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Mountain of Yesterday

Although he had given Udoka a year within which to settle down and repay the two thousand naira he had loaned him, occasionally, Isioma, his first wife, would come asking for repayment of the money. Udoka would absorb the embarrassment, apologize and plead for more time.

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Piano and Drums for Gabriel Okara at 96

I had set out to title this tribute as The Long Life of Poetry: Gabriel Okara at 96. But, just as soon, a second overwhelming nudge rebuked me with the recollection that, the celebrator himself, in the path-finding iconoclasm that has characterised his poetic craftsmanship for more than six decades, had long provided a caption in the fitting title to one of the most enduring masterpieces to have come out of African literature: Piano and Drums.

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