Article Type: Poem
Author: Johnson-Redd, Larry Ukali
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 306754367
Full Text: Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd ( has a B.A. in Political Science and Ethnic Studies (University of San Francisco), a M.P.A. (Golden Gate University), an administrative credential, and a M.A. in Educational Administration (San Francisco State University). He is also the author of The Black Expatriate in Africa (1982), Journey to the Motherland: From San Francisco to Benin City (2002), History to Destiny Through Afrocentric Poetry (2003), Loving Black Women (2006), and Long Distance Love (2010), an autobiographical love story about a struggling writer-school administrator who travels to Nigeria after a 24 year absence.

In the context of Long Distance Love this poet, writer and school administrator sits in his principal or site leader's office and dreams about returning to Nigeria and writing a new novel. A good Nigerian friend then decides to introduce him to his niece in Lagos, Nigeria. The relationship blossoms online, through the telephones and through letters. Ukali travels to Nigeria for the first time in 24 years to meet his lovely fiance to be. While he waits and goes through the finance visa process, he writes some of the most beautiful poetry ever written while professing his love to Ese. Ese is younger than Ukali. Eventually a visa is given after 4 years and his young fiance arrives, only to get cold feet and returns to Nigeria.

While in Nigeria Ukali flies to his beloved Benin City and upcountry to a village called Ubiaja in Edo State in Nigeria, 80 miles up country where he runs into twin politician friends whom he had not seen for 24 years. What a friend's reunion! How do you think this story ends? One will need to read to the conclusion to see how this autobiographical love story of an African-American and a Nigerian unfolds. The book and other resources by the author can be accessed at: athrdpsr1? encoding=UTF8&search-alias=digital-text&field- author=Larry%20Ukali%20Johnson- Redd page/videos/ index.html?profile id=39945499&profile name= Ukal2003&user id=39945499&username=Ukal2003

   Calling on
   African Kings
   Calling on
   African Queens

   For a people's
   So we
   Will progress

   Calling on Africans
   Calling Caribbean's
   And African-Americans

   Not calling
   Not calling

   Calling on Mr. Aristide
   The late Fela Kuti/and mighty Mandela
   Calling Oba Eradiwa

   Calling Africa for a
   People's congress
   For our peace
   For our progress

   Calling on
   New Guineans
   And all

   Show your love
   For Lumumba
   Show your love
   For Nkrumah

   Nzinga of Angola
   And Haiti's

   For the love
   Of Malcolm X
   For the love
   Of ourselves

   Calling Freedom
   Loving Africans
   For more unity in
   Our community

   Calling for unity
   Calling for progress
   Calling for an 8th and 9th
   African People's Congress

   Show your love
   For Marcus Garvey
   Farrakhan and
   The late Stokley Sekou Ture

   Calling on my people
   For the real
   An 8th and 9th People's Congress
   You know the real deal
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