August 1, 2020

Writer’s communiqué, as I turn 60

By Kole Ade-Odutola







A bearded writer

invades our dream

begging for bearing

to thoughts we shared

on global commons.

Ogun in seven parts

replicates in the G7

without their knowledge.


The carnage on the paths

of history traces its roots

to the revolution of machines

with dreams of power

on motherboards of illusion

The gun powder

un-balances the forces

reducing choices

creating losses

sucking up surpluses

from nations not yet Nations

Kole Ade Odutola, in performance in Durban








Ogun in seven parts

takes new sacrifices from cross-roads

crossing boundaries with motherboards

buried in binary bytes and bits

like Orunmila’s opele ifa

feeding faithful with facts

for the future.


The bearded writer with multiple 

plans finds a bearing in silence

crippled by silence

as a new gong grows a handle.

Ifa Agboniregun

The knower and the known,

the sower of words which breeds

fruits of now and the future.

Let our words feature on the critic’s plate,

let our flame burn beyond

scrolls on which we write

Let our dreams scream headlines

in the confluence of ideas…

The author, Kole Ade Odutola turns 60, on August 2, 2020. He is a teacher, poet, photojournalist and activist. He has a first degree in Botany, a Masters degree in TV/Video for Development from the University of Reading (UK), a second Masters degree in Organisational Communication from Ithaca College, and a Ph.D in Media Studies from Rutgers University. The author of ‘The Poet Fled‘ and ‘The Poet Bled‘ lectures in the USA. In 2011, Ade-Odutola’s academic, nonfiction work: ‘Diaspora and Imagined Nationality: USA-Africa Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood’, was published by Carolina Academic Press, USA. His latest poetry collection, The Poet Wept, was published by Atrif Academic Press, in 2019.





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