Gabriel Okara

Gabriel Okara Poems

Gabriel Okara was a novelist and poet from Nigeria. He is considered to be the first modernist poet of Anglophone Africa. Okara is best known for his novel The Voice, published in 1964. He also won awards for his poetry, such as that included in The Fisherman’s Invocation. 

Once Upon a Time

by Gabriel Okara

‘Once Upon a Time,’ written by the Nigerian poet Gabriel Okara, is a satirical poem on the modern way of greeting someone. The lack of compassion, simplicity, and brotherhood is portrayed in this poem.

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