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AJAYI ADETOLA by Victor Igiri

Your night came as whirlwind sweeping the tides

to thorns and misery.

For love, you became unioned in a scandal

whose hero jailed truth for white lies.


Kirikiri unfleshed your dreams, dreams

fractured by crucified Sikiru, ‘SARS’ bound,

and your days, five years a slave, and two preys

planted your sun in grave darkness of the Nigerian black hole.


And though your light shines, now at Dawn,

like your past are zillions of Adetola

who, for the fall of flawed Democracy shall

walk, not only on needles in barren prisons but

shall, with sterile eyes behold aspirations decay

till Silence beckons.


Ours is only paradise for those with the black tongue

‘Our Nation of many woes’.

 (The poem depicts the story of Ajayi Adetola, a physically disabled man who was incarcerated for five years for a crime he was innocent of. His story is a reflection of the frailty of our system of Government that constantly subject its citizenry to inhuman treatments. Today, we have in our jailhouses those who have committed no crime but are languishing in pains day in and out. How long shall this mess continue?)

Author: Victor Igiri

Victor Igiri Adirahu is a Graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a published poet, with the popular poems, ‘My Dreams for Nigeria’, and ‘Red DEATH’ published by Independent Newspapers, Lagos and and other websites. He is also an author with a book titled: “Birth the Jewel Within. A guide to becoming Relevant in life.”
He is creative, innovative, dedicated and passionate in everything he does. He aims to “die empty” leveraging on his skills and talents to create positive marks on earth and in every sphere he finds himself.
He is the administrator of Purpose Driven Youth Network, a website and Facebook page that is aimed at inspiring people, especially the youths and teenagers in making impact in life.
Victor Igiri is also a Graphics Designer.

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