Title: Your Creative Space
Author: Agwara Olaka
Publisher: Red Phoenix Publishers, Lagos
Reviewer: Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga
Agwara Olaka’s newest book titled “Your Creative Space” is very insightful about how people can discover the latent gifts or talents of creativity they have, and utilize them to better their lives and the global society.
The book is divided into three parts talking about one’s creative space, thinking pattern and actual creativity.
Part One contain musings about your creative space; reasons why many have no space of their own; how to create a space of your own; self evaluation; the gift of consciousness; curiosity, questions and consciousness; God has all the answers; understand creative energy; the kingdom of the mind; mental block; unblocking the mind; and a word on form.
In Part Two, the author delves into mental faculty of imaginative experimentation. Themes discussed in this part includes mental space; thinking; music; dancing; rhythm; ritual; drugs; silence; meditation; intuition; and sleep- discovering hidden creative space.
Throwing light on how one could awaken ones unknown talents or gifts, Olaka says “When you call upon God, when you ask him, he will show you hidden things, hidden knowledge about the mysteries of life.”
This prescription of knowing ones gift could be traced to the Holy Scriptures in Matthew 7: 7-8, which posits that “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
The question is, how many people care to pray or ask God about their hidden gifts, and when revealed to them, do they act on it promptly?
Hence, in Part Three, the author outline some possible avenues of creativity such as creating physical space; ideas- what you need to create physical space; creative incubation; creating out of chaos; locating creative space; ambiance of your creative space; labour- the creative importance of the body; creative time-space; governing your creative space; and how to handle people in your space.
Apart from its commendable exploration of how one can unearth his/her creative powers or gifts, the psychedelic simplicity of the diction employed by the author throughout the book’s contents, reminds the reader about Chinua Achebe’s style of delivering messages without making you consult dictionary constantly. It is a work every Creative Arts Department of tertiary institutions operating in the global spheres should recommend for students. People interested in arts and scientific inventions could also find the book useful for their personal discovery and creativity, as the text may act as catalyst of generating hitherto hidden creative energies in their psychic spaces.
Agwara Olaka, is a poet and author of various books such as “Greening Song,” “Whiff of Rain,” “Once Upon A Poem At Samarkand,” “Religion of Solitude,” and “Unleashing Of The Spirit Of Creativity,” etc. He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Lagos Chapter.