CROWNS ON EXILE by Akinbayo Wahab

The crown’s still eyes closed Never to gaze at the chiefs again Laid in the earth’s womb to sleep on Or watch over the empty, voiceless throne. Here comes amidst us, peace without a prince Here to rule for years to come without sacrifices No gunshots No anxieties No casualties...

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ORÍ by Olusegun M. Lawal

ORI When the lively goes sour When the mighty turn weak When the drum-beat becomes soundless Orí, lead me not astray Jumping from tree to tree Climbing the highest peak to pick Soaring in the sky with a smile Ehi, may I not totter Happiness filled my house Joy visit my...

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MY CHAMELEON MISTRESS by Samuel Amazing Ayoade

Your lady came bleating instead of singing Made me to remember- That her best friend as a child was Old grandpa’s nanny goat They followed eachother Around in the rounds surrounded by round roses Now, she comes trouble-singing in the choir She sings trouble in place of trebble And terror instead of tenors...

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THE AFRICAN WOMAN by Goodness Ayoola

Tonight, the moon has refused to wane Milky, she stays watching… The figure nightly clothed, flanked with duty The pestle woman and the defeated yam In the rugged mortal to feed the waiting man Fear stands in her sweats behind the bread. Her voiced dirge spells nudity The nudity of...

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IRENE by Stefn Sylvester

You are black, You are wise, You are beautiful, Of creativity are you full. When you dance Wriggling your curves From West to North They stare like morons Lost in your Eastern prowess – Irene. In your eyes I see Ohafia dancers Chanting war cries Dancing frenzy to the tune...

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AMALA DUDU by Olutunbi Oluwaseun Israel

How I crave you And adore your profound beauty I am drawn through space and time, on the wings of haste To your existence daily Same place, same timeAnd so it comes to pass Before the great Smokey table I am rewarded with a battle A delicious battle for my...

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