Here's my father, Ahmad Nassir Juma Bhalo. My old man is a barrel of creativity, a quality I fancy, an attribute I wish to emulate.
To the world he is a renowned poet........ Born into a family of scholars,musicians,teachers and poets in Mombasa in 1936. Early in his youth he started composing, mostly influenced by his grandfathers Mikdad Salim and Ahmad Bashekh. Following the footsteps of his role mode Muyaka wa MwinyiHaji the 19th century poet, one of the most outstanding Swahili poets.
His poetry is particularly estimated for its effective playing with language as well as depth of meaning. To this day he is still regarded as the most versatile and intellectual Swahili poet in East Africa. He received the Kenyatta prize for literature in 1972 after publishing his most important anthology "Malenga wa Mvita" (1971). In 1966, Poems from Kenya came out edited by Lyndon Harris (University of Wisconsin) and in 1978, Abdilatif Abdalla edited his "Taa ya Umalenga"
His verses also gained a wide general audience due to the fact that his cousin, the late Juma Bhalo who was a taarab singer used a lot of his poetry for his songs. His other admonishing work is the "Utenzi wa mtu ni utu" which gained the most attention not only locally but also in scholarly works.
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