Adjei Agyei-Baah is a 31-year old Ghanaian living in Ghana. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Strategic Management and Consultancy Service from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Business, Kumasi. He is an adjunct lecturer in Management Studies.
Some of Adjei's poems have been published in www.modernghana.com and www.kpokplomaja.com. He accidentally discovered his talent of writing when undertaking a research work on children’s rhymes and was asked by his supervisor create his own poems after selecting already existing rhymes from foreign poets. Some of his award winning poems include Mother Is Supreme (Luv FM Mothers’ Day Poetry Promo, 2008) and Similes of Love (Hello FM Valentine's Day Poetry Competition, 2009).
Five Questions with Adjei Agyei-Baah:
1. Was this poem written for someone in particular? And are you lucky enough to be able to spend Valentine's Day with them?
Yes, this poem was written for my fiancee Benedicta, whi is now my dearest wife. In our relationship she once posed a question as to what could bring our relationship to an end, and I decided to respond with this piece. I am fortunate to be sharing this occasion with her, but the sad thing is that we will not be able to go out since her condition now will not permit that. I don't meant that she is sick but just heavy - I think you know what I mean. It will be a moment of reflection on our sweet old days - the good things that have happened and those that are yet to come, not forgetting those who have impacted on our lives.
2. This is your second "occasional" poem on the site. What do you think of as the "shelf life" of your poems? By that I mean, are you hoping more for your poems to be timeless (to speak to future generations), or for them to have a strong impact here and now, at the moment that you share them with others? Obviously, it would be wonderful if a poem could do both, but if you had to choose one, what would it be?
I have always gone in for poems that would be timeless to make me live when I am dead and besides stay to inspire the generation to come, so that they will not only enjoy it but take lessons from it. I also wish to make them feel that they can write and leave their mark for generations to come, and to use it to express themselves whenever they are in love or want to show love to someone.
3. You mentioned in your last profile that you were about to start a poetry recitation competition for students. Could you give us an update on that project?
We are half way through the project as the audition in the various schools have been done. What is left is waiting on the sponsors who promised us some packages for the students, which they are yet to deliver.
4. What does Valentine's Day mean to you and why is it worth celebrating?
Valentine’s Day to me is a day of showing much love to friends, family, lovers and not forgetting the needy. It is worth celebrating because it gives me and my church the opportunity to gives to the orphanages and organize party for the children there and also to spend time with our friends, family and especially with the one we went to spend the rest of our life with.
5. Do you have a Valentine's Day message for all the lonely hearts out there?
There are seasons for everything, time to be lonely hearted and time to have someone to love and care for you, but the most important thing is to love yourself more and there is a God that loves you much much more than you can imagine.