Book: The Many Wrong Doings of Madam Do-Good by Odimegwu Onwumere

The Many Wrong Doings of Madam Do-Good by Odimegwu Onwumere

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Author, Media Consultant, the Founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), has just published a fictional account of human trafficking and child abuse, as a child rights defender and human rights crusader.

Published by Macdyke publishers, Nigeria, the book is true revelations of the strategies human traffickers use to lure their unassuming victims into forced labour and the dangers human trafficking portends in the society.

According to Onwumere, “the book is a strong case study for every individual to understand that all of us are victims of child abuse or child abuser”.

The official launch of the book has been fixed for June 12, 2010, at UAC Guest House, #17/18, Opposite SCOA Motors, Forces Avenue, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at 10am.

Publisher, National Network newspapers, Port Harcourt, Reverend Jerry Needam will chair the occasion, while Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, the Executive Governor of Rivers State will be the Special Guest of Honour. Chief Oby Ndukwe, Publisher, Beam, Port Harcourt, will be the Presenter. Guests of Honour will be Chief Martins Agbaso, the Leader, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Imo State, and Alhaji Asari Dokubo, the Founder, Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF). Book Reviewer will be Barrister J.E Emeagi, Emeagi Chambers, Port Harcourt. Hon. Suage Badey, the Chairman, Rivers State Action Congress (RSAC) will be the Host.

Other dignitaries expected to grace the occasion are Mr. Tony Uranta, Secretary, UNDESS; Prince Ogbonna Nwuke, Rivers State Commissioner of Commerce and Industry; Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, Media Consultant to Prince Tonye Princewill; Actor Sam Dede; Barrister Osima Ginah, Rivers State Commissioner of Urban Development; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, Head, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA); Dr. Davies Ikanya Ibiamu, Rivers State Commissioner for Special Duties; writers, poets, journalists, politicians and the distinguished members of the public.

“I hope the general public will be excited, not by judging the huge names involved, but by the huge revelations on human rights ‘the Many Wrong Doings of Madam Do-Good’ tends to expose,” said Odimegwu Onwumere.


Book: Piquant: Love Poems To Prince Tonye Princewill

“Piquant (Love poems to Prince Tonye Princewill)” written by Odimegwu Onwumere

Reviewer: P. C Enwereuka – BA. English – First Class Hons. , MA (ED) English, ADV. DIP. ED. ADMIN/ENGLISH, DIP. TH.

The word Piquant means at first level, “having a pleasantly and strong or spicy taste”. At second level – it means “exciting and interesting.” OAL DICTIONARY.

A careful reading of the anthology reveals a lot about the author. He is a young man whose mind is not only creative but a volcano of ideas about men, events and things.

He is perhaps one of those rare minds that Providence placed in this part of the world but trampled upon by jackboot of a class of satanic leadership that has kept this country down for too long.

If the author were born in the First World Country, he could have been among the intellectual celebrities of that part of the world. The reason in not far fetched. In the words of Prof. Tekena Tamuno, (if I am quoting him right):

“Whatever is noble

Whatever is excellent

Whatever is beautiful

Nigeria kills”.

A panoramic view of the anthology stands the author as a dancer in the arena who understands how to throw the steps of both gospel and secular classics.

The poems address spiritual, secular, social and individual matters. At the spiritual plane, the author acknowledges and extols the Almighty for being an impregnable defense to His people and the Provider for His people. See “The Lord’s Instrument,” “Have You Heard The Voice Of God?”

The poems breathe hope through its pages – refer to “To Us You Are Born, I Praise …. I Have Trusted And Never Will I be Afraid…” (Lines 6-7) “I Praise”.

Without furrowing further, the author goes on to expose both political and religious hypocrisy. In “Church And Democracy”, lines 10-13, Onwumere highlights the contradictions in the life of the political class. He describes them as “Men (who) hide in guise of church and democracy extirpating (destroying) mankind with friendly words”.

Hope keeps on blowing through the pages. In the author’s belief, the oppressed will outlive their oppressors, and the persecuted outlive their persecutors. This is so because the God of Justice and Equity is on the throne of the universe. The author did not fail to admire and extol the great Lucky Dube now of blessed memory who was cut down by the wicked hands of assassins.

Odimegwu Onwumere makes no secret of his interests in things spiritual and mundane. He does not want to be so heavenly and spiritually conscious as to be of no earthly/secular use. He paid tributes to some people who mean much to him.

Above all, Odimegwu Onwumere ‘adores’ Prince Tonye Princewill whom he sees as a role model, a paradigm for contemporary youths and politicians.

To the author, Prince Tonye Princewill is the man of the moment. Any man is free to make a choice without apologies to any other man. That is life.

It is also pertinent to observe that the language of the poem is prose-like, making it easy for any average reader to understand.

The author’s bold adventure into the literary world of poetry is commendable. After all, do we not know that poetry is the language of the noble while prose is the language of the ordinary people?

So, Prince Odimegwu Onwumere is encouraged to ride on, he is paying the price, washing his hands so well that he may have a permanent seat with the literary nobles and dine with them. Thou budding poet, ride on and let nothing deter you!

Finally, this budding literary icon deserves the financial and moral support of all lovers of literary work. Those he has immortalized and eulogized in this anthology as well as those of us have to do something so that Nigeria does not continue to kill ideas.

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About Me

Odimegwu Onwumere is a voracious reader, prolific writer, journalist, researcher, poet, thinker, social critic, political analyst, and activist. He has published two books in influencing the society he lives in, namely: Piquant: Love Poems To Prince Tonye Princewill (2008), and The many wrong doings of Madam do-good (2009), and has many unpublished manuscripts begging for publishers.

Onwumere is a journalist “Reporting for a better Environment” committed to urban and community life, which have spurred him into intensive creation of awareness to sensitizing the general public and pressurizing the government on the effect of bad policies to the environment and human rights as they relate to education, health, politics, human rights, child rights, environment etc.

He is also a Poets for Human Rights member, USA., co-founded by Poet Laureate Larry Jaffe, the author of One Child Sold, and a Champions For Nigeria Resident Poet, United Kingdom.

He founded Prince Mahak Company (RCG No: 050033), over a decade. He is also the Founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), and is the Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV), a group with over 300, 000 members scattered across the world in seeing that the government’s policies affect the rights of migrants in Rivers State, positively.

He resides in Oyigbo, Rivers State. Rivers State is one of the crude oil states in the South-South geo-political zone of Niger Delta, Nigeria.