Chukuemeka Akpe

Rookie (January 02,1962 / Lagos, Nigeria)

Biography of Chukuemeka Akpe

I started writing poems in 2003. My first poem was 'August 24' written in memory of my brother who passed away on that day in 1999.

Writing, I have found, is a soothing balm against the unrelenting aches and pains that society subjects you to daily. It gives a voice where muteness is foisted on you.

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Africa

A patchwork of decorated combatant lords
Stitched together with diverse fragile cords
Into a tapestry of nations hung on frail words.

A pariah of immense but modest beauty
Ogled from afar for her acclaimed booty
Yet shunned by peers for being naughty.

Heavily burdened with debt as rocks

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