Ode to God; a Poetic Contemplation of Different Aspects of God

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Eulogy To God

Title: Ode To GOD
Author: Lekan Ojenike
Publisher: Bestworth Books, Lagos
Pages: 141
Year: 2010
Reviewer: Blessed Mudiaga Adjekpagbon

Lekan Ojenike has, in his latest work, Ode to GOD, shown great reverence to the highest Being worthy of praise and worship. He is an award winning poet and a senior editorial member of the Christ-Herald Literature Ministry, and author of an earlier poetry collection titled, In Still Moments. Ojenike who has also authored a play, The Foolish Wise, that lampoons mankind for their foolishness and stultifies what many people call wisdom, uses Ode to GOD to give desirable praises to the Creator of the Universe in the 141-page book. The joy of reading the book lies mostly in its simplicity of language and subtle and humorous reference to immediate past and current events in Nigeria, especially the inordinate crave for political power that make African leaders want to hang on to power even when it is obvious that their times are up.

The book is a ‘poetic contemplation of different aspects of God’. Though most of the qualities of God Ojenike contemplates on in offering praises and worship to God are well known and prevail from time immemorial, the styles the poet in Ojenike employs in his praise and worship are unique. For example, symbols and imageries are localized to enable readers to identify with the metaphors and other figures of speech employed. Therefore, reading the book, it is very glaring that many characteristics of God have been ascribed to man. However, the poet tries successfully to retrieve those traits back to the owner, God, the almighty. For examples, proving that God owns every thing on earth, Ojenike questions the title of the monarch of Oyo whose title is Alaafin, translated the owner of the palace. He asks, ‘Who owns the palace/ Who owns the man therein resides/ For a while…a fleeting while?’ It…...

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