The book is a compendium or a collection of over eighty poems, which address our physical make-up, socio-cultural attitudes about life, African political landscape and its historical past poetically. The first section of the book begins with a simple reflection on human body as it compares favorably and fittingly with the larger human society. The second part explains the sociology and philosophy of life, that’s the society’s definition of, and expectation of life from individual; more so, the concept of vanity of life. The belief every culture and every human society hold so dearly, seen differently. The third part focuses on the failure and corrupt nature of man and the monumental impact of this weakness on the created social institutions within the framework and dynamics of political engineering. Part four of this book literary highlights on slavery, one of the worst evils in the history of mankind; more important, it explains how the obnoxious trade impacted negatively the territory where practiced; the socio-cultural and political effects of the criminal act, several centuries thereafter. The final part of the book provides a broad spectrum on Africa continent from the very ancient to pre-Christian times through countless eras or periods of rising World Powers, which Africa and her children witnessed either as a participant or as a victim to the modern times.
Silas Olaoyin Abayomi was a former Assistant Professor of Communication, at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Nigeria. For about a decade, Ola-Abayomi (as fondly called) taught Integrated Marketing Communication, International Communication, and African Communication Systems. Upon re-locating to United States, this author changed his research focus/interest from Mass Communication to Linguistics, Anthropology and Cultural Studies. Besides, the author has written several poetry, short stories and has over three hundred epigrams. The Watchnight Songs is the author’s desire to preserve and to consolidate his poems into a single book for lovers of literary work.