INTERVIEW: KUMI WILLIAM DuBOIS


Kumi William DuBois: “This book called
‘Beautiful Africa’ is the beauty of Africa
painted in words”

A Young And Rising Ghanian Poet

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Interview By Alberto Berenguer and Frank Osei Nyame

 

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KUMI WILLIAM DuBOIS.
*Poetry is the native language of the heart, you don’t need an interpretor for your heart to understand the poem 

First, briefly who is Kumi William Du Bois? What are you
about?
I am a young man in my 20’s who loves words and art in a
bigger perspective. From Kindergarten, I have been known
as a poetry lover. I decided to start writing in my Junior
High school days due to a poem I read; the poem was that
of David Diop “The Vultures”. The poem really fought its
way into my heart and made me start writing. I am now
pursuing a Degree in communication at the Ghana Institute
of Journalism. Day dreaming is one thing I cannot live
without for a moment. It keeps me going and writing.

Tell us about your book and your literary style of
writing. How effective do you think infusing the local
language, TWI, into your poem will be to a foreigner who
does not know the language?
Beautiful Africa is an anthology I published at the age of
19 with other featured poets from Ghana and the United
States of America. The book is not just an anthology but
an anthology with 100 literary devices. There are 20 poems
in the book which 12 of those poems are mine and the
remaining 8 poems are those of the featured poets. The
book is available online only.
My writing style is very unique due to the way and topics
I usually write about.
Poetry is the native language of the heart you don’t need
an interpreter for your heart to understand the poem. Twi
in Ghana is one of the most used local languages even
when foreigners come to explore Ghana, they fall for the
language and since I was born in this language I am very
fluent in it. Infusing twi in my writing helps me to create
a connection between my reader who less understand
English I always have a glossary column where I explain all
the local dialect I used in the poem so this serves as a
guide to the foreigner who does not understand the langue.
Also doing this makes the poem more indigenous.

When did you decide to share your thoughts with
everybody through writing and why did you choose
anthology (poetry)?
I have always wanted to publish a book since my Junior
High School days. I had a book that I wrote in, it had the
format of a publish book thus with table of content,
dedication, forward and all you could think of in a book.
This dream died out because the book got lost. In 2012, I
was listening to a radio Poetry program and as I heard the
poet read something in me pushed me to share my
thoughts with everybody I could get in touch with so from
there, I started posting poems on Facebook. In 2013 I
decided to do a self-publishing online with create space. I
published the anthology when I was 19 years, I shared my
thoughts when I was 18 and I decided to have a project
for myself each year, the anthology was a milestone for
me to accomplish in 2013 and with the help of great people
and God I was able to come up with it. I wish to record
an album instead of anthology in my next project if God
permits.

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