Saturday, 27 March 2021

Amadi's poetic journey through shadow of 'Ayatollah Khameni'

Ifeanyi Amadi. Pic: c/o Ifeanyi Amadi,

AFTER getting inspiration of resistance from the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Ifeanyi Amadi has some thoughts to share. From being a student at University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, in post-Iranian revolution, to his passion in patriotism towards change for his country, Amadi seemed to have something in common with the late Ayatollah of Iran and other icons of revolt across the world.

Amadi's book titled The Chemical Poems of Ayatollah Khameni loosely celebrates the resistance spirit of the Iranian people in a context of poetry. Launched at Win Arc Gallery, Peace Estate,  Baruwa Ipaja, in Lagos few days ago with another of Amadi's book titled Tourist in Wahala' Land, it is a collection of poems, which the author disclosed was "written mostly from a laboratory at the University of Port Harcourt."

Amadi was a student activist at University of Port Harcourt while aspiring to be a scientist. He recalled how the writing of the poem was inspired for being also known then to be keen about revolutionary figures, writings and events. "I also harbored a restless revolutionary spirit and fervor, even desiring a revolution for my own country."  whose ceaseless corruption and inept leadership continue to impede her political greatness and economic advancement."

These antecedents and more culminated in his mates nicknaming him “Ayatollah Khamenei,” after the spiritual leader of the Republic of Iran. That name, in combination with one of the famous Rosicrucian manifestos, “The Chemical Wedding,” form the title of this gathering of poetic thoughts.

Currently based in United Arab Emirates, UAE, Amadi said his two books are published in the UK by Authorhouse. The other book, Tourist in Wahala Land is a three-act play, in which the author presents a political satire designed to cast literary light on the corrupt goings-on in the dysfunctional systems of most third world states.

It also points out the roles developed societies play in contributing to the failures of these third world nations and seek to expose the hypocrisy of some religious adherents who sneak into the red-light districts to partake in sexual activities at dusk while feigning chastity, sanctity, and sanctimony during the day.

Synopsis of Tourist in Wahala Land 

When an American tourist named Mr. Finecountry arrives in Wahala Land for a visit, he encounters a variety of people, including various public officials, a taxi driver, a prostitute, and armed robbers. 

He faces mishap after mishap as he runs up against the mismanagement and rot within the fabric of the country’s systems.

In all, this play reveals the near absence of justice and communal welfare in a failed society as everyone struggles for what they and their cronies alone can benefit from the corrupt system.

The Chemical Poems of Ayatollah Khameni

This poetry collection offers a series of political, satirical, sarcastic, surreal, and adorational rhymes and rebukes to the events of our contemporary society.


Ifeanyi Amadi's bio states: He "is an Igbo-born biomedical scientist and author who currently lives in the United Arab Emirates. 

He is a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and holds a Bachelor of technology degree in biomedical technology. 

He also holds a Latin diploma certificate in Roman classics from St. Joseph Major Seminary, an affiliate of Urban University, Rome. 

He enjoys music, soccer, boxing, and reading.

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