ANA PUBLISHES 2017 LITERARY PRIZE SHORTLIST, FEATURING WRR CEO KUKOGHO IRUESIRI SAMSON

The judges of the Association of Nigerian Authors Literary Prizes have published the shortlist for the 2017 ANA Prizes and WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM PUBLISHERS LTD CEO, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, was shortlisted for the PROSE FICTION PRIZE’ category. Kukogho’s unpublished novel, THE DEVIL’S PAWN, was shortlisted alongside LOLA AKANDE’s WHAT IT...

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STUCK IN MUD (on a people’s plight)

The wind of disorder is blowing, Slowing us down! The dark clouds have eclipsed the sun, Rendering the future bleak! There is no light, no hope, And even the birds gaze mutely! I looked and saw the disgruntled people Wailing and cursing. They were stuck in mud! Helpless and distressed...

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THIS WICKED FLOOD

Must we at the temple’s hill Hear the preacher’s talk “You must each other kill And even their children you must stalk!” Shan’t the preachments from heaven Bring peace and heal our clobbered hearts Without any mixture of leaven, Shielding us from poisonous darts? Stop making us vassals of hate!...

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GRIM REAPER (by Ani Onyedikachi Michael Jr.)

How wronged we thee, Grim Reaper? That thou failest not to reach yet deeper, Into our idyll chest of placid joy, To steal our smiles, though we be calm and coy? What offence hath the little bairn, who yet suckles at his mother’s breast? Or the unripe teen who for...

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BRING BACK THE PEACE

Its time to lay down swords And heal the sores With heartfelt words. … Kill them, they are infidels, Kill them, one and all, Damned spiritual rebels! Alas! From the pulpit Flows fiery arrows To put men into the pit! … god ordered deaths! … Oh! You brought to an...

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MEN OR BEASTS?

What have we become, we sons of men, Now that we’ve made of Earth a killing den? The lion kills to put meat in his stomach. The slithering cobra strikes to repel attack. … Neither King Lion that rules the deep jungle Nor the soaring, sharp-clawed Eagles Would dare slaughter...

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