In Themanthology of Abiku, poets have decided to share their insights on what abiku is. This laudable engagement with the subject matter enriches the readers’ understanding of how abiku is perceived and understood within the host culture.
Significantly, while the poets are pulled from various sociocultural spaces and experiences, there seems to be a consensus that abiku represents pain, torture, mockery of human efforts, and wasted resources. Through varied styles and techniques, the poets explored the concept of abiku. Some entreated this irreverent entity to heed human pleas and not subject humans to repeated sorrows; some decided to mock abiku and shame it to stay or never return. Names given to abiku run through the poems, giving the readers the opportunity to share in the lived misfortune of abiku’s pranks.
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