Published: 15/10/2017
ISBN: 9781788035903
Format: Paperback



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Makivu Salon and Other Poems
by Balaba Aseka

Readers will be captivated by these original poems that cover various themes, use imagery, similes, metaphors and imagination. Just like in The Tada a Nigerian statue. The villagers in Tada near a river bank often scrubbed it in the river.

The Choice is a take on common African proverb, "given the choice between a bull and the road, the fool chooses a bull." The Wrapper in Owino Market is about the Sankofa Bird, an Akan proverb.

"It is not wrong to go back for what you had forgotten."


Ndahura is one of the Cwezi mythical rulers who vanished but still in roam the earth. When Ndahura walks through Kampala with the impalas and the animals see what's become of their grazing ground;

In Makivu Salon, Medusa goes to Kivulu a suburb near Makerere University to have the braids removed and:

"Serpents thin and fine,
neat yolele braids, crimson forked fangs
licking the air, hissing, eyes shiny
callaloo seeds, their bodies
wriggling, coiling and uncoiling"


Readers will find these poems interesting. For instance, the Hired Senga (paternal aunt) is about commercialisation. One can go to an agency an hire someone to act as a relation in a cermony if she/he feels the real ones are not presentable.

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