A discussion of Ololade Nafisat Ejemdibia’s thoughts in verse by Moshood Folorunsho.

Thinking is a mental process about ideas, themes, etc. that usually precedes actions such as communication, problem solving, decision making and conceptualization.

There is almost no action that a person wants to take without thinking about it first.

Communication as an action has four main forms: verbal, non-verbal, written and visual. Thus, ‘Thoughts in Verses’ is a series of mental processes on various themes communicated by the author through poetry.

This collection contains 50 inspiring poems by Ololade Ejemdibia and published in 2022 by OAK Initiative, a publisher of OAK Foundation, a charitable organization established with the aim of supporting needy students, widows and orphans in Africa. The set of 50 poems has the drive that will enable the reader to immerse for a long time and get a clearer picture of all the themes explored by the poet.

The poems can be grouped under 14 different themes – change, love, knowledge, feeling, period, hate, hope, light, environment, life and death, corruption, power, virtue and evil.

Change, it is said, is the only constant in life. Nine poems, “Boy and Man,” “Different,” “The Cracked Egg,” “Getting Older,” “Change,” “Shifting World,” “Dynamic,” “What is Change,” and “Dying World” fit into this theme and show not only different forms of change, but also how difficult it is to notice some forms of change.

For example, in ‘Other’: ‘In the morning you will wake up/And everything will be the same’. This line is ironic and shows how hard it is to notice a change between the time a person sleeps and wakes up.

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“But today will be something different. Something will have changed’, the poet is still not sure if anything has changed, but something has really changed and what has changed could be you.

One of the best poems in this theme is ‘The Cracked Egg’, a metaphor for a life of struggle. The struggle may crack us in the face, but the poet admonishes us to keep our hearts as they were: “Now I’m cracked/And my entrails are on display… But I’m worth no less than before/For my inside is just as they were’.

In this collection four poems fit in the theme of love. They are ‘Love Proposal’, ‘Happiness By Your Side’, ‘Eachother’ and ‘Aloneness’. The language of love is universal. Once expressed in any form, it is usually understood.

In ‘Each Other’ the poet uses love as a panacea for pain and fear. Once two people are in love, they have nothing but each other for comfort in any chaotic situation. ‘Happiness By Your Side’ is like ‘Each other’ in context. In that poem, the two characters move on and dream of overcoming their fear and finding happiness by staying side by side.

Four poems, ‘Flaming Hatred’, ‘Dark Cloud’, ‘What Love Is’ and ‘Hatred Is A Cancer’ fit into the theme of hate.

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‘Knowledge’ is another important theme. Five poems, ‘In search of knowledge’, ‘The price of knowledge’, ‘The path’, ‘That desire’ and ‘Self-doubt’ are suitable for this theme.

In ‘The Price of Knowledge’, any price paid for seeking and acquiring knowledge is ultimately worth it. It supports the famous saying, ‘If acquiring knowledge is expensive, try ignorance’.

‘Looking For Knowledge’ shows that even if you have paid the price for knowledge, acquiring it is a tedious process. How annoying it can be is captured metaphorically by the poet: “All you can do is bite/So you sink your teeth into the rock/And pull at it with all your might/Till the rock begins to crumble/Then bites you again, and again, and again, until one day… / You make a hole in the rock / Big enough to squeeze through.

The theme of corruption has three poems that fit into it, namely ‘Political Dearth’, ‘Corrupt’ and ‘The Farce of Democracy’. In ‘Political Dearth’ the poet is bold and direct in saying: ‘They claim to act on our behalf/But they are actually ruining all our wealth/They are more concerned with filling their pockets’. The poet reiterates his point of view in ‘Corrupt’, ‘It’s a world gone mad/And we’re all going bankrupt/Our leaders lie and take our money.

Some of the poems in the entire collection are so lyrical with the use of rhyme scheme.

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In all, different tropes such as metaphor, irony, simile and personification are used to make the collection bubble.

With this collection it is clear that the author is a synth, who is not only creative, but also curious in approach.

She explores intellectual ideas and phenomena, asking various rhetorical questions and reflecting on a range of insights and possibilities. I will recommend this collection to everyone.

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