Photo of BEN OKRI, Poet and Novelist
Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN
Member of the Board of the Royal National Theatre
Awarded an OBE in 2001

Most recent book: Starbook Rider & Co., 2007

In our previous post, we introduce Master Muse Martha Beck’s latest book STEERING BY STARLIGHT FIND YOUR RIGHT LIFE NO MATTER WHAT. We believe this book offers a life altering experience as well as being a premiere resource for jewels of wisdom and inspiration. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge one such jewel; the work of poet and novelist BEN OKRI.

Martha Beck’s final page leaves us with selections from a BEN OKRI piece entitled, To an English Friend in Africa (March 1991). Martha writes about her experience,

“…As the last of the sunlight faded and the moon cleared the horizon, he read us one of his own favorite poems…

Live while you are alive…
Learn to be what you are in the seed of your spirit
Learn to free yourself from all things that have molded you
And which limit your secret and undiscovered road…
Never forget that love
Requires that you be
The greatest person you are capable of being,
Self-generating and strong and gentle-
Your own hero and star…
Be grateful for life as you live it,
And may a wonderful light
Always guide you along the unfolding road.

BEN OKRI is often described as one of Africa’s greatest writers. To read the complete version of To an English Friend in Africa, click on this link to Mystical Quill Productions.


Anonymous said...

BEN OKRI. His work speaks volumes.

tj said...