Song of Benasoro

Genre: Fiction


Kpakiama’s poetry is energetic and direct as it addresses the issues of the oppressed headlong, calling a spade by no other name but a spade. He draws from his Ijaw oral tradition, the strength of which lies in its performative expression. His vast knowledge of his people and their traditions and culture give voice to his immensely lyrical lines, rich in proverbs, metaphors, fables.

About the Author

Rowland Timi Kpakiama’s poetry is deeply rooted in his Ijaw country-side, in Ijaw oral history and in Ijaw folklore and myth. He possesses a B. A. in History and International Studies from the University of Jos. An avid reader, he began writing poetry seriously while he was a student at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt. Many of his poems have appeared in local and national newspapers.