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Decaying Romance: A Review of Jumoke Verissimo’s The Birth of Illusion

Love, attraction, cohabitation and marriage are few of the dozen topics that have intrigued individuals, cultures and civilizations. Psychologists, sociologists, philosophers and poets have already written and sang volumes on those subjects yet every new generation takes it upon itself to explore them and try to understand them. The third part of The Birth of Illusion, which starts from the 52nd page, revisits those age-old subjects once again.
Our first real experience of love as youths is in its romantic dimension- that widely emotional state in which tender and sexual feelings, pleasure and pain, anxiety and relief, altruism and jealousy coexist in a confusion of feelings. At this point, we hardly know, or do so but choose to not care, that this facet of love is most often short-lived. Eventually, we will exhaust the thrills that come with the peaks and troughs except those posed by the inevitable problems of ordinary life. In some cases, this romantic love will metamorphose into indifference or active dislike. In some other cases, it will transform into a related but gentler state of affairs which we should term companionate love. Continue reading

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BOTH VICTORS, NONE VANQUISHED (For Victor Ogbonna and Amara Reuben on their Wedding Day)

Well, my buddy got married yesterday. And I was SUPPOSED to recite a poem during the reception party. The title was inspired by the declaration of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) at the end of the Biafran War in 1970, when he held that (there was) NO VICTOR, NO VANQUISHED. For those of you that were not at the wedding, enjoy! Continue reading

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THEY THAT WAIT (A Review of Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel)

Three friends: Lomba, Bola and an unnamed fellow, set out to the beach to see a fortune-teller who prefers to be seen as a poet rather than a marabout. And just like the four brothers in Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen, … Continue reading

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