PIN QUARTERLY JOURNAL (ISSUE 8): EDITOR’S NOTE
Strokes & Scars
When your skin becomes a pamphlet of scars drawn by strokes of unsavoury experiences, give a pen to your scars and let them draw countless savoury lines, assuaging your pain, grief and disillusionment.
Devising overriding themes for the PIN Quarterly Journal has never been at the point of soliciting entries, we simply allow the tides of creativity sweep in what is considered topical and ideal for all 17 columns. This has oftentimes proved a favorable disposition as it allows our publication to naturally blend with the realities of the moment. Having lost my eyes and mind, for many days, to the duty of editing the 8th issue of the PIN Quarterly Journal, it occurred to me that, the little ones with dark hair have become gray-minded. Resultantly, it took a little effort stamping ‘Strokes & Scars’ on the cover art of the journal, provided by Mr. Waduud, a student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. The young artist had, on his Facebook timeline, captioned the artwork ‘Old Boy’ – a phrase which insinuates that age has its true measurability calibrated on experience, and not years. Beyond the pleasure of evaluating the contents of the journal, it is a relief to realise that, the supposed little ones have attained mental maturity by selling their soul to creativity, as against social vices.
Validating the foregoing are very topical poems authored by Aire Joshua Omotayo, Adaeje M. Nwadike, Martins Tomisin Olusola and Ayangbenro Michael Ayobami, which appear in ‘The Cradle’. Their lines bite hard at the mind to call for the rightness of actions favoring both individual and national wellbeing. Works by Agbaakin Jeremiah, Osuji Chisom, Michael Ace and Ebenezer Adaramodu in ’Crispy Satire’ further emphasize the need for societal cleansing. However, unlike their counterparts in other columns, they drive home their points on the wheel of mischief and amusement. Remarkably, the prize winners of the 2017 edition of the Nigerian Students Poetry Prize, Bakre Fadil Adedamola, Ajah Henry Ekene and Bona Solomon have their works featured in ‘Blazing Hot’.
Olaitan Maryam Mojisola figuratively and pictorially declares herself a rusted petal in Photo-Poetry. The beauty of the poem thrives on the succinctness of its wording which tones down the fear her emphatic revelations inspire. Steve McNevets collaborated with John Shaibu to etch creative words on marble – a union that positions poetry and photography as formidable allies. Beautiful narratives with poetic inclinations by Nwagbo Ebubechukwu Bruno, Asedumade Habeebullah and Abayomi Oluwatosin Joseph encapsulate Food-Poetry. The trio unremorsefully announces their undying affection for foods within different cultural settings. Faraway from the oral opening, is a crevice creatively patronised by Wakchin Nengak, Jide Badmus, Umeh Martins and Emmnuel Anzaku. Theirs is a distinct zone.
Deservedly, Professor Christian Anieke (Vice Chancellor, Godfrey Okoye University), Chisom Okafor (3rd Prize Winner, NSPP 2016), Dike Dyke Williams (Publisher, Pearls Magazine), Helen Gyigya (Member, PIN Makurdi Connect Centre) are our special contributors. Additionally, On the Spot features brief chats with Ikeogu Oke, winner of The NLNG Prize for Literature (2017) and Seun Lari-Williams who was longlisted for the same prize. Conversely, Chief Gladys Russel, a retired civil servant, poet and playwright, talks exhaustively with the President of PIN, Sir Eriata Oribhabor in a different part of the same column. The works of Mary’am Thaoban and Maryam Gatawa pioneer ‘From the Connect Centres’. The latter, through her poem entitled ‘Rohingya Bleeds’ exposes you to the perpetuity of violence and gruesomeness of inhumanity.
Like previous issues, there is no decline in the quality of works assigned to all columns, including those not highlighted herewith; it runs deep and wide. Hopefully, this will make tenable my apology for untimely release of the journal.
Please, fixate your roving eyes and perceptive minds on these creative outpourings inspired by strokes and scars. Ciao!
Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom
Editor, PIN Quarterly Journal