OF A PAUPER VILLAGE

Brandishing his begging bowl An altar of meager dole He blinks and winks anew Like frying fry stew Upon a Christmas ‘coal Jerry dumb I became To laugh over what funny tom This lensed *mzee has become In this pauper village …Too lacking to litter sewage *Swahili word meaning elder....

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MY GARRI by Oku-ola Abiola Paul

We please out stomachs with many foods But none can equal my beloved garri Enjoy it with cold water And some cubes of sugar Groundnut Or coconut Fish well fried Meat, however cooked Transform it with hot water Enjoy it with fried pepper Egusi soup Ogbono soup Afang soup Soup,...

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AFRICA

I love my Africa; My home and my paradise With the thick forests In which the monkeys dance See the striped zebra With the meandering lines Running on skin, through its blood The eagle soars above Looking over our golden home Land of the black skinned gods Owning sweet lazy...

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ÉFIÉ OKWOÑ

Sacred spirit in a master piece Symbol of worlds shelled in peace My fathers revered you My mothers dreaded you We offer your deistic person same But with less caution to your name Seven days you stood by Baba* Through nights and days you calmed Ibaka* Great water deity dared...

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GIANT OF AFRICA

Giant of Africa! A replica America The seat of great men With kleptomaniac hands Giant of Africa! A gargantuan political weed Where corruption breeds For office rogues to feed Giant of Africa! Where impunity prevails At the expense of justice For the pot-belly figures Giant of Africa! My wonderful father...

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I NEED A BLACK JESUS

  I need a black Jesus Someone like me Who speaks my language And knows what I feel Not the blond hair, blue eyes But woolly hair, brown eyes Someone who comes from within Not from across the sea Not the artistic creation Brought to life By Michelangelo’s brush And...

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AFRICAN CHILD

I am an African Child Daughter of the wild The sea is my swimming pool I swim free like the fish The forest is my playground I run free like the lioness The field is my garden I fly free like the eagle Child of Mama Africa, I live in...

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THE BEAUTY OF BLACK

The beauty of black! Strong hero who runs the race To the sweet honey comb The beauty of black! Approachable yet unapproachable Gentle voice like thundering waters The beauty of black! Survivor of conquests, dogged explorer of trails With unmatched grace The beauty of black! Specially carved, clear image of...

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IN THE DAYS OF MY GRANDFATHER

Alas! Our age is doomed; We no more see the moon Our forefathers celebrated With war dances and ancestral praise ! The bamboos are all dried And our soil is not revived Now, only weeds grow, For we no more touch our hoe! The sun has dimmed its light As...

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