Kenneth C. Ubani

Lagos, Nigeria

Mother and You

My name is Kenneth Chiedozie Ubani. I was born to catholic parents, John and Juliana Ubani in Ufuma, the present Onumba-North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

I had my B. A. (Hons) degree in the Department of creative arts University of Port Harcourt in 1990 and a masters degree in painting in 1994 and in the same year joined the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan for a Ph.D degree in Africa visual Art history.

As a painter, I have exhibited at both local and National levels and have obtained a certificate of honours Award of the N.G.O. Boaba in Lagos a visual art poster contest on the declaration of Women’s Human Rights in 1999.

I am also a member and art consultant of the Ngo; Helping Hands African Children foundation in Lagos. I am happy to write that we have used the creative media vis a vis visual art writing to address issues bordering the rights of the child and women: AIDS, less privileged and the Motherless babies home.

My first publication was in Poetry. It appeared in an educational magazine in 1987 when I was a first year student of the University of Port Harcourt in River State. It was a poem on Nelson Mandela. In this poem I prophesied about his release and he was eventually released.

Subsequent publication followed until I got both local government and state award of the Ikere-Ekiti in the then Ondo State in 1991 where I served as a Corper teaching Fine Art at St. Louis Grammar School Ikere-Ekiti. The award was on the two books I wrote: MANY ARE LIKE THAT and ABC Picture Book translated into the three major Nigerian Languages: Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba. Many Are Like That was a school novel on a mentally retarded woman who gave birth to a baby boy. The story was on the deplorable life of the child without care, neither from the government nor the citizens. Till this day, I have published quite a number of children literatures addressing the issue of the rights of the child.

I have also published my poetry in may anthologies. For example the international society of poets, Maryland, U.S.A.

Poet/Artist's Statement

I am specially delighted to be intimated about the OUTSPOKEN ART/ARTE CLARO program. Our individual voices concerning the continued treatment of women and children especially in Africa will be reached globally through the congenial media searchlight poetry. As a poet, I am most excited and would be glad to be one of the participants.

My contribution to this great event is a poem titled FLINCH and a painting titled YOU AND MOTHER.

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