For Gabriel Imomotimi Okara (24 April 1921 - 25 March 2019) Sail away Imomotimi! Gabriel, sail on to tomorrow On the river that never flows backwards Imomotimi, sail on to the other side As we paddle words to hurry waves for you While counting time on our prayer beads Okara, sail on to forever In the boat of our memories Where your metaphors are flowers And your imageries are fruit-laden tress
Kukogho Iruesiri Samson is a Nigerian writer, communications professional, and publishing entrepreneur. Kukogho has authored five books, including Devil’s Pawn (2020), winner of the 2018 GT Bank Dusty Manuscript Prize. Kukogho has received several accolades, both as a writer and a literary administrator. He founded and manages the popular art development organization Words Rhymes & Rhythm, its assisted-authorship publishing imprint, Authorpedia Publishers, and its literary arts journal, CỌ́N-SCÌÒ Magazine.