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In 2010, billions of naira were spent to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nigeria's independence since 1960. In 2014 billions more are to be spent to commemorate the centenary marking the nation's birth from an amalgamation of diverse group of peoples, languages, cultures and expectations in 1914. As the conscience of the nation, writers are calling for a deeper introspection. A hundred years after unification, the most populous African nation has oscillated from being great to being fickle, from colony to independence and dependency, from peace to war to ungraceful insecurity, from military dictatorship to civilian oppression and profligacy and much more of the many contradictions of a complex national polity. In this special collection Poems for a Century: An Anthology on Nigeria, poets from different backgrounds, generations and persuasions explore what it means to be a citizen of this unique African country. Shifting from despair to hope, lamentation to happiness, condemnation to adoration and every gamut of sensibilities imaginable, the contributors reiterate the notion of engagement and the power of the written word to push for social change in their beloved nation. In fifty poems, Nigeria becomes the muse not just to raise questions about its past experiences and present contexts, but also to posit aspirations for a better nation.
|Author||OMONIYI, Tope [editor]|
|Date Published||21 May 2014|