TITLE: I SAID THESE WORDS
AUTHOR: KUKOGHO IRUESIRI SAMSON
NUMBER OF PAGES: 88
PUBLISHER: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM PUBLISHERS
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2015
ISBN: 978-948 -406-2
REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola
If I call KUKOGHO IRUESIRI SAMSON’s collection of poems, ‘I SAID THESE WORDS,’ a masterpiece, take it from me that it is an understatement because this book is AHMAAZING!
Kukogho appears to be a very defiant, silly and witty writer as shown by the poems in the book.
I would classify ‘I SAID THESE WORDS’ as a collection of as simple poetry – easy to read and understand. I read this book from the back to the front, because, in my opinion, the best poems are at the back, although the poems in the front are quite interesting too.
Kukogho wrote about religion, politics and Nigeria in a very ridiculous but serious and thought provoking way. He also wrote about ridiculous things like the importance of farting and the pronunciation of his name (that I also almost bit my tongue trying to pronounce).
He writes in a special way and about things that are “outside the box” for many writers. He mocks certain societal topics and issues in an eye-opening way, so much that I will dare call his poetry “education in a literary way” as they provoke questions and thoughts.
Besides that, this poet is a certified Buster Rhymes! Approximately 99% of his poems had rhymes in them and the rhymes are so effortless. He also has a unique style of writing that he has cultivated properly to satisfy the curiosity of a reader.
I SAID THESE WORDS is definitely entering my book gang without a doubt and I am going to get his second book soon.
I recommend this book 100% to Nigerian poets especially. It is a book that should be included as literary texts for exams like WAEC, JAMB and NECO because it will educate and inspire young adults to think as they are moving to another stage in life. It will inform them about the issues that they could fix as adults.
Kukogho is very talented, very special and to me. He is Wole Soyinka in a modern and 21st century voice.
SHOOLA OYINDAMOLA was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a published poet, a feminist, a mentor, a blogger and Co-founder and Resource manager of Sprinng Literary Movement. She loves to writes poems, essays and her non-classifiable opinions. She uses her writing skills with her feminist drive to discuss the gender injustices that need to be fixed. She published her first collection of poems titled “Heartbeat” in New York, USA at the age of 16.