By Kareem Shamusudeen
Ibadan-based poet and critic, Ndubuisi Martins will launch his second poetry collection titled answers through the bramble on 17th July, 2021 by 2.pm. at Room 32, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan.
Expected at the event are distinguished poets and scholars, Professors Niyi Osundare, Remi Raji, Obododimma Oha, Ayobami Kehinde, ‘Kunbi Olasope, Ademola Daslyva, Toyin Jegede, as well as other important members of the academic community: Drs Doyin Aguoru, Charles Akinsete Bartholomew Akpah, Hon. Chika Kelly Edozie, and Mr Aniemeka’s relatives and friends in government and other walks of life. The public are also invited.
Some of the acclaims for the poetry collection include:
“Ndubuisi Martins’s striking deployment of language to chart the world reflects in these poems. Profound and timely, these poems transport us to a place where we become whole and shattered, terrified and calmed, blessed and wounded. They are poems that speak to us in the most daring way. They call us to a feast. Let’s gather!” Rasaq Malik Gbolahan Author, No Home in This Land
“The persona in this collection is an ‘answersmith’ rendering answers through the brambles of one call.” Ifesinachi Nwadike Author, How Morning Remembers the Night
“Ndubuisi’s poems present a quandary. They are the beautiful fruits of an imperfect world. The poems throb and their throbbing is beautiful to behold. The magic of this collection lies in powerful and fluid symbolism, which prevents the poems from being another cliched poetization of grief, both personal and national. Thus, the poems are poignantly stirring as they invite the reader to examine all too familiar concerns and grief in a lament clothed in defamiliarized language. The result is a body of poems that is comfortably familiar, yet, refreshingly novel.” Funmi Gaji Author, The Script of Bruises
“In Answers through the Bramble, Ndubuisi Martins grows in poetic grace, offering a second collection that dispenses buoyant lines in a most evocative language. His poems summon the liveliest metaphors to a dance of visceral imagery and constantly changing rhythms. Together they sway you to the lyrical urgings of a deeply personal voice brimming with philosophical intensities and political fervour.” James Yeku Assistant Professor, Dept. of African and African American Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
“Answers through the Bramble” ripples through the edges of our unsteady collective existence with a provocative pace. No! It does not seek to answer, but rather in its delicate rhythm and unsettling imageries tosses the mind into a continuum of several inquisitions like the “millipede’s streams, dragging many legs”. “Answers through the Bramble” is not idle in its preoccupation: when it is tender, it caresses, but when the waves become rough, it does not disguise its turbulence.” – Tolulope Oke Publisher, Lunaris Review
“‘…answers’ and ‘bramble’ were two ordinary words until Ndubuisi Martins’ ANSWERS THROUGH THE BRAMBLE came forth.” – Uchenna Eze Author, The Longest Trial
The author released his debut poetry collection, One Call, Many Answers, in 2017. His poems have also been featured in poetry journals.
About the Author: Ndubuisi Martins is a poet, literary critic and teacher, who earned both bachelor and master’s degrees in English and Literature from the University of Nigeria and the University of Ibadan respectively. He was an adjunct lecturer with McPherson University, Seriki-Sotayo, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He has taught Use of English and Communication Skills with the Centre for General Studies, University of Ibadan. Under the postgraduate tutelage and mentorship of Professor Nelson Fashina of the Department of English, University of Ibadan, Martins has assisted with tutorial classes in undergraduate Creative Writing and Literary Theory courses. With the masterclass mentorship of Professor Remi Raji-Oyelade, Ndubuisi has gained vital experience in grant/ writing and scholarly paper preparations as well as literary event organisations. Ndubuisi Martins, equally, has served as Lead Judge of Okigbo Poetry Students’ Prize domiciled in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Mr Aniemeka has contributed reviews and academic papers to local and international peer-reviewed journals. Also his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Wreath for the Wayfarer, The Criterion, African writer, Nigiga Review, Lunaris Review, Communicators League and elsewhere. He has two books of poetry published already. Answers through the Bramble (2021) is his second collection of poems after One Call, Many Answers (2017).