Masksong for our times

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Africa World Press, 2003 - Poetry - 58 pages
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Composed mainly in the masquerade idiom, this collection of poetry is characterised by songs and chants, satirical commentary and divinatory prophecies. An important part of traditional African cultural expression, the masquerade speaks for the voice of the ancestral spirit with the authority to lay bare uncomfortable truths about society. By drawing on age-old myths, proverbs and the lore and wisdom of a community, it provides social commentary and moral guidance for the listeners. Obiechina uses this device to comment on events in post-independence Nigeria.

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Contents

To Charlie Chaplin
2
Homecoming
8
Africa Unbound
14
All Things Bright and Beautiful
20
One Must Not Sing Too Loudly
28
Mound of Laterite by the Department of English
34
Song to a Brother
40
A Night in Lagos
46
Christmas Hopes
52
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