Su’eddie Vershima Agema
‘Ei’ un kaa, ‘Mpase ngu a tindi ga’
Man kuur-utya u Robben Island kor ishima na ikpan je.
Ankwase gema kaa er, ‘Ei, kwaghfan nan kwagh u palegh ga’
Aa via iyol, kpa aa mchiem ga yo, lu ishigh ki Adooshe u Pakistan je
‘Ei’ shi unkwase kaa, ‘Mba kighir or a jighjigh u nan ga’ –
Lu imo na i ikpan, man ashe a kunya, kpa lu wan tsorun ken Dapchi:
Iwanger na mile ken itumbe u mbahembankwagh-u-Aondo ga
Nahan ken mgbe tar man ishieghen cii je, imo i ikyur-yan ne za gwa,
Er mba Mandela, kua Malala, kua un Leah Sharibu kpa, tese iwanger i
Prometheus kpa a kaa er ‘Ei’ la. Mnyim kua ger icam
Dzua a iyan, ve due taveragh ve sambe
Er Chibok, shin Dapchi, u nan tar wase iwanger
Read the English translation – Mandela Comes to Leah by Prof. Wole Soyinka
Su’eddie Vershima Agema is a multiple-award-winning writer, cultural activist, development consultant and one of Nigeria’s most notable poets in 2022. He is the author of the poetry collections, Memory and the Call of Waters (Winner, Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize 2022 and Shortlist, Nigeria Prize for Literature 2022) and Home Equals Holes: Tale of an Exile (Winner, Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize 2014; Nominee, Soyinka Prize for African Literature 2018). He has also been nominated for the Abubakar Gimba Prize for Short Stories, Saraba/PEN Nigeria Poetry Prize, and the Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Prose Fiction. Su’eddie was listed among Nigerian Writers Award’s 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40 (2017 & 2018) and EGC’s Top 50 Contemporary Poets Who Rocked Nigeria (2012-2017). He has also been Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (Benue State Chapter) and Council Member of the Association of Nigerian Authors National Teen Authorship Scheme. Su’eddie is the Managing Editor of the notable African poetry collective Konya Shamsrumi. He heads SEVHAGE Publishing and its sister charity, SEVHAGE Literary and Development Initiative, while convening the annual Benue Book and Arts [International] Festival.
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