TITLE: Emotions & Belief
AUTHOR: Kelvin Obareti
NUMBER OF PAGES: 139
REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola
This collection of poems stands out for its simplicity and its display of the Nigerian Yoruba culture. I particularly admire the love poems in which Obareti carefully mixed languages to show his appreciation and affection for the beautiful, admirable and unknown female persona in this collection. I can say that his words brought me back home and put a smile on my face. If I were to go back to my introduction to poetry in my secondary school days at Nigeria, this is the book that I would have loved to read unlike the American poetry collections that were tossed to us forcefully through education. Obareti skillfully brings poetry to a simple level that you cannot deny understanding each poem.
Also I must mention his commendable way of appreciating God. He wrote about God and Christianity in an exalting way. I did not need to carry my devotional all through the days that I read this book because his words satisfied my thirst to worship God and say my admiration towards his good deeds.
This anthology is a journal, very realistic to how we relate and communicate to ourselves and the unseen but real beings whom we love. It is down to earth with its style in simplicity. Very open-minded individuals who read diverse styles and forms of poetry will enjoy this thoroughly.
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