Thursday, 26 July 2007


I read his interview in the Guardian (Nigeria). He had these terrific works of art - pottery- that talked the Civil War talk. Poignant. And he wasn't looking at issues through the lens of the Poet-Prof. J.P. Clark.

Ozioma Onuzulike is an artist and writer from Nigeria. He graduated in 1996 with a B.A. (First Class Honors) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he also obtained an M.F.A. in Ceramics.

Onuzulike's a potter who's got strong affinities for poetry - his works speak the dialects of poetry. Here's what he say's:"I find a strong correlation between poetry and the plastic arts. As a cerarnist (potter), I see the clay working processes as a storehouse of concrete imageries for addressing everyday events and social encounters in the larger society. Working in clay and other earth media, I increasingly find a strong relationship between poetry and pottery"

His last exhibition was , i guess, Casualities.
To read his poems -

He's not been the news since that last exhibition, haven't heard about him, but he's still somewhere in Nsukka, i guess.

I've a poem for him starts like this:

Onuzulike sounds like Ogbunike
They both dwell in Nsukka
In the Navel of Eastern Nigeria...

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