I agree with Percy Bysshe Shelley when he wrote that; “A Poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth”.
In finding and expressing truth, there are many stories you want to tell, and you realise, no, you have to choose. Nature comes handy as a writing inspiration for me as I open myself up to everything, everything.
Creative Writing as a process involves the artificer opening himself/herself up to different sources of inspiration and being used as a medium. Asides Soul, Jazz & Relax Piano music, which has been the medium which sets me as an agent totally used up [but not abandoned] in communicating the eternal words of our fourth world, I also connect with and make amazing Photographs out of my conversation with nature.
We have a story to tell
We have a realm to keep divine.
We have conversations to make…
📷 © Badiru Kehinde // Lagoon Front, Third Mainland Bridge Perspective 29/7/2019
In the Post 1990s, the Poet-Prophet tradition became a mainstay in Nigeria’s literary canon. Marking and re-casting the pathway to this, like Soyinka’s Mythopoetic Ogun is “FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI”.
Fela was more than a Singer, he was also a Prophet seeing ahead the mess the nation is enmeshed in now. He had death in his pouch, creative with his music, yet destructive [to the politricksters] like Ogun’s metal lore and retributive force.
Beyond his blend of Afrobeat and Afro-Jazz which he was a precursor of, he remains a guiding light in the tunnel of revolution and the desire for progressive change.
22 years after and in a technologically-driven society, Fela’s influence remains strong in the hearts and heads of Afropolitans, Afrofuturists and other PanAfricanists who hope that someday Abami-Eda’s vision of an ideal society would be actualized.
CC: My brother, Adewale Alfred Prevail for the reminder