Title: The Rheavolution
Author: Ololade Ajayi
Release Date: 01 September, 2023.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Rheavolution, an electrifying poetry collection emerging from the embers of shared trauma, ushers in a poetic revolution that challenges the status quo and redefines the resilience of the human spirit. Penned by the visionary poet Ololade Ajayi, this extraordinary collection promises to ignite minds by fearlessly delving into themes of identity, equality, feminism, social justice, mental health and liberation, inspiring readers to challenge norms and stereotypes and rise above adversity.
The Rheavolution” is not just a poetry collection; it’s a communique between advocates and victims on resisting abuse, it’s a call to arms and a therapeutic approach that explores the power of words to bring about change.
Through an exquisite blend of evocative imagery, rhythmic verse, and profound insights, Ololade Ajayi takes readers on a trans-formative journey of societal introspection. The poems in this collection serve as rallying cries for budding activists.
“The Rheavolution” embraces experimentation, infusing each poem with a rebellious spirit that interrogate normalcy and stirs the imagination. The poet fearlessly captures the wide range of human emotions, intertwining moments of vulnerability and sparks of hope into a beautifully woven thread that is bound to resonate with readers.
“The Rheavolution” transcends boundaries of race, gender, and creed, fostering empathy and unity among its readers. Ololade Ajayi demonstrates unparalleled skill in crafting poetic masterpieces that fuse artistry with social consciousness.
The collection is a testament to the transformative power of words to challenge the status quo and inspire collective action.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ololade Ajayi is a writer, a podcast host, an award winning poet and a Women and child rights advocate. In 2016, her poem, “The Allocation” won the 1st runner up place in the Nelson Mandela Day Poetry prize. She has also won several Poetry competitions in her Poetry Community and has been published on several Journals including www.pleaseseeme.com. Ololade holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Ado-Ekiti, A Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Lagos. The Rheavolution is her second publication, having first published ‘We the People’ a collection of satiric poems reflecting issues in her Nation in 2017. In 2021, she received a nomination from the United States Mission in Nigeria to join the Iowa Writers Digital Program, focusing on creative writing and healthcare. One of her tutors inspired her to launch the DOHS podcast, a Bibliotherapy initiative. This podcast led to the creation of a non-governmental organization (www.dohscares.org) dedicated to documenting the stories of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, empowering them to become advocates for change.
PRAISE FOR A MOUTHFUL OF RIVERS
The Rheavolution by Ololade Ajayi is poetry of interiority and resolve. In this collection, the poet grants a handle to the door of an empowered future unto her audience. No longer would citizen energies, feminine resourcefulness and prime imaginative prowess go to waste. Her lines set ploughs to fallow fields and she turns the soil of possibilities with singularity of purpose. The poems are eye opening, eye popping, and lush. I recommend these highly.
—Tade Ipadeola, author of The Sahara Testaments, Winner of the 2013 Nigeria Prize for Literature
This revolution or rare volution or indeed, rheavolution by way of poetry will be televised, digitized, analysed and imbibed. The poems in this volume tell a story and stir our blood not just to read and learn, but to descend to the arena and get our hands dirty and shout out loud, giving voice to the voiceless and holding the ‘wounding’ accountable for the wounds inflicted on the vulnerable. These poems are not like Auden’s poem that make nothing happen. They burn and stir and twist and turn and render you uncomfortable until you are galvanized to action. Action, activity, activism as practiced by the poet. Read it if you dare!
—Dr. Ode Eyeoyibo, Teacher, Pastor and Poet
Afresh, fearless, and caustic trenchant voice slashing and thrusting through our patriarchal “pandemicized” and oppressive social-political universe leaving all eviscerated by shame.
—Uzo Nwamara, Poet, Playwright and Storyteller