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WE WILL RETURN by Michael Inioluwa Oladele

We are on the way to the farm
The enemy ridges are calling us
the creepers seduce our legs

but we move on, up

we climb up the Everest
we cross over the Atlantic
we stand tall on the Eiffel

but we do not stop there
we do not stay there
we do not sleep there

we return home
for
ile la bo sinmi oko
home is where the heart belongs

we are on the way to farm
we are nothing in our hands…save
a lion, a calabash and our banner
we do not take our shoes,
no hats, no plastics, steel
nothing

we are on the way to the farm
but we will return
we are only going to learn
and come back and implement

let not our mothers cry
sisters, lovers, brothers
wipe clean the salt water

we are on our way to the farm
but – no worries
we will return
we are only going to plant our banner on the Eiffel

WE WILL RETURN by Michael Inioluwa Oladele

WE WILL RETURN by Michael Inioluwa Oladele

Author: Michael Inioluwa Oladele

  • Hannatu Adamu

    Dorothy was right: there’s no place like home. No more brain drain. Only Nigerians can make Nigeria great!

  • Michael Inioluwa Oladele

    Yes, Adamu.

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