Matthias Pantaleon

Freshman - 547 Points (August 24,1984 / Oronija Island, Nigeria)

Biography of Matthias Pantaleon

Matthias Pantaleon poet

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.

Early Life
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.

Education
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) .


Professional Career
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:

Misunderstood 2012
Journey to the Unknown 2014
Mudiaga 2015

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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

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