Praise and Poems
“Blood and Water / ọbara na mmiri begins with an ordinary everyday scene that many who knows what it is like to live in an inter-generational home will be able to identify with. The African overtones draws you into lives that are real and gritty. One can almost smell the tobacco and taste the goat pepper soup and the stews – pleasurable moments. But even this cannot take away from the abuse and the tacit silent collusion by the elders; the ‘entitled’ folks who struts around taking what does not belong to them! The contents of this book are not to be read for entertainment. It gives you a glimpse of life, captured in the moment, and sometimes reminds you of experiences of the past. It draws you in to confront the subjects that no one wants to talk about and yet it is real and right in our midst. I dare you to read this and share its meanings to you with others.” — The Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, MBE, QHC, Bishop of Dover
“An unflinching look at life rooted in a West African childhood and embracing urban England… poetry and prose lightly peppered with Igbo words and phrases. These vignettes, facts and dreams, with a rich cast of characters, confront us with a spectrum of human experience in vivid, succinct language.” — Chris Fewings, poet and literary organiser
‘Am I following it?’
Pumpkin lodged in Omoba sky.
My young fanny tampered
by Uncle Innocent’s paws.
On frayed mat, nicotine-tinged room;
I wriggle, bewildered —
my movements spellbound.
I imagine, the magic of strange
coloured glow. Pumpkin moon
reaches into my soul, transports
me from life’s gaudy gloom.