Tsunami Blues and other Poems


Ushie Joe, ed. (2007). Tsunami Blues and other Poems – Nigerians’ Tears in Verse. Morrisville, USA: Handel Books. ed.

On December 26, 2004, the usually calm waters of the Indian Ocean awoke the world in a sudden advance towards the lands of twelve countries in Asia and Africa. A quake that came to be called the Tsunami tragedy had occurred in the belly of the ocean, resulting in the terrible flood. In no time, over 240,000 human lives, flora and fauna, including the latifundia of the coastal settlements of the twelve littoral countries, were washed in the belly of the ocean…
All of humanity was suddenly wrapped in one fear, pain, sorrow and grief.
These poems by several Nigerian poets are virtual testaments to that holocaust.



Tsunami blues
Season of joy and agony by Desmond Wilson
Elegy for the coasts by Oluseyi Adigun
Tsunami reminds us by Ebi Yeibo
Odious visitor by Bright Nwogwugwu Ubadire
The vomit of the sea by Solomon Iguanre
The holocaust by Letter to Tsunami by Kingdom Macaulay Nta
Tsunami, the (in)human catastrophe by Ijeoma Chidinma Igboasoiyi
A short broadcast to southeast Asia
But we bow not our spirits by Tony Eyang
Tsunami by Margaret Uduak Massodih
Pangs of death by Sophia Obi
Dark cloud by Ken Efeh
Hug of death
They have arisen by Mbiatke Udom
An ugly-faced day by Wole Adedoyin
Tsunami — A disaster to remember by Ekaette Ikpang
Lament Of the dead by Andrew O. Chikezie
Echoes of ruin by Animasahun Olorunfemi
Destruct harbinger by Edidiong J. Bassey
Wounded earth by Oyadiji E. Olushola
Man’s plight by Michael A. Andem
Ode to an angry sea
Tsunami orphan by Abdulsalam el-Mubashir
Waiting for Tsunami’s farewell by Ishmael D. Esenam
End point
Sunk dream by Temitayo Olofinlua
The unwanted stranger by Sylvester Polycarp
Save the wall
Woe: Army of Tsunami by Ajibola Adeyemi Kazeem
Tsunami became the only song by Onyebuchi Nwosu
Not for Boxing Day by Folorunsho M. Abolore
South-East Asian Blues
I, Tsunami by James Tar Tisaaior
Tsunami: The great wave by Ghariokwu Tamara
Why, Tsunami? by John A. Ushie
Who to blame by Gregory A. Utsu
Song of Tsunami
Wind of the gods by Samuel G. Effiong
Tears from the hills by Francis Unimke Udie
The beauty of Tsunami by Sampson Nnabike Okafor
Hunting dog
Our (de)vices
Sink not
As to a marketplace by Joseph A. Ushie

Prof. Joseph Ushie

Joseph Akawu Ushie is a Professor of General Stylistics and Literary criticism at University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria.
He is the current Vice-Dean, Postgraduate School, University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. He was born at Akorshi, Bendi, the hilly Obanliku Local Government Area (which houses Nigeria’s foremost tourist attraction, the Obudu Cattle Ranch) of Cross River State, and he attended St. Peter’s Primary School, Bendi, Government Secondary School, Obudu, and the University of Calabar, Calabar, where he studied English and Literary studies, and was the Secretary-General, Student Union Government in 1980-81 session. He subsequently obtained the M. A. (1988) and PhD (2001) in English from Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan. Professor Ushie had served as Head, Department of English, and on several boards and committees in the University of Uyo. He had also been Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Judge, ANA national literary competitions (2009 – 2010), Juror of the Canada-based International Poetry Competition (2017) and a Co-Editor, Montreal 2017 Global Poetry Anthology.

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