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Straining at the Seams: Poems for Nigeria at 100 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kabura Zakama   
Sunday, 09 February 2014 16:58

Kairos Productions will publish an anthology of poems to commemorate Nigeria's centenary celebrations.

Although submission of poems closed in 2013, Kairos Productions will consider good submissions until a decision to publish is made.

Interested poets, irrespective of nationality, can still submit a maximum of 3 poems for consideration. Only poems that has Nigeria as subject matter will be considered.

Please submit poems as an attachment in an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Publication date is likely to be in the last quarter of 2014.


The Colour of Honour PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kabura Zakama   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 08:02

One more time too many we are confronted with a bunch of angry legislators. The anger is not directed at the abject poverty in the midst of plenty that is Nigeria. Not at the senseless loss of life on our roads. Not at the lack of infrastructure in the so-called Giant/Heart of Africa. This time the anger of the ‘almighty men and women’ is directed at the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. For stating the obvious, that the few hundreds of men and women at the National Assembly are gulping a relatively large chunk of the tax payers’ money, the Governor is suddenly a villain that should be summoned like a criminal to appear before the Senate and offer an apology. Nowadays if a fly so much as attempts to land on the cars of the members of the National Assembly, it must be summoned to the chambers of the house!

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2011 15:53
A Lay Poet's Views on Criticism PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kabura Zakama   
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 12:24

The early years

How did I start writing poetry? This is one of the most difficult questions I have to answer. It is also simple. I was suffused with emotion and I found myself transferring my feelings onto paper. It felt good and I kept at it! I must have been about thirteen then.

Throughout my teenage years, I kept on writing poetry with the limited vocabulary that was available to me. Usually emotional stuff which I then thought was romantic. At that time, I was mostly the only audience for the poems. A few close friends were allowed to take a peek at my scribblings.

Genius or laziness?

As I made progress in my poetry writing, I noticed that I was not able to revise my writing. I actually could write a poem straight from my head (or was it my heart?)! It should be noted that I was not privileged to have contact with poets and I was so reluctant to share my poems with a wider audience. I called my efforts ‘attempts at poetry!’ But it happened that I would write a poem and be happy with it without any revisions! At first, I told myself that I was a natural. Then I thought ‘if only I could receive some form of formal training or coaching in poetry!’

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 February 2014 16:16
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