Long Distance Love Calling and Calling.
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: 306754370
Full Text: Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd (ljredd52@aol.com) 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: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt athrdpsr1?encoding=UTF8& search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Larry%20Ukali%20Johnson- Redd

http://www.youtube.com/user/ukalitheafrican

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Long Distance Love Calling and Calling

   I don't get through
   Then I really
   Think about you
   Calling and calling
   I finally get through
   Feel me love
   Reaching out to you
   No doubt about it
   You are far away
   Long distance love
   Yesterday and today
   Long distance Love
   The most challenging kind
   A true real love
   is not easy to find
   Long distance love
   Yesterday and today
   Please have no sorrow
   We'll make love tomorrow
   Long distance love
   Long distance love
   Come here
   Hear what I say
   Long distance love
   Long distant love
   My beautiful
   Lovely Ese
   Long distance love
   Long distance love
   My beautiful
   Lovely Lady
   Long distance love
   Long distance love
   My sweet
   Sweet baby
   Long distance love
   Long distance love
   My sweet
   Sweet lady
   Long distance love
   Yesterday and today
   Please have no sorrow
   We'll make love tomorrow
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