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Lukman Adedoyin was at the occasion where a new poetry collection was celebrated.

21st of March was adopted as World Poetry Day during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999. "By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, UNESCO recognizes in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness." These are the words of Irina Bokova, The Director-General of UNESCO.

One of the main objectives of the World Poetry Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities and beyond. The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the not too popular oral tradition of poem recitations also known as spoken word poetry, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a link between poetry and the other genre of arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting.  All these are so much important that, it is meant to rekindle the art of poetry which in recent time is often considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

Few days to this great day of appreciating poetry, I was  at a gathering of lovers of literary arts in the city of Lagos, to witness the official launch of the master piece written and packaged by a vibrant author Adejoke Kafayat Ajibade-Bakare. It was a book of poetry.

The Sun Shall Soon Shine is the debut poetry collection of Adejoke Kafayat Ajibade-Bakare. It embodies life in its different phases and faces. This seventy-two page book, which contains a total of sixty-two poems, is a representation of the dreams we all aspire to achieve from the womb, to childhood, as a nation, as individual souls, and through life’s palaver. Hoping the sun shall soon shine...

Published internationally by Xlibris UK Publishing on October 13, 2015 and in Nigeria by Texy Productions, Lagos, on February 3, 2016, this year the book is scheduled for five major international book exhibitions which are Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, London Book Fair in United Kingdom, BookExpo America, Guadalajara Book Fair in Mexico and Beijing Book Fair in China.

The author was outstanding in the use of metaphoric tools in painting the satirical images of the themes she wrote on. The use of other literary devices like personification,  rhymes, hyperbole, pun, litotes, meiosis,  assonance, alliteration etc added technical depth and sensational flavour to the literary piece. No doubt, students of learning will have a lot to learn from these poems beyond the enjoyment and satisfaction to be derived from reading the poems.


Students of Taqwa Private -School performing one of the poems
Students of Taqwa Private School performing one of the poems in the book, 'I am a Chibok Girl'

The title poem, “The Sun Shall Soon Shine” tells a story of hope in hopelessness, typical of an average Nigerian struggling just to put morsels in his/her starving stomach. The morals however tells that even in such extreme situation, where even dependents on the breadwinner are equally starving and no plate of meal is forthcoming, the miraculous benevolent Hand of the Almighty can be extended to you. With hope and faith, succor will soon come from where you least expect. Poems like this are potent tools in ensuring social stability and psychological confidence.

Also, the author appreciated the uniqueness of the female gender with a couple of emotional outpours, in the section tagged "Womb Tales", that teaches the general public on reasons to always relate with women, especially those going through maternal events with psychological considerations. The section tagged "Childhood Dreams" tells inspirational tales of yesterday that will encourage the gems of today. Other sections of the book are on reflections on the "Woes of a Nation", "Soul talk" and "Life's Palaver"

According to Adejoke Ajibade-Bakare, “my vision for The Sun shall Soon Shine is for it to positively impact the minds of readers towards becoming the best version of themselves, appreciating and understanding life for what it truly is. I also intend to get it to the hands of as many youths as possible; they need to be empowered and exposed to the rising realities of everyday life. Understanding that amidst all experiences, there are lessons to be learnt and opportunities for success”.

The book has found its way to the prestigious library of the University of Birmingham through one of the launchers.

However, The Sun Shall Soon Shine is currently at Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Library, United Kingdom and National Library of Scotland, United Kingdom, while plans are underway to donate some copies of the book to the National Library of Nigeria, Lagos.

Online, copies of the book are available on the Facebook fan page of TheSunShallSoonShine, Barnes and Noble Read Instantly, Amazon Look Inside and Google Books Preview. Plans are underway to have it available in major book stores in Nigeria immediately after the book launch.

Adejoke Kafayat Ajibade-Bakare was born in Offa, Kwara state, Nigeria. Her passion for poetry was born in 2009 during a transitional phase of her life into motherhood. Her poem Cold Path was published in Forward Press Regional’s The World Is Your Oyster.

Adejoke is a Corporate Communications Specialist in a reputable downstream oil & gas company in Lagos. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Marketing & Advertising from Coventry University in the West Midlands in the United Kingdom. Adejoke is also a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Marketing. Described as a childhood literary enthusiast with creative mindset, she was also acknowledged for her exemplary leadership roles at home and at work. It will be agreed that this literary masterpiece is a blend of motivation and worthy literary experiences. It is surely a must read for literary enthusiasts.

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