Ijeoma UMEBINYUO (Nigeria) – IPNHK 10th Anniversary Celebration

Ijeoma UMEBINYUO

Ijeoma UMEBINYUO (Nigeria), born in Lagos, is the author of Questions for Ada. In 2016, Ijeoma was named one of the top contemporary poets emerging from Africa by the Writivism, which is one of the most important literary festivals in Africa. Her works have been translated into French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. Widely disseminated in print, her poetry also enjoys popularity on international social media. Ijeoma was invited to give TEDx talks in the Cooper Union and her talk seeks to understand and dismantle the tradition of silence.

Survival

I have always wondered
how women who carry war
inside their bones
still grow flowers
between their teeth.


苡若瑪.恩梅彬憂(尼日利亞),生於拉各斯,《給艾達的問題》作者,2016年非洲最重要的文學節Writivism稱她為當代非洲頂尖新晉詩人之一。她的詩作獲翻譯為法語、葡萄牙語、俄語、西班牙語和土耳其語。此外,她的詩歌印刷本遍佈世界各地,在國際社交媒體上也具有極高的人氣。恩梅彬憂應邀於庫伯聯盟學會作TEDx演講,試圖理解與拆解沉默的傳統。

生存

我一直疑惑
怎麼有些女人
骨子裏
有著戰鬥的決心
齒縫間
卻開滿了花。

(翻譯﹕吳詠彤)