Biography of Matthias Pantaleon
Matthias Pantaleon (born August 24,1984) is a Nigerian poet, lyricist and playwright.
He is considered the most consistent contemporary creative writer of African descent.
Born Muamma Ghaddafi, named after the Libyan leader Col. Muamma Ghaddafi and christened Matthias by his mum, Pantaleon was born in the sleepy isle of Oronija, south eastern corner of the oil rich Niger Delta Region.
He enjoys a good reputation for writing classics and satires. His poetry collections, Misunderstood, was published in 2012 and this was followed by Journey to the Unknown (2014) . Mudiaga (2015) was written mainly as a form of entertainment. Considering its short length which could pass for a radio-play, it was edited to an appropriate standard and format suitable for broadcast. He has written a reasonable number of ten-minutes plays which had since been performed in theatres around Lagos.
Born in Oronija Island to the Unama Royal House of Agana and the Etete War Canoe House of Okolo-Ile, Andoni, Rivers State, Nigeria. Pantaleon was raised in Borokiri area of Port Harcourt.
He is the fourth in a family of seven. His father was a veteran in the Police Mobile Force (5 PMF Squadron Benin City) and retired as an Assistant Superintendent of Police after 35 years of meritorious service.
Raised in a catholic family, Pantaleon was baptised at St. Michael de archangel parish, Nnewi, in 1999; by Fr. Cletus Okoye and in year 2000, October 1st to be precise, he was confirmed according to the catholic tradition a soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ by Bishop Hilary Odili Okeke with confirmation name Collins.
Educated at OUCS Nnewi, Nnewi High School Nnewi, and Meu Victory College Idimu, Lagos.
He received a National Diploma in Mass Communication from Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Nigeria, in 2014; during his education, he published two books: Misunderstood (2012) and Journey to the Unknown (2014) .
Pantaleon started writing in 2001, inspired by Elechi Amadi's 'The Concubine', Ngugi Wa Thiong's 'Black Hermit', Camara Laye's 'African Child', David Diop's 'Africa' (poem) and William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'.
Between 2001-2009, Pantaleon wrote over five hundred poems on different themes and in different languages, two novels, one drama and other literary works. Though most of these books never saw the stable of publication as the original manuscripts were destroyed by his ex-girlfriend, Glory. An incident which caused him both emotional and mental set back as it reflects in his poems: Irrational lover, Odd, I am a student of life and Fair share.
Among those unpublished manuscripts that were destroyed by Glory, in 2009; include:
1. Cindino Marandino (Novel)
2. Owaji (Play)
3. Last Mayor of Port Harcourt (Novel)
4. Southern Hospitality (Poetry)
5. Dorisabel (Play)
6. Pirates of Andoni Island (Poetry)
7. Dead Dream (Play)
8. A Day Too Many (Public Diary)
9. The Intellectual Property (Philosophical reasoning)
Matthias Pantaleon's Works:
Journey to the Unknown 2014
Matthias Pantaleon Poems
You grief me my lady Seize my quietness in all modesty Bid me sleep on thorns Never to rise to grace
The Journey I embark upon Through the wild street of life Where men are without good head And Judges flood with sentiments
She is the heart I reserve in a spare being Just in case I needed a spare key To unlock the fairies of life Cause life is a tall tale
The pot weighs like the world is on her head It’s a sore feeling When poverty is all you can boast of In a room of plenty
A Bird Without A Song
A bird without a song She is a pitiful creature Thrilling voice; broken lines Hope she finds her rhyming
The Sparrow perched on A tree trunk Message in hand We were too drunk to receive any
The Black Child
As he run wild and naked in the rain The black child is free in his realm And heaven seems to acknowledge His singing with rhyme of lighting
Where Life Takes You
Once we were young and very choosy Making multiple colours of choice Choices that we hope will bring about The much needed change in our lives
I wish you'd hold on a little longer You know you don't have to go So soon and so fast like a wind There is so much a brother got to say
We Were Young Once
Once we were young and dreamy We use to think the world is at our feet We day dream, build castles with clay Giggle, dance with friends and fall asleep
Our father was a man Men came to him for counsel Like a cricket in the open His whistle echoes beyond the Sahara
As the wind blows toward to my homeland my heart melt a thousand times From afar I could hear the waves whispering on the river bank
A Selfless Service
There is no greater love than a life of service To strengthen a struggle
The black child sings With his lips closed And his heart open Knowing that birds
Port Of Harcourt
Alas, the ship depart we port
A handful of men aboard
Desperate to raise a fortune
A bandwagon of women
Hungry for equality
Hence must set sail at once
So we sail with blood of uncertainties
clot in our pupils
River of dreams washing through our heart