In Acts of Crucifixion, Nigerian poet Kechi Nomu’s poems feel simultaneously futuristic, immediate, and ancient. What is initially striking about this work is the feeling of synchronicity, of interconnectivity, that the poet skillfully constructs with her fluid handling of time and character. Especially striking (in a moment where the semi- or fully autobiographical I am the sole concern of many poems and collections of poems) are all the people in Nomu’s poems— poems populated with lovers, fathers, mothers, boys, Eves, and ghosts—speak- ing and spoken about in cacophony to give this work a feeling of congregation.
PREFACE by Safia Elhillo₦1,500.00₦1,500.00
The book is an anthology, a collection of poems that when put together tells a tale of love, the ups and down!
The beautiful and awesome moments, those moments when you just wanna end it all but still love conquers all. When deciding to pick a perspective, I decided to pick the perspective of a man, a lot of movies and books are usually told from the point of view of a lady, making the male gender feel like the ones always on the wrong side. So I decided to wear the shoes of a broken man, whose only offense was falling in love…₦2,500.00₦2,500.00
The Script of Bruises is a collection of twenty-one poems that deploy the body as a template to depict the pains of being female or human or being sentenced for the crime of one’s body is what it is.
It is about space and the politics surrounding belonging and identity. Ultimately, The Script of Bruises plumbs the depth of repressed pain with the aim of orchestrating a reunion with one’s humanity.₦1,500.00₦1,500.00
The void of an ideological premise within the current generation appears to have been filled up by the recently published, ambitious work of Umar Abubakar Sidi’s The Poet of Dust.
The collection is a grand statement of the arrival of a sage with a refined consciousness that both instructs and prescribes a sense of direction and purpose for the generation. Sidi’s work is a grand theorization of poetry, representative of the ideological motive of the emerging generation both in its experimentation with style, form, and language.
A trend E.E. Sule describes as the “exogenous aesthetics” because of the generation’s obsession with and romance of foreign aesthetics and metaphors. It is a collection reminiscent of the “Euro-modernist” tradition. Published in 2019 by KONYASHAMSRUMI, the collection can best be described as a contemporary poetry dictionary. It is assured, confident, and invocative of a philosopher’s imagination. Like Osundare’s Poetry is, the Poet of Dust is a poetry manifesto of a generation lurked between post-modernism and tradition.”₦2,000.00₦2,000.00
The poems in this Chapbook capture the incessant problems wrecking the poet’s homeland.
From the ravaging effects of the Bokoharam insurgency in Northern Nigeria to the frightening reality of victims of war in Syria, the poet presents to us the grim pictures of our collective tribulations.
The book serves as a way of documenting the years of aches and experiences of people who carried and continue to carry bits of smoldered dreams.₦1,500.00₦1,500.00
The ‘Taxi Driver and Other Poems is a collection of poems that reflect our contemporary realities and draw attention to neglected conversations. The collection shows keen observations and the use of humor embellishes it well.₦2,500.00₦2,500.00
In ‘The colorful secrets of Abstract Things’part-tribute to Lagos and Nigeria, ‘Dele Abiodun takes us on a journey through the mirage of life and the grim reality of death. You may meet yourself in ‘The Greatest Scam of all Time’; and you may hear your mother’s voice in Évery Girl’s Dream’. You may know the girl in ‘Snip and Tuck’ or the one in ‘Wrong Warning’; or you may be the man in; The Monster Society Made’.Infused with Nigerian colloquialisms, this collection is crafted with passion, precision, and humor; and its nine themes, hold a promise for the varied interests of the African mind.₦3,500.00₦3,500.00
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A Booktiful Love is a collection of poems that deal with the entirety of human experience in its various forms. Didactically rich, the poems explore ideas ranging from love, relationships, and patriotism to marriage, morality, and many other concepts pertinent to daily living.
Given its variety of themes, what unifies the poems in this collection is the simplicity and ambiguousness of language which the poet employs. The poems draw their strength from their clarity and meaning. These are poems with a purpose. Poet Tolu’ A. Akinyemi didn’t shy away from this fact, as he wrote in the poems “Writers” and “Write for Rights.”₦2,500.00₦2,500.00
OH, THE WEBS WE WEAVE…
For his seventh poetry collection, Tolu’ has turned his attention to that old adage – no one in a writer’s life may have secrets. A vibrant, human exploration of the way in which words and deeds connect all of us, and the tiniest movements which span out across continents.
