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Born: 1959-03-15
Profession: Poet
Nation: Nigerian
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The acknowledged legislators of the world take the world as given. They dislike mysteries, for mysteries cannot be coded, or legislated, and wonder cannot be made into law. And so these legislators police the accepted frontiers of things.

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I'm conscious of a series of circles working its way through my life. And at this particular moment I have come round to the beginning of my writing cycle. It begins with poetry. There's hardly a day that goes past on which I don't write poetry.

Tags: Life, Past, Poetry

It is not important for me as a writer that you leave a piece of writing of mine with either an agreement or even a resonance with what I have said. What is important is that you leave with the resonance of what you have felt and what you thought in reaction to that.

Tags: Said, Thought, Writing

The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure.

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The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.

Tags: Inspirational, Love, Suffering

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.

Tags: Attention, Away, Both

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.

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Don't despair too much if you see beautiful things destroyed, if you see them perish. Because the best things are always growing in secret.

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I learned that life will go through changes - up and down and up again. It's what life does.

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Our time here is magic! It's the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique, in. It's the only space.

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The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.

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Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.

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The best writing is not about the writer, the best writing is absolutely not about the writer, it's about us, it's about the reader.

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Politics is the art of the possible; creativity is the art of the impossible.

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I am not fighting for success, just to get more beauty out of myself and share it with more people.

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I know that human beings are capable of anything.

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One of the greatest gifts my father gave me - unintentionally - was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man.

Tags: Courage, Greatest, Life

When you can imagine you begin to create and when you begin to create you realize that you can create a world that you prefer to live in, rather than a world that you're suffering in.

Tags: Rather, Realize, Suffering

To sustain your belief through situations that completely undermine it is quite something.

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I was born left-handed, but I was made to use my other hand. When I was writing 'Famished Road,' which was very long, I got repetitive stress syndrome. My right wrist collapsed, so I started using my left hand. The prose I wrote with my left hand came out denser, so later on I had to change it.

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Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book, then they'll only see their narrow range reflected in it.

Tags: Book, Creative, Writing

You see, I was told stories, we were all told stories as kids in Nigeria. We had to tell stories that would keep one another interested, and you weren't allowed to tell stories that everybody else knew. You had to dream up new ones.

Tags: Another, Else, Keep

I lived rough, by my wits, was homeless, lived on the streets, lived on friends' floors, was happy, was miserable.

Tags: Friends, Happy, Miserable
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I was going to be a scientist.

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I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.

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The greatest religions convert the world through stories.

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The strange thing about Africa is how past, present and future come together in a kind of rough jazz, if you like.

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To anyone who is homeless, I say, find a home.

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We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity. Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.

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