Matthias Pantaleon (August 24,1984 / Oronija Island, Nigeria)
Biography of Matthias Pantaleon
Birth Name: Matthias Collins Pantaleon
Pen Name: Lyrics Munachi Fingers
Born: August 24,1984
Birth Place: Oronija Island, Andoni, Rivers State
Origin: Agana, Andoni, Rivers State, Nigeria
Occupation: Poet, Playwright, Lyricist
Years active: 2001-present
Firm: Jones Walker Publishers
Associates: Lorri Trent, Blessed Mudiaga, Femi Onileagbon, Mature Tanko
Links: http: //www.poemhunter.com/matthias-pantaleon/
Lyrics Munachi Fingers (born August 24,1984) , better known by his birth name Matthias Pantaleon, is a Nigerian Poet, Playwright and Lyricist. Born in Oronija Island to the Unama Royal House of Agana and the Jackson Etete War Canoe House of Okoile, Andoni, south eastern corner of the oil rich Niger Delta Region.
He published his first poetry collections titled 'Eclipse of the heart' in his undergraduate days at Lagos State Polytechnic where he study Mass Communication. Eclipse of the heart is a collection of 72 original poems he wrote as a teenager. Lorri Trent, an American Author and poet has this to say about the book 'Matthias Pantaleon has proven to be everything a true poet is, and ought to be; with the ability to see the mind's eyes'.
Eclipse of the heart didn't do well in the book market as the author was referred to as unknown. However, Matthias resort to the use of social network and mass media to showcase his creative works.
His works have been published and are also being currently published by various national newspapers and anthologies. A member of the Association of Nigerian Authors with over a thousand poems and lyrics to his credit. Some of his works have been published in 'African Eyeballs' a publication of the poetry club Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and 'Young Poetic Voices From Ebiks Studio' a publication of Society of Young Nigerian Writers.
His is the author of Lord Banham, The Family and Journey to the Unknown' among others.
Pantaleon was raised between Benin City, Ogoja, Port Harcourt City and Nnewi in a catholic family.
Educated at OUCS Nnewi, Nnewi High School, Meu Victory College Idimu and Lagos State Polytechnic. In 2002 while at Nnewi High School, Pantaleon was expelled for fighting with a school prefect while Mr. Nzewi, the Junior High School Principal was addressing staffs and students.
Fight ensures between Pantaleon and Solomon Ijele the Junior Labour Prefect, when the later has tried to seize the lethal slippers of the former. The exposure was later over turn by the intervention of his form teacher Mrs. Joy Akonu (being a Class Captain himself) Pantaleon was a favourite among his teachers.
Raised in the Catholic faith, Pantaleon was baptized at St. Michael de Archangel Parish Nnewi in 1999 by Fr. Cletus Okoye and in the year 2000, October 1st to be precise, he was confirmed according to the Catholic tradition a soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ by Bishop Hillary Okeke with confirmation name Collins.
Matthias Pantaleon started writing professionally in 2001, inspired by Chris Okigbo, Wole Soyinka, JP Clark, Chinua Achebe, Ngugi Wa Thiong, Camara Laye, David Diop, William Shakespeare and Pablo Neruda. Pantaleon has written over one thousand poems on different issues and languages, seven plays (dramas) and two novels. Though most of these books never saw the stables of publication as the original manuscripts were destroyed by his ex Glory Nimaa. An incident which caused him both emotional and mental set back as it reflects in his poems: Irrational lover, Odd, I am a student of life and Fair share. Pantaleon is a Poet to watch as his obvious literary skills is reflected in his books.
Matthias Pantaleon's Works:
Eclipse of the heart
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