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Cover Design Analysis: Echezonachukwu Nduka’s WATERMAN


Cover artwork: Izuu Muoneme.
Cover design: Moje Ikpeme.
The images depict solitude and supplication which could be attributed to religious activities, while the entire background suggests rhythmic flows of the water and music. The black and green tree branches portrays both the fertile and sterile nature of humans (hence human imperfection). 
It is a mixed media painting, (aluminum cans and acrylic paints on canvass) 
82cm X 51cm
Artwork title:  
Flourish: grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment. Growth could be positive or negative, it could also be influenced by diverse factors, which could be rhythmically and not static.
About Waterman:
WATERMAN is Echezonachukwu Nduka’s second full length poetry collection and has been scheduled for publication in September of 2020.
The book which will be first published in Canada, by Griots Lounge Publishing Canada, will be available in all major bookstores online. Paperbacks will also be available in Griots Lounge partner bookstores in Europe, North America and Africa.
Blurbs for WATERMAN:
“Waterman affirms Echezonachukwu Nduka’s stature as an experienced poet. The poems are carefully crafted, highly descriptive, and flow rhythmically. Throughout the collection, the poet’s experiences of navigating through the urban society come alive through images of music, water, and Catholicism. There are keen observations, witty and memorable images, and beautiful philosophical statements that make the poetry reading experience exhilarating. Nduka’s Waterman is versatile and uplifting.”
— Tanure Ojaide, Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
“A wonderfully winding work of a voice matured. Echezonachukwu Nduka’s work is lyrical and the words jump to life on the page.”
— Erin Castaldi, Poet Laureate of the City of Somers Point, NJ.
About Echezonachukwu Nduka:

Poet and classical pianist, is the author of Chrysanthemums for Wide-eyed Ghosts. He holds degrees in Music from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Kingston University London, UK.
In 2016, Echezonachukwu Nduka was awarded the Korea-Nigeria Poetry Prize on World Poetry Day. Hailed by the Guardian Life Magazine as ‘Artist Extraordinaire’, his works have been published in The Indianapolis Review, Transition, River River, Bombay Review, The Village Square Journal, Bakwa Magazine, Saraba, Jalada Language Anthology, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry Vol. II, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry, among others.

He can be found online at

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