Biography of Matthias Pantaleon
Matthias Pantaleon (born August 24,1984) is a Nigerian poet, playwright and literary scholar who has distinguished himself as a man of letters.
Born of Andoni parentage in Oronija Island to the Unama Royal House of Agana and Etete War Canoe House of Okolo-Ile, Andoni, Rivers State. He was raised in both Creek Road and Borokiri areas of Port Harcourt.
The fourth in a family of seven. His father was a veteran in the Mobile Police Force (Squadron Number 5, Benin City) and retired as an Assistant Superintendent of Police, after 35 years of meritorious service.
Raised as a Roman Catholic, Pantaleon was baptised at St. Michael de Archangel Parish, Nnewi, in 1999, and completes the process of initiation into the Christian community through the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Upon receiving confirmation in 2000 he adopted Collins as an additional confirmation name. This sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong.
Educated at State School II, Churchill, Port Harcourt, 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; Eclipse of the Heart (2012) and Journey to the Unknown (2014) .
In 2006, Vanguard's Arts Editor, McPhillips Nwachukwu first gave Pantaleon the encouragement that horned his literary career. After his encounter with the Editor, it took him another six years to publish his poetry collections " Eclipse of the Heart" , this was followed by a couple of dramas, ten-minute plays and poetry videos published by Poetry Art Studio/Willow Walker. He has written songs for Trinidad and Tobago artist Jay Starzz, co-write songs for Nigerian gospel singer Forerunner and R&B sensation Timikene Awusu.
In 2014, The Newswatch published " Executive Shame" , Pantaleon's first political poem in many years. Again, Journey to the Unknown (drama) was published to much critical acclaim. Followed closely by Mudiaga (a one-act play) , which was later published in 2015.
Literary works written by Pantaleon between 2001-2009 were destroyed sometime in 2010 by his ex girlfriend, Glory. In 2015, an embittered Glory had sent a text message to him saying " I did what I did because I know we don't have future together. As for your books, I gave them to children to use as toilet papers."
Among those unpublished manuscripts that were destroyed by Glory, in 2010; includes:
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:
Eclipse of the Heart 2012
Journey to the Unknown 2014
The Crown Prince 2015
Matthias Pantaleon Poems
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
The Unusual Sonnet
West have everything I need Why go north and break a leg When I can easily sow a seed And reap a basket of nutmeg
Dear brother, sister, can you see the light Or is it only darkness you can view A wretched ship that sails into the night With only ghosts aboard to serve as crew
I hope to see you sometime soon Try not to miss me too much I hope you still wish upon the moon Times are so tough without your touch
Victory Comes In The Morning
I've been in the cage for too long They really don't care how I feel I'm a bird without a sombre song They don’t care if we burn and peel
I have stop dreaming since The day you went away I think of you like science The theories has all sway
Life At Thirty
At thirty I look at the world differently I have fewer friends, thousands of fears I envy my childhood even more Wish I could take off some years
It’s been a long time anybody fuss over me They have got issues of their own anyway I think we are too busy to chat as old time That is the problem with friendship today
Ninety Nine Problems
Have you heard about the man With ninety nine problems He survives the many demean And delicately tugged the emblems
They said you are wealthy now Some said you rewrite your story I'm not surprise; it’s the seed you sow You deserve it John, you made history
Every Legend Has A Beginning
When we were boys we acted like one People call us names behind our back We were silly but we don't throw stone And the girls, they love our six-pack
Do They Dare To Care
So many times I woke at night Afraid of what life has become I’m worried if I'll ever see the light So I can find my way home
See what we have done to earth Can't you hear the widows scream See what greed have done to men Can't you see the mutilated corpses
We Love You Michael
I think I can afford to keep a secret Or two in the womb of my verses You need not worry about their malice Or the strength of their allies
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
Sun smiles more beautiful on water surface
Blue sky merge where earth meets heaven
Palms sway this way and that
Homeland is greener than ever