LET ME SPEAK BEFORE I DIIIE: I Know Who Hurt the Girl
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?
Evidently, the poet indicts everyone for patting chauvinism in the back and holding his hand up in the battle against gender harmony. The poet buttresses the need to act in favour of the latter.
This collection presents a loud and daring call to recognise the enduring potency of those whom the society may have shut up and denied the opportunity for self-expression. We see speaking up, especially in the face of unhealthy silence, as significant to the well-being of everyone.