GOD BLESS THE DEAD!
About a fortnight ago, Professor Onuora Enekwe, one of my former professors passed away. I posted an obituary on this blog, and considering my history with him, and the fact that we did not get along, I was actually quite gracious in the obituary announcement. I praised his work, because his work was good. As much as I tried to dress it up, I was not falling over myself in praise the way he was as a person to me and a lot of people I know. Apparently I offended some of Enekwe's fans with my post and I have deleted it. I also felt sorry for some of the fools who attacked me on this blog because they did not have the courage to put their names against their crude comments in which they called curses upon their own heads and warning me to be careful what I say about the dead. Why, so that I will not die? Who is it that will not die? God bless Ossie Enekwe. I look forward to wonderful eulogies about Enekwe the man, not Enekwe the writer. These will help me know him the way I never had a chance to.
ESIABA IROBI - MISTREL BECOMES SONG
On May 3, 2010, Esiaba Irobi, the self-styled 'Intellectual Terrorist', iconoclast, poet, playwright, actor, singer, and academic was called off the stage by the Almighty director. As sad as it seems, as painful as it is, as difficult as it is to swallow, I keep asking, what more could Esiaba Irobi have given us? He had already given us Nwokedi, Hangmen Also Die, A Tent to Pass the Night, The Colour of Rusting Gold, What Song do Mosquitoes Sing?, The Fronded Circle, Put out the House Lights, Cemetry Road, The Vagina Also Has Teeth, Cotyledons, Inflorescence, What is Tender about Ted Hughes? and Why I Don't Like Philip Larkin and Other Poems. His novel, The Intellectual Terrorist will now only be published post-humously.
The July - September issue of Sentinel Literary Quarterly will be dedicated to the memory of Esiaba Irobi. If you wish to write a tribute to him, dedicate a poem or short play to him, please send to email@example.com by the 30th of June, 2010.
I have previously written a tribute to him in Next on Sunday: Esiaba Irobi, the intellectual terrorist.