LOOK by Ewuola Damilola Michael

Look, I’m calm, I’m not armed But I have a voice –a very faint voice But please hear me out before I pass out. Look, look again, I am bleeding Bleeding virtues and morality away But I still have conscience–thinning out… Look,through the windows into the streets See how many...

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GATAN AREWA by Ken Mamman

Taka a hankali Most beautiful Yarinya yar north-side Sarautar ki is not what we see everyday Yours is in the zuciya They see you but can’t look at you Your beauty brightens the day Of those that like tagumi It shines so brightly that Even the sun cannot contest The...

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CITY OF OWLS by Efe Ogufere

Despair… A parliament divided, the nation in flight When death came in hoots, we stepped aside. A mother laughs when her tears are spent Blood and smoke creates a perfect collage. A flame still flickers for the silent screams The ghosts of her womanhood lost in Chibok. Before our very...

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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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THE AFRICAN PARENT by Kuti Israel Ifeoluwa

The African Parent… Incomparable are their good deeds with uncountable knowledge acquired without a slate. Creating proverbs without a tutor, They teach their children the culture they’ve acquired. The children are at ease living in their environment, The African parent share the joy, passion, love, hatred and excitement. She enters...

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ÀṢÀ : Abiola Inioluwa Oluwaseun

Àṣà! The mouth piece of our fathers, Why have you been a coward Who ran away humiliated and pale? This valley now belongs to a stranger, Haven’t you been abused by failure? Àṣà Have you so neglected Those days when our fathers were staff of dignity And our mothers were...

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NIGHT WATCH

They set out at midnight An hour after 12pm Their lantern shone a dim bright They walked in silence, seven of them Bare footed, head bowed The owl has hooted to herald What was and is seen to be The passing procession of an astral family An earthen calabash, a...

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