Self Apology

SELF APOLOGY by Ezinne Ogwumah

Therapuatic. That is the best word to describe this collection. If you need self love mantras, you’ll find many in this book. It’s a book one will always go back to, flip through and draw strength from. Mostly narrated in second person point of view, it an intimate read.


SELF APOLOGY is a collection of short poetry, epigrams and sketched illustrations which talk about self recovery from depression, anxiety, stress and emotional issues by practising the natural act of self love.

It is divided into 3 sections, which focus on the intricate trinity of the human existence-The mind, the body & the soul.

As quoted from the book, “The best times are when you make peace with yourself”.

Its in three parts, For your mind, For your body, For your soul. Of course I began reading from ‘For your Soul’. I love how this books simple words to pass on powerful messages. I’ve never read a poetry book with illustrations before. The symbols portrayed the themes accurately. Although I would have liked more Afrocentric ones.

For Your Body

Poetry on pages 32 and 33 urge us to cry and break down as humans. ‘As long as you don’t go back../ do not repeat the same things that broke you’.

I found profound notes to one’s home, their body. On self care of the body and resting.

If you knew you. You’d never hurt you. Learn forgiveness

On forgiving one’s self for self harm, ‘Why do you feel the need to be punished?’

I must highlight certain daring pieces (pg 16, 17, 14) address mental health, sex and toxic romantic relationships.

For Your Soul

‘Soulfulness is the best thing ever/Don’t be a fool to let it go‘.(pg 46)
‘Listen to the tune of your soul/ Tap into the realm of your purpose’. (pg 45)

There thought-provoking questions that point at us directly asking why we do/ don’t do certain things.

Pg 55, trust yourself before you find a person to trust..

‘More than the words you speak/ Take actions to feed the soul love.’

For Your Mind

‘Feeling enough is gratitude and contentment.’

‘How do you afford to be your own enemy?’ (pg 101)

‘It’s quite important to be better than before you were broken.’

‘Know your worth so they would know/ Home is in you’ (pg 103)

This section encourages one to use gratitude, acceptance, forgiveness, brutal honesty, self-compassion, action to build ourselves and heal one’s minds. Increase the tempo of your kindness to yourself it instructs.

I shared some Favourite Quotes on Valentine day.

More info..
It’s published by LamLam Books in 2018. The illustrations on the book cover are Ndibisi symbols. Illustrations by Lex Design. This is Ezinne Ogwumah, a poet and creative writing blogger at The Drunken Writer. This book has 118 pages. You can purchase it from Amazon or Okadabooks.

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