Tolu writes powerfully on family, love, loss, and with a scorching curiosity for the world around us. His readers will be familiar with his inimitable style, and this latest collection does not disappoint.₦2,500.00₦2,500.00
Black ≠ Inferior is a collection of poems divided into 2 parts.
The first part is a collection of thematically linked poems exploring Blackness and the myriads of issues it attracts.
The second part oscillates themes— talking about consent, a query of death, a celebration of love among others. In his usual style, this collection deals with weighty matters like race and colorism with simple and clear language.
In Black ≠ Inferior, we see Tolu’ Akinyemi reacting in response to the world, to issues that affect Black people. Here, we see a poet shedding off his burdens through his poems; hence, the beauty of this collection is in the issues it attempts to address. In this collection, Tolu’ wears a coat of many colors – he is a preacher, a prophet, a doctor, and a teacher.₦2,500.00₦2,500.00
This collection of poems covers the expanse of human experience: love, life, death… They draw you into Oloyede’s world, a world where feelings and emotions take shape and breathe life through the sorcery of words.
Mastery of language is one of the grandest heights of man’s intelligence. Man, we love words, be it in stories or songs or the lyricism of poetry. This is why Oloyede’s collection of poetry is a marvel. We open its pages to see words in their most flowery form. Oloyede has a witty sense of style and he bends words to soothe his own meaning like a master blacksmith beats iron into shape.
Like all true poets of conscience, Oloyede also took the time to write about the fate of his country and the malaise of corruption that besieges it.
This is Oloyede’s first offering. And it is worth holding with awe.₦2,500.00₦2,500.00
African Romance is eloquent poetry in dialogue, the intriguing outcome of an estranged relationship. Tormented by a neglecting husband, Mallama uncharacteristically lashes out. Taunted by the profligate infidelity of her spouse and the outright ignorance of her kinsmen, she reproves the society….lamenting her woes as it were. The conversational style of the elegy turns and twists to a denouement of a wilful separation….he to his philandering, she into the warm embrace of a cocooned admirer. The universal hopelessness of the romance is aptly captured by a dim-wit.₦3,500.00₦3,500.00
The Poetic Man is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African Nigerian poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African Nigerian poets have participated.
No pleasures are more aesthetic than poetry and man, so it is only natural that the two should unite. The Poetic Man brings to the fore a neglected and vital means of considering poetry by African Nigerians. It is a relentless dismantling of identity, a difficult jewel of poems.₦3,000.00₦3,000.00
Questioning Voices is a collection of 80 poems, written in free verse. The poems are told in different voices seeking to be heard. They deal with themes ranging from the political to everyday social issues and the economic to the religious. It is segmented into six parts – the Introit, Conversations, Voices, Homeland, Love themes, and Tributes.₦1,000.00₦1,000.00
CUP OF TEA is a 60poem journal filled with a variety of topics about life at different phases and spaces in time. It is a blend of multiple emotions and thoughts which leaves the reader with a little more than words in lines; giving context and meaning to various elements that frame our lives and the world around us – relationships, love, governance, gender, etc₦3,000.00₦3,000.00
Songs of 21st Century Children is an anthology of poems that defines the ‘18 and under’ of our present century. Many adults that are older tend to find us unusual, hence creating a gulf of communication and understanding. This anthology should provide adults with a guide on the several thoughts that run through our minds.
This book seeks to provide a platform for self-consciousness and a sense of belonging for the 21st Century Children. The book will prove that young people around the world are not alone, it will prove that we all think alike, so we must make the crooked paths straight, regardless of the background.₦750.00₦750.00
This, yet another soul-searching collection, can best be described as a letter. Festus Okwekwe through series of them sends a strong message to the society. He gives thought-provoking revelations and makes claims (and counterclaims) that spur serious discussions.
This comes as a deliberate effort to break the culture of silence and smash the imaginary glass boundaries of ‘know your place’ which people, especially the females, have been subjected to at one point or the other and against which some have wondered time and again – what would truly happen if we shattered it?₦3,500.00
Call it a life manual for the girl-child and you wouldn’t be wrong. But Letter to Lilly goes beyond that. It is a collection of poems that preaches defiance against accepted order. In this collection, the poet wastes no time in declaring her intentions.
