the dignity of the African woman through self-actualizing drives. This is the main thrust of my Ph.D Thesis.

  3. Chibuzo Asomugha says:

    What Tanure Ojaide has done to force global attention on the Niger Delta question through his literary work far exceeds whatever Nigeria’s politicians and militants can ever do. Unlike the politicians Ojaide’s passion for the region’s cause is sincere and altruisic; unlike the militants his approach is neither self-annihilating nor savage. He exhibits great courage in wading through the mine field that has decimated such heroes as Ken Saro Wiwa. He doesn’t criminally slink away into the backwaters of the mangrove swamps; he doesn’t isolate himself in the septic safety of Abuja. He confronts the sordid realities of the region: the criminal devastation of the people and environment of the region by the oil cartels with the connivance of the ruling oligarchy, the consequent depletion of the people’s humanity, and the mental and spiritual filth heaped on the hopes of the region. To a large extent his characters come alive in 3-D colours. In the Activist he consciously creates characters who outgrow the borders of realism, and barge into the realms of the symbolic and the archetypal. In his central character, he creates an ambivalent type whose mental and ideological confusion underscores the point that human character neither affirms nor negates positive action. Someone asked me if I didn’t think that the title of the novel was rather very prosaic. I responded that if its ambiguously obvious titling attracts the cognomen of “prosaic”, the reader should adopt a more eclectic mindset to see that this obviousness is actually the book’s poetic forte. Ojaide’s poetry and fiction are readable making the necessary connect between literature and its audience.

  4. Tracey says:

    Hi – you know so much African poetry and this one is driving me crazy – I can’t find it anywhere. “There is ?but? one life for a” …
    goes on to let go of rock then at the end “but first I must ?overturn? the sand with my toes”. Are you familiar with this poem? Is it yours?

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