Niyi Osundare is one of Nigeria's most prominent writers, and a winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa 1991. Moonsongs won Honourable Mention in the 1989 Noma Award. The main body of the poems is given harmony by being centred on the image of the moon. Thirty-six poems explore original themes and imagery, enhanced by the rhythms of the language.
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