African poetry is the heart and encompassing soul of the traditions of the African people. From The Nile basin and the majestic pyramids of ancient Egypt to the mines and shacks of South Africa, the plains of Kenya, the drum beats of Mali, the melting pot of Nigeria, the black star of Ghana and other fascinating treasures of this mighty continent come the ryhthms and sounds that will be explored in this blog.
The African poetry world is the most ethnically diverse and most intriguing of all brands. That is because the African sees himself as part of a country called Africa and bonds with the soul of his common destiny shared with all his brothers spread across the country. A destiny that he shares with all other Africans.
Any review of African poetry is a ride with the heartbeat of Africa. A ride with a people who have a story to tell. This is it.
I grew up with an affection for words that started with my love for the King James bible. I carried a copy everywhere and devoted time to reading and mulling over the complexities of it’s literary construction. At ten years, no one expected that from me. My family is a reading family and I was never out of mentors even in our small home. I wrote my first poem in the early months of 2003. Since then poetry has defined my life.
I am Delalorm Sesi Semabia, your linguist.