WHITE MASK: POEMS (2019) by Ebi Yeibo



“This collection of poetry both reflects and creates attitudes that we now regard as characteristic of our age – the crisis of nationhood and the burden of citizenship. Ebi Yeibo’s White Masks unambiguously exposes the dystopian nightmares of a nation and a people’s willing detachment from humanity. While some poets of his generation are content with dreaming of an ideal world, in White Masks, Yeibo, through the resources of memory, experiments with the idea of a better world.”

Professor Ogaga Okuyade, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

“…Ebi Yeibo’s White Masks is a collection inspired by hope. In whichever way it is read, it cannot but invite a political and social argument. Highly recommended to the discerning reader—to anyone who takes more than a passing interest in any aspect of modern Nigerian poetry.”

Professor Hyginus Ekwuazi, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

“…In theme, temper, and style, Yeibo reconfigures human experience in a manner that makes it ethereal. In White Masks, Yeibo charts new frontiers of human experience in culture, environment, spirituality, and history, while also foregrounding the nuances that give his earlier poetry its distinctiveness.”

Professor Sunday Awhefeada, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
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Ebi Yeibo

Educated at Abraka, Ibadan and Owerri, Ebi Yeibo holds a PhD in English Language and teaches in the Department of English and Literary Studies, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State. He is the author of Of Waters and the Wild (2017), The Fourth Masquerade (2014), Shadows of the Setting Sun (2012), The Forbidden Tongue (2007), A Song for Tomorrow (2003) and Maiden Lines (1997). He was winner of the ANA/Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (2018), ANA Poetry Prize (2014) and the Isaac Boro Prize for Niger Delta Literature (2008). He was runner-up, ANA Poetry Prize (2017 and 2005) and Pat Utomi Book Prize for African Literature (2006); and was listed for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature (2017). Ebi Yeibo has also won the ANA Bayelsa State Poetry Prize (2008), ANA Delta State Poetry Prize (2003 & 2004) and ANA Oyo State Poetry Prize (2000)., Nigeria.

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