"Human beings, most times, are wrong when it comes to descriptive analysis. An editor after accepting my poem in a UK based online magazine said I cannot substitute pink for white and they have to edit. I asked them not to publish the poem. They get to define me as black, despite the fact that I might be yellow, but I cannot describe them as pink, even though it is a very subjective opinion. Colonialism makes me unworthy of that. If that is not racial, then I must be too sensitive."
Idowu Odeyemi is a poet and essayist. As a graduate in philosophy, he is interested in engaging human existential issues - social, political, cultural, and philosophical - and this shows in his writings. He is the winner of the 2019 Merak Magazine (Liverpool, UK) Literary Recognition Award and Ekiti Future Prize for Literature. He was shortlisted for the 2018 Nigerian Students Poetry Prize and Christopher Okigbo Poetry Prize. He is a past-life contributor to Perhappened magazine, Barren Magazine, Brittlepaper, Icefloepress, The Nation, Blue Marble Review, among others.