Book title: A Tale of Ash: Poems

Author: Lucius Ndimele

ISBN: 978-0-620-77838-1

Genre: Poetry


A Tale of Ash: Poems is an impressive collection from one of Nigeria’s fine young scribes. Lucius Ndimele is unassumingly brilliant in his prose. This collection represents the lyricism of West African scribes and their collective genius of the ages. Ndimele’s language is floral yet not overwhelming. His poetry is beautiful, yet not soppy. He writes about love, relationships, death and life.

“Your home is yesterday, you can
Only exhume what it looked like,
Memorials fertilize your songs, every
Dawn is laced with mines, every
Young hour knows the intimacy
Of a lime.”

Ndimele is clearly a sharp mind and his literary prowess is certain. It comes as no surprise that Ndimele comes from the literature paradise of Nigeria. Ndimele’s poetry is reminiscent of Okigbo – in fact in many instances, he conjures up the titan of poetry in his work. This slim offering is full of nuggets of wisdom, prose and beauty that places Ndimele at par with his peers in the continent and across the borders.


Lucius Ndimele, a poet, playwright and writer is the author of the poetry collections ‘The Wandering Voice’ and ‘A Thousand Fading Tale’. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.


Geko Publishing is a black-owned independent publisher owned and run by Phehello Mofokeng; an influential figure on the Johannesburg literary scene. Geko Publishing has long been recognised for publishing cutting-edge literature that is relevant to modern South Africa. In a period spanning almost a decade, the company has published South African (English and vernacular) literature including fiction, poetry and biographies by some of the country’s multi-award winning writers and academics.


Phehello Mofokeng has over 10-years publishing and media experience. He is a Wits University graduate and a regular speaker at literary events in South Africa and in SADC. Mofokeng is also an author of Sankomota: An Ode in One Album – A Reflective Essay (Geko, 2018). Outside of publishing, Mofokeng has written and consulted on some of South Africa’s successful television dramas and cultural programs; including Isibaya, Isithembiso and Curious Culture. Mofokeng holds a joint honours degree in African Languages and Drama & Film from Wits University.


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Contact details:

Geko Publishing
Place de Tetre, Honeydew
Roodeport, Joburg

Phehello Mofokeng (Bookworm-in-chief)
M: 083 991 6647

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