DONT CARE: BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL

Let them speak as they’ve chosen to They have mouth Let them say whatever they like. Freedom is theirs. They say you’re darker than bitumen And compare you to the under of their mother’s pot But they’ve forgotten so soon the popular saying “ Black is Beautiful. ” Why worry...

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NOT THE WEARS

It’s not about putting on a green top Coupled with a white tie. Then, a pair of trouser or skirt with green and white strip And a shinning white shoe with green lace. Green, beautiful colour thou art The trees wave joyfully in fertility. Green for fertility, fertility for green....

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CORRUPTION

As a pauper you crept into our cities And on you, many took pity Sheltered you and gave you food But now we all are taken to be fools You told us you were only here on a visit And we didn’t know that keeping you was a big risk...

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IJE UWA

Ije Uwa… The things we are leaving Are living in us… With our hands We ploughed our fields only To reap shame During planting… We toil in seasons Leaving our dreams to narrow At the pitiable stream Of our all fainting shadows Grasping our hoes… Dream left flying Earth kept...

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NEW YAM FESTIVAL

O’ ye town crier pick up your resonating gong and proclaim the arrival of a New Yam Festival Run to the village of ‘Esuru’ where bitter-tasted yam sing sonorous songs in the intestines of Yam eaters to the rhythm of digesting tubers and proclaim that the New Yam festival is...

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AKONNA

Akonna Daughter of Aluku Will you love me as I do you? You are a hive of pleasure Lock’d in the spire of the world’s wonders Emitting a ten-fold measure Of beauteous lights like lightening of thunders Destroyer of Original sin serpent Whose tongue caus’d Eden’s first man flee His...

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SHATTERED

The pearl has fallen; the glory is shattered Destiny ended; rolled over like a scroll and it never mattered I felt the plunge before seeing the blood; I rise bruised and battered Alas! What do I tell my mother? That for my virginity I never catered? The prized egg cracked;...

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HEAR, GODDESS OF LIGHT

  Can a heart melt Like frozen wax Lost in awe Of a candle’s flame? But you are Unlike the wax consuming flame. For in you, I am refined, Not consumed! Yet, like the wax, My will is liquefied And my wall is but molten stone, As I stand before...

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AGONY OF THE GODS

I have broken words with the gods in deadly grooves and shrines watching their agonies at the new converts starving them of rites feeds and drinks… I have sat for dinner in the house of the gods and watch them drink their bloods, black, scary liquids. I watch the procession...

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