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About the Book:
This is a collection of poetry by African poet Macaulay
Oluseyi Akinbami who gives voice to the inspiration, pathos, love and anger –
a complex brew of feelings - of his Continent emerging into the 21st
Century. While the poems were written to be performed on the streets of Lagos
with the rhythms of this sprawling great African city in the background the
vision is cosmic and global. There are suggestions of Blake but also of the
profound Christianity inherited by the author from his pastor father
syncretized with the ancient beliefs of his country of Nigeria. This poetry
is a collection of radical philosophical musings on the place of mankind in
the Cosmos, presenting itself in the form of love morals, death, life,
mysticism and pain. The poetry also addresses the norms of the society using
the popular poetic device known as “hide and say.”
As revolution adapts radicalism, the subjects in this
book are apt, practical and romantic while inspired by the concrete experience
of the poet they relate to the vital issues of the day and universal values
from the multifaceted prism of Africa.
Macauley Oluseyi Akinbami:
Macaulay Oluseyi Akinbami is a philosopher, social
critic, poet and dramatist born in 1973 to the late pastor V. O. Akinbami of
Nigeria’s Ondo state which is notable for its aquatic and petroleum
resources. He was educated at the University of Lagos Akoka with a BA in
European Language. He also studied French at the Alliance Francaise Ikoyi
Lagos. Akinbami was greatly influenced by non-conformist Romantic writers
like William Blake and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (particularly “Kubla Khan”).
He was also influenced by David Diop and other African writers. He addresses
a large audience to enlighten people on the need for revolutionary change in
his home country of Nigeria. Some of his work has been featured in “Thisday”,
a National newspaper in Nigeria and in the “English Journal” of the Department
of English of the University of Lagos.
Alien Blues is
a minute, graphic insight into the world intimately known by unfortunate
citizens. Though stemming primarily from an equatorial African perspective,
these short stories mirror the similar lives everywhere humans have managed to
establish some form of civilization. The real issue is that the poor are not
true citizens of their own countries. They have no enshrined political, social
or economic rights. They age rapidly and die young despite pleading dialogues
with unsolicited devils, religions and endemic discriminations.
conditions has caused ECM to entertain these existential questions. Is
life the paradise we seek or the paradise there is? Is love the phantom called
happiness in a plus minus algebra? Is man woman? Can the sins of
Africa ever be forgiven, so that she can get a break?
If the blood of Christ is not enough after centuries of prayers what is? Are
we here, there, in heaven or hell? Does it really matter? Does anyone, or even
God really care? If we are all equally blessed, explain to the unfortunates
how to understand the love? Alien Blues has no clues.
ECM was born on a cold winter
February night in an expensive
London hospital many moons ago. The doctor
who welcomed him claimed he was smiling while peeing on his pristine white lab
coat. Having managed to remain alive, and after severe discipline from
boarding schools and brutal brothers amongst others he is an artist, composer,
filmmaker and nomad working on feature films and animation. He has traveled
extensively in the African, Asian and South American subcontinents attempting
to evade taxation to no avail.