In Burn she charged with a voice full of strength:
Burn, lady. Burn.
Fuel your aspirations
and deposit a refining fire in the
core of this crude scheme of things.
For centuries, the girl-child has been taught to play second fiddle, her roles relegated to home keeping and children grooming. But women like Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Nina Simone, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and a host of others have always rebelled against that wrong order and inspired others to do the same. This is what the poet has done in this collection of fire and brimstone, telling every girl that will hold this collection that she is:
A unique gift from above,
a force to reckon with and a sight to behold:
You are the budding flowers of the hibiscus,
the pride and hide of your land
and the reason your land is seasoned.₦2,500.00₦2,500.00
Hope is Not Far Away…
Everybody Don Kolomental is a collection of poems that deal with everyday universal struggles. Tolu’ peddles hope to the lost and hopeless and pulls at the emotional strings of the heart in this collection of heartfelt poems. The collection mirrors life through the eyes of a deep-thinker and wordsmith.
Poet Tolu’ A. Akinyemi knows the gravity of mental health struggles and uses his words as a soothing balm to heal readers of this collection.₦2,500.00₦2,500.00
Kasie is an Igbo word that means “be comforted”. This best explains the central theme of this book. Somehow, life and providence comfort us. The book is divided into three parts. It starts with an introduction written in the form of letters. They speak of pain and the quest for answers. Titled, ‘Flashes of Pain’, it is more about the tortured soul of a grieving dad. It captures my struggles and feelings for my daughter. Part two is titled, ‘Love’ and contains my thoughts and words about love and the many ways it manifested in my life. Part three, ‘Utopia’, contains poems related to my views on life and what life means to me. It tells the story of my life with my kids. Some of the works here are just words. They may not fit the tag of poetry but they are my unvarnished words in their rawest form. I decided to do this collection for two reasons – I do not ever want the world to forget my daughter. In these words, here, I celebrate her short life. I celebrate my love for her and the joy she brought to my heart. The second reason is that I hope that by reading this book, it may comfort those going through pain and help others to understand the pain of loss, especially the loss of a child. The biggest pain of loss is the loneliness you feel in the midst of a crowd because they cannot contemplate what you are going through. I am also hoping that the life lessons that I share, may find home in some other hearts.₦4,500.00₦4,500.00
Perhaps as you read this book you will realize the beauty of our culture.
This book is written to help people make their lives more productive and entertaining. It will bring you closer to yourself. If we repeatedly ruminate over how we’ve been victimized, “nursing wrongs may eventually come to define some essential part of who we are. We will end up becoming victims not so much of anyone else but of ourselves.₦1,500.00₦1,500.00
The collection of poetry titled Ìgbà Èwe is a Yoruba translation of Childhood, a poetry book by American philosopher and professor Emily R. Grosholz. Ìgbà Èwe is bilingual and features Yoruba and English texts of Grosholz’s poems. With this powerful new edition, Túbọ̀sún introduces Grosholz’s work to Yoruba readers the world over₦3,000.00₦3,000.00
Woman like the sea is a collection of praise for the woman. It is happy, whimsical and soft. Poems about love, sensuality, women empowerment, femininity, pain, sexuality and growth. Simple words that softly call to you, urging you to bare yourself and truly feel.₦10,000.00₦10,000.00
A manual for overcoming challenges we face in life. A formula for overcoming emotional distress, depression, insecurities, anxiety, loss of loved one. A poetic interpretation of life. And how God speaks to us in a myriad of mediums.₦6,500.00₦6,500.00
This narrative free-verse collection accentuates, through a personalised view, the different turns and twists of a woman’s life as she emerges into all that she is meant to be.
Emerging is an ode to every woman, letting her know that like the butterfly, she has the transformational magic (the will and strength) within her, to emerge from the cocoon of the darkest seasons of her life and become all she is truly meant to be.
It’s a reminder to press through and learn to find beauty even in broken places.₦2,500.00₦2,500.00
A collection of poems that illuminates the reader on the art of being, witnessing and loving life for all its muted colors. This body of work shared by the artist is vulnerable and tenderly opens the reader up to her journey as a creative navigating life, love, art and being a woman.₦2,500.00₦2,500.00