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MEASURE

Some years ago,This same measure,Got filled with halfOf the current rate.Generation Z knows notthe pain of my generation,While my generation pitiesOur Grannies,Who almost got it all for free,Who bought brand new carsBut now ride tokunbo cars,We love appreciation,Not depreciation,All our money spent,Without exceeding the same measure. 22:43 hrs28th December 2016 …

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IPADABO

(Lati inu owe: Teni begi loju)Igi aruwedandan ni, Igi le ge, E o fa tu. Ti e o ba ti tu iru, Emi opin, Ise o tan, Eyi te se o soro,Ese meji loseyin!A si fi meji tesiwaju. A se ni se ara re,Oro pe emi loun se,Oun a fi ori se lotojo,Oun a fi ipa …

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REVIEW OF THE BEAUTY I HAVE SEEN BY PROF TANURE OJAIDE

Poetry: The Beauty I have Seen Publisher: Malthouse Press Year of publication: 2010 Genre: Poetry Reviewer: Olutayo IRANTIOLA INTRODUCTION The book The Beauty I have Seen is the seventeenth published anthology by Tanure Ojaide. The work is published by Malthouse Press, Lagos in 2010. This is one of the recent collections of …

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TRAVELING ON THE SPOT: REVIEW OF SEA OF MY MIND BY PROF REMI RAJI

Poet: Prof Remi Raji-Oyelade Title: Sea of my Mind Year of Publication: 2013 Pages: 85 Publisher: Kraft Books Reviewer: Olutayo IrantiolaThe anthology has a total of fifty poems which was divided into these subdivisions:  Introit, Waves, Ebbs, Flows and Recessional. It is important to say that this collection has many …

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REVIEW OF HERE AND THERE BY PROF SEGUN ADEKOYA

Poet: Prof Segun AdekoyaGenre: PoetryPages: 172Publisher: ANOL PublicationsYear of Publishing:2012Reviewer: Olutayo IrantiolaThis is a voluminous anthology of about sixty poems in total that is subdivided into Here, There, here and There. Here has a total seventeen poems, There has twenty five poems, while Here and There has a total of …

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SIMILITUDE OF THE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE: A REVIEW OF GIVE ME ROOM TO MOVE MY FEET By Mildred Kiconco Barya

Publisher: Amalion Publishing, Senegal Genre: Poetry Year of Publication: 2009 Number of Pages: 119 Reviewer: Olutayo IRANTIOLA In this era of transcultural readings, it is easy to discover that the African experience is quite similar from one region to the other. It must be mentioned that this review is based …

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LIVING WITH CAUTIOUS PLEASURE (A translation of F’ESO JAIYE by LAWUYI OGUNNIRAN)

Ma kanju jaiye, ore mi.Saa ni a ani, a ki il’aiye.F’eso jaiye, f’eso lo’gba.Pele di owo re a-mulele.Eda t’o gb’eyin le’ri kii pantete,Pele l’arewa irin,Jeje l’omo Olola iyan.Igba onipele ki foAwo onipele kii faya;Ohun a f’eso mu kii bajeOhun a f’agbara mu, koko ni leEso pele ni a a p’amukuruA …

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