Columns and Opinions across Nigerian Newspapers


Poet of the City by the Lagoon, - In a week when hundreds, not just three, of our fellow citizens in Baga have been wiped off the face of the earth, not just maimed and injured and recovering in well-equipped hospitals, what sense is there in singing the praise of a poet? Why does a poet or his poem matter? There will never be a satisfactory answer to this question, but there is one that I personally prefer. When Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet and one of the best in the trade, confronted this question, he replied with a poem,