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Obioji’s ‘Mother, Did You Call My Name?’ launched in London

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  • May 21, 2024
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Obioji’s ‘Mother, Did You Call My Name?’ launched in London

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THE collection of poems is the writer’s debut. It explores topical issues capable of eliciting healthy conversations that could engender deep reflections and transformations. While living in Nigeria, Amaka Felly Obioji had a stint in journalism as well as being a volunteer at the CORA-Arterial Network (a continental network of artists), Nigerian Chapter. Since relocating to London, she has continued to ply her trade in the creative turf and to pursue her passion.

And on Saturday, April 27, 2024, the multi-talented Nigerian writer and poet, Obioji launched her debut collection of poems Mother, Did You Call My Name? at the Rooftop Terrace, 5, Barking Wharf Square, London, UK. The collection of poems is a reflection on life, experiences, thoughts and observations as a young lady from Nigeria with a unique blend of adventures shaping her paths before her relocation to London and becoming a co-founder of Diaspora Africa, an independent media organisation dedicated to highlighting stories that centre on the movement of Africans at home and in the diaspora. She also explores topics such as gender, climate change, LGBTQI+ rights, refugee politics, social inclusion and more.

The event had in attendance the founder of the London Group of Multilingual Writers, Dr. Darya Protopopova, the founder of Sevhage Publishers, Karim Leo, her publisher, Su’eddie Agema, writers, poetry lovers and literary enthusiasts. It was an event filled with hearty banters, meaningful conversations, warmth and networking opportunities in an atmosphere charged with intellect and scholarship.

Amaka Felly Obioji Poses With A Copy Of Her Book (1)

Amaka Obioji

It started with a book reading where the author read interesting poems from the collection. Other writers also shared the stage by sharing bits of their literary works. Obioji then fielded questions from some of the guests while also delving into her journey as a poet and how she eventually published her first book.

Obioji said her book Mother, Did You Call My Name? is something people would want to curl up in bed to read as it provides them with an imaginary warm blanket while feeling seen and taking in words that relate to their everyday lives and mental health.

“It is a pleasure to have everyone,” she’d told her audience. “It’s exciting to be in a room filled with people who love art and poetry. Poetry is a reflection of our daily life; it’s a way of speaking when words are heavy. Poetry is important: it communicates to our soul and speaks up about social issues. It is also important to have poetry that carters to our emotions, something an everyday person can relate to, and this is what my collection aims to achieve– to make everyone feel seen. It’s like reading your best friend’s note to you.”

Feedbacks from the guests at the book launch were positive with many applauding the author’s choice to address mental health, emotions and other feelings that poets and other writers rarely explore. At the end, Obioji was on hand to autograph copies of the book. Guests showed support by getting many copies of Obioji’s debut collection.

Published by Sevhage Publishers, Mother, Did You Call My Name? is currently available at Adam’s Pages Bookstore, Abuja, Book O Clock stores, Lagos and Sokoto and on Amazon.

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