Onyeka Nwelue


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Born in 1988, Onyeka Nwelue was described by The Guardian (Lagos) as '...teenager with steaming pen' after his appearance at the Wole Soyinka Festival in 2004. He won the THOMSON Short Story Prize in 2000 with 'Chants of a Poet' which has been translated into over seven languages. He has published his works in the UK, the USA, France, Canada, Jamaica, South Africa and Nigeria. A multilingual ... more »

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  • Stanley Ezeabasirim (2/27/2008 5:43:00 AM)

    Its good am commenting on the young world proffessor Onyeka Nwelue, to me he is simply the best and 'a literary icon whose time has come'. I wish him all the best! !

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Best Poem of Onyeka Nwelue

The White Devil In A Black Snow

the lorry hauled us away
the boats ferried us far and wide
like the children of the leper
being driven beyond the echoes of the world

we were driven down for a boot-licking
it was the time they engaged us in the work
our lives were not spared
for our colours are not like theirs

when their eyes curry towards us
they shout 'uh uh' for monkey
and the demoralisation springs
up, until the kill is made

we read from backwards for we
are the blacks with bumpy bodies
and they are the whites with hairy hands
but then who sows the seed?

So...

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