Before our very eyes, the poetry of Boluwatife Afolabi has emerged, as butterfly from cocoon, and taken dainty flight. It is a privilege to witness these protean moments and to relish the ineffable joy they yield.
This chapbook has seen prior incarnations. In the way that the wind happens to the place with most of the tall grass, Afolabi’s inspiration has settled on those boughs that most exercise our sentience and our humanity. He, the poet, has come a long way from where he started. If the trajectories mapped in these poems are any indication, this poet is one to watch.
I’m chuffed, to be asked to write this introduction to a poet of enormous promise and potential. I am amazed at the quality of mind and poetics deployed in this chapbook. I’ve watched the unfurling of the banner. Seeing it flying the crest of Afolabi’s imagination with the first rays of this new day bolsters my faith in the future of African poetry.
– Tade Ipadeola