PRESS Secrtary to Governor Willie Obaino, James Eze, weekend, launched a new book titled “dispossesd”. ‘dispossessed is a non-fictional collection of poems that resonates deep reflection of innocence, transgression and atonement.
Poetry lovers, critics and theater goers assembled for the public presentation of the much-anticipated anthology, “dispossessed” at Oma Event Centre, Awka. The 71, three-tiered poem also shines spotlight on different themes which includes love, empathy, courage, hope, romance, cultural values and so on.
Chairman on the occasion, Johnbosco Onunkwo, in his opening remark, said that “dispossessed” was a book born out of deep research to celebrate human values, education and history and re-writing in a vivid manner; a better narrative for today’s and tomorrow’s generations. He decried the non-challant attitude of the youths nowadays towards reading. He however also bemoaned the degradation of the culture and values of the younger generations’
Speaking about the book, the former Senator for Anambra Central, Chief Victor Umeh, said that the verses and lines of poems which mostly examine love, portrayed the heart of the poet as someone who treasures love and recreates the world around him. He praises the author for being able to use words that will make the readers create images that will complement it.
Former Special Adviser on Media to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Reuben Abati, The book reviewer, a renowned columnist, who read from the lines of the poems, said that the anthology reflected Eze’s major step to self-discovery and noted that the title of the collection showcases the poet’s belief in hope and re-awakening embedded in sound craft and poetic voice. He eulogized the creative ingenuity of the author and appraised the collaboration of his artistic ethics in merging dance, poetry and scripting to make a complete work of art. He analysed few titles in appreciation; ‘When I was a boy,’ ‘Biafra,’ ‘I am,’ etc.
Giving a bio-critical appraisal of the book, Professor Nduka Otiono of Carlton University, Canada, who had shared newsroom with the author in one of Nigeria’s dailies, said the book was one of the most engaging publications he had read of an emerging writer with its lines conveying universal messages of tragedy, tribulations and truth.
In an interview with the press, Mr Eze, said that he chose the title of the book because it seeks to offer questions and healing to human existence in the faces of national and global challenges. He said “dispossessed is a cry of agony, a lamentation and also a call of attention and acceptance to our current situations”, “the book highlights problems from the personal to international and humanity as well.”
He also highlighted Nigeria’s political atmosphere as one of the things that triggers him to write the poem. He continues by encouraging all to imbibe the spirit of oneness and forgo tribalism and egoist attitude, ‘….we have to affirm faith and hope in raising a new generation of youths with creative ingenuity to foster advancement of the society….”
The Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba, that of Diaspora Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Mrs. Sally Mbanefo and their counterparts in the Ministries of Transport, Housing and Urban Development, Dr Christian Madubuko and Architect Mike Okonkwo respectively, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation(ANPC), Sir Chuka Nnabuife and the Managing Director, Anambra Broadcasting Service( ABS), Nze Uche Nworah, among others were also present at the book’s presentation.
The event was hosted by the senior special adviser on creative media and entertainment, Bob-Manuel Udoukwu.