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Tope in this amazing book, wows us with his ability to craft beautiful words into poetry that anyone would really enjoy... a long time coming, but it's worth the wait.
The Bottom of another Tale is a rare blend of legends and maxims. Free flowing contemporary African tales suffused with native wisdom and riddles. The collection is quite a delight. Engaging, the tales are short, crisp and pregnant, with diverse messages. - Tubal Rabbi Cain, multiple award winning poet and author, Mystery in our stream and Dandaula and other African Tales. Dense thoughts, dense happenings, linkages and intertextuality; a writer’s attempt to tread the thin line between dreams and reality, The Bottom of another Tale is a daring attempt, an ingenious departure from the norm. - Maria Ajima, literary scholar and award winning author of The Survivors and Cycles. Agema’s stories are peopled by unforgiven men, gods and demons. They are delivered with a candour that reminds us of the brutality of reality and the arbitrariness of existence, bringing to fore Agema’s keen sense of observation as an emergent voice on Nigeria’s literary landscape. - Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Caine Prize 2013 Shortlist, award winning author of The Whispering Trees. These stories glow like burnished nuggets of gold. Su’eddie has a mastery of words and a gift for story telling that is uncanny in its uniqueness and inspiring in its application. To read his words is to escape to a world of verisimilitude, where culture, politics and societal nuances are revealed with subtle wisdom, endearing warmth and light spirited humour, not only as they are but as they should be. These stories are as thoroughly entertaining as they are viscerally enlightening. - Jude Idada, award winning playwright and author of Oduduwa: King of the Edos.
"One of the most eloquent, passionate and imaginative collection of poems I have read in a while. An all encompassing and thought provoking collection, the sort of dose we need at times like this. A reminder that the artist is still the sensitive point of the society" - Odachi Elizabeth Onogwu, Literary Scholar and critic “Su’eddie’s poetry is full of silence; of words/sounds that combine with silence to create a dense accretion of images...: it creates a gyre which widens and widens until it covers the entire surface of the pond” – Hyginus Ekwuazi, Multiple award winning poet and literary critic “Bring our Casket Home is one of the most powerful evocations on the deep things of life I have read in recent times. It is a work of poetry conceived and written in the form of meditations. It makes one realize how man, in his quest for survival often neglects the value of meditation. An exploration of this debut collection of poems, woven in delightful images is bound to take into cognisance certain events, joyful or sorrowful in the poet’s life.” - Maik Ortserga, critic and literary administrator. “Su’eddie’s poems like songs serenade the core of anguish and at the same time tease the ease of our most mellow moments. With the poise of a minstrel Su’eddie draws us into the strings of his messages with rhythms that transcend caskets and losses. His is a rare talent” - Unoma Azuah, Multiple award winning writer and scholar.
PRAISE FOR HOME EQUALS HOLES: TALE OF AN EXILE (Winner, Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry 2014) Agema’s Home Equal Holes: Tales of an Exile is a product of an aesthetic that renders private anxiety in a coherent, sustained metaphor that does not shy from interrogating the public. With its intriguing marriage of private and public images, and a subtle leaning towards orality, the collection appears versatile and protean, seeking, with an acute sense of commitment, answers to everyday questions that confront very many people living in the condition of abuse and privation in contemporary Nigeria. - Judges Report, Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry 2014 Su’eddie’s poetry is precociously profound. There aren’t many poets of this generation whose art possess such depth of themes; such sophistication of diction. - Reward Nsirim, author of Fresh Air and other stories Su’eddie Vershima Agema also knows how to brew despair and misery so deliciously you would pay for a sip of it… But HOME EQUALS HOLES is not all gloom and gnashing of teeth. There is also hope for blue skies and sunshine. There is no certainty, though. There is only hope. Su’eddie Vershima Agema approaches poetry with the confidence and dexterity of a master craftsman who seems to have so mastered the ropes that he can walk its entire length even without a balancing pole. - Uchenna Franklin Ekweremadu
When the audience hears the poet say: ‘But dreams do not care from whose quilt they are borne'. It is poetic truth of a profound kind they hear. This collection has the earthy feel of real experience and yet the thrust and heft of creative imagination. - Tade Ipadeola, multiple award winning author of The Sahara Testaments and Winner of The NLNG Prize for Literature 2013 Amuneni takes us through tortuous spaces in beautiful language nuanced in gestural intensity wherein the beat of succinct words, destinies and destinations find purpose on the page. ...for his lucidity of perception, tapestried locutions, deftness at painting word hybrid of riddles and insights, we should be most grateful. - Shittu Fowora, award winning writer, editor and critic. I first encountered Amuneni at an Abuja Literary Society (ALS) meeting. It was also my pleasure to host him on the first five editions of the Night of the Spoken Word (NSW) Poetry Show. He has since gone on to make significant contributions to the spoken word poetry scene in Abuja. There is a Lunatic in Every Town is Amuneni translating his prowess as a spoken word poet to the published book. This transition – from stage to page – is always a difficult one, but Amuneni accomplishes it in this collection. From metaphorical sketches of Nigerian cities and socio-political conditions, to the inevitable engagement with love, There is a Lunatic in Every Town tells an all too human story in Amuneni’s unmistakable voice. - Dike Chukwumerije, multiple award winning author, poet and ace performance poet. Bash Amuneni explores compelling themes in a voice that draws you in. It's art to the ear and the eye. - Efe Paul Azino, ace performance poet and author of For broken men that cross often. Bash Amuneni picks words from within and paints pictures to touch those who would listen. This is one crazy poet talking to the lunatic in all of us; would we listen? - Su’eddie Vershima Agema, multiple award winning poet and winner of the ANA Prize for Poetry, 2014