Title: WE WHO SOWED HURT & BEADED PAINS
Author: KUKOGHO IRUESIRI SAMSON
No. of Pages: 60
Year: 2019 (2nd ed)
This is poetry that dared to divorce the stale traditional popular theme of sociopolitical discourses and embrace issues of identity, desire and psychological trauma— a timely effort in this contemporary world. This collection of poems is charged with subtle messages on psychic disorders and traumatic identities in that the poet chose to base his theme around depression and mental trauma. Be that as it may, despite the grave tone and thunderous rhythm in the poems; the poet still yet never abandoned his stylistic grandeur and literary efficacy.
The collection is gracefully adorned in chunks of similes, metaphors, rhetorical questions, personifications, irony and symbols.
Kukogho Iruesiri Samson is a Nigerian writer, publisher, multimedia journalist and youth mentor, known for his work with young Nigerian writers and the promotion of Nigerian writing through his multi-platform educational and publishing firm, Words Rhymes & RhythmLtd. Author of four poetry collections — What Can Words Do (2013), I Said These Words (2015), Words of Eros (2017) and We Who Sowed Hurt & Beaded Pains (2017), Kukogho has won accolades for his writing, including the 2012 Orange Crush Prize For Poetry, the Nigerian Writers Award (NWA) for ‘Best Poet In Nigeria 2015’ and the 2017 ANA Prize For Fiction (First-Runner-Up), for his unpublished novel, The Devil’s Pawn which also won the GT Bank Dusty Manuscript Prize 2018. He was also on the Nigerian Writers Awards' list of 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40 in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He lives in Abuja, Nigeria.