English: Poet Backgrounds: Niyi Ossundare [Not My Business]

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Poetry From Different Cultures
Not My Business
Niyi Osundare
THE POET Niyi Osundare Nigerian. Osundare was born in IkereEkiti,
within the Ekiti state of Nigeria, Africa. He is a prolific poet, dramatist
and literary critic. Osundare's passion for the English language is
reflected by his many degrees Bachelors, Masters and Honours. He
has offered his services as a professor of English for many years. As a
poet Osundare feels very strongly about politics.
THE POET'S INSPARATION Osundare's native country Nigeria, was under
dictatorship, by General Sandi Abacha, whilst he lived there. Writing
poetry was considered a dangerous activity in his country, due to the
unstable government. Osundare would write poems as an act of
rebellion, expressing his distaste for the unjust system of politics.
Osundare regularly sent his work into a local Nigerian Newspaper, he
would write about the hardship experienced by the people of Nigeria.
He describes how he frequently found himself subjected to questioning
as to what he was trying to imply by his word "with the kind of
poetry I write, I can never be the dictator's friend. So I get a knock
on the door at two in the morning a couple of times."
In `Not My Business' Osundare is criticizing those who are aware of
injustice but allow it to continue as they are not directly affected. His
message to such people is that one day it will turn around and affect
them.
"You cannot keep quiet about the situation in the
kind of countries we find ourselves in, in Africa.
When you wake up and there is no running water,
when you have a massive power outage for days
and nights, no food on the table, no hospital for the
sick, no peace of mind' when the image of the ruler
you see everywhere is that of a dictator with a gun
in his hand and, on the international level, when you
live in a world in which your continent is consigned to the
margin, a world in which the colour of your skin is a contrast
Luke Pattison,

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disadvantage, everywhere you go then there is no other
way to write about this, in an attempt to change the situation
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