This course involves a concentrated study of poetry in, from, and about Africa; their experiences in economic, political, religious, and other colonial stressed areas, their culture and tradition, their atmosphere and environment, and their sovereign cum post-independent lives. Learning will be chained from Africa’s Oral traditional poetry/chants, through modern African poetry and the new generation of African poetry. Students will have a master class from guest published poets on “The Art of Writing Publishable Poetry”.
African performance poetry will be foregrounded at the tail-end of the module, an introduction to part two of the course (African performance poetry).
By the end of the course, students will:
Be able to classify the different phases African Poetry has evolved
have a mastery of writing good and publishable poetry
Be primed at writing poetry that addresses African political, economic and cultural matters and
Use poetry as a tool for change in self and community.
A performance poet who lives in Enugu, Nigeria. A teacher of literature courses; a monologist, travel writer and guitarist. His poems have been published in national and international magazines including Dreich, Disquiet Arts, MahMag, NgigaReview etc