Writers You Should Know: Okey Ndibe

I just finished reading yet another of Okey Ndibe’s articles, and it was as enjoyable as I knew it would be. It is one thing to make sense as a writer and another to possess the gift of smooth prose that leaves your reader wanting more.

Whether he’s writing as a social commentator or a book reviewer, Okey Ndibe’s writing never fails to elevate mind and soul. I particularly loved the way he summarised the meaning of Alamieyeseigha’s fate:

“The meaning of DSP’s fate is that, in the end, political chieftain or discounted peasant, stakeholder or staked to misery, rich or poor, we all die. After which, all we own—all we are ever permitted to own, really—is the name we made for ourselves, the unvarnished, un-garnished record of the life we led, the legacy we left. When a man squanders a rare opportunity to elevate the condition of his society, that man dies with little or nothing, even when—especially when—he had every manner of earthly possession.”

Do check him out.

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