Igbo poetry: Ihunanya
Kemgbe, ana’m acho ihe ga eme’m obi oma
For a while, I’ve been searching for something to fill my heart
Ugbua achotala’m gi
Now I have found you
Obi m di uto
My heart is happy
By Aliyah Blackmore*, AFROPUNK Contributor
Chiizii is a visual artist and textile designer born and currently based in London, raised in New York with an eastern Nigerian Igbo background; her work is a reflection of her varied surroundings and experiences, a powerful relationship with color and pattern, traditional and modern technique, with a special emphasis on culture –her own culture as well as the many that she has a connection with.
Art is a means through which she expresses social commentary, thoughts, and creates a space to learn about herself and others, as explored in her graduate collection “Agbogho Chizitalu;” the vibrant and layered collection is an ode to heritage, particularly masquerades of Igbo culture, unraveled through a series of textile garments, artwork, jewelry and a soundtrack.
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SUBS CORRECTION: Anyanwu – instead of – Anwu
Nwanyi agbobia mara mma nke ukwu ka m bu
I am a beautiful young woman
Anyanwu ututu ‘cha, m’bilite na ura
As the sun rises, I wake up
M’lee anya n’enyo, so mma so mma
I look at my reflection, it’s such a beautiful sight (literally: so beautiful, so beautiful)
Ihu’m nine bu mma
My whole face is beautiful
Ahu’m nine bu mma
My whole body is beautiful
Okwu’m kwuru ekwu di mma
The words I speak are beautiful
Ije’m jere eje di mma
The way I move is beautiful
Ochi’m chira-chi di mma
My laugh is beautiful
Mgbe obula m kwuru okwu, ndi mmadu na ege’m nti
Whenever I speak, people listen to me
Makana ihe m n‘eme di mma
Because what I do is beautiful