CARRION FOR THE GODS 3: THE SILENT OBSERVER by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

Drumbeats, Dawn met her again on her rickety stool. Her eyes had seen what her mouth would always whisper; Was it Ashake’s adoption (Aye! That was her name – The one the gods have chosen) Or Alade’s calamitous journey? She had watched the procession Rushed slowly by, Bearing upon their shoulders A blindfolded young man.… Continue reading CARRION FOR THE GODS 3: THE SILENT OBSERVER by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

CARRION FOR THE GODS 4 (Finale): PROPHECY REBOUNDS by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

Drumbeats, The booming voice of the silent gods, Their will has been enacted; Sacrifice was made in flesh, blood And Ashake’s Maidenhead. Alade threw a huge tantrum But the gods were silent And their wills unchanged, Ashake would marry the crown And birth the fame that would shame the lame. The sun arose from its… Continue reading CARRION FOR THE GODS 4 (Finale): PROPHECY REBOUNDS by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

CARRION FOR THE GODS 2: A TRAVELLER’S TRAVAIL by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

Time stretched like acres of farmland And the North star soon lost its twinkle. The dews dropped like soaked balls of fluffy cotton, The day was unproductive like the other. Drumbeats, The voice of the silent gods. The mind is a jumbled heap of despair, The cold ran its strange course along his body. The… Continue reading CARRION FOR THE GODS 2: A TRAVELLER’S TRAVAIL by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

CARRION FOR THE GODS 1: THE SACRIFICE by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

Drumbeats, The voice of the silent gods. Papa is still without, digging trenches And mama fried akara balls At the village outskirt. The insistent pounding of the drum Caused my head to weigh a ton; But papa swift feet seems slow today And mama sharp tongue is muffled by silence. I will answer the call… Continue reading CARRION FOR THE GODS 1: THE SACRIFICE by Adeosun Oluwapelumi

AGUGUALA NA-ENWEGHI PEEJI NKE by Valentine Ozié Mbagu

O ruru otu mgbe ke peeji nke akụkọ ihe mere eme; Adị akụkọ ihe mere eme na-enweghị dịghị peeji nke, Uwa bi n’etiti nke ụmụ mmadụ; Na n’Eluigwe mere ụmụ mmadụ enweghị adị. Aguguala dị ka ọdi bụ elò di uto; Chakoo nke nsi ma unyi na ya amamihe, Ọ na-iota manyere venomous sagacity; Unu… Continue reading AGUGUALA NA-ENWEGHI PEEJI NKE by Valentine Ozié Mbagu

ÓNÓGBÓ ÒBIÉBI by Okoro Yvonne

Mè é ónógbó òbiébi Òmègbé óvi é ásó. Èkwè gbè rèdè ewiè mè è unè érosé Kó ótó è riè. Àkpómè è èkakó ó ka kpènu Ò ka wiè bèdè bédé Ifìkídiè mè èmamómó èrósè Kúgbí údú mè á tání à kà día. *** Dialect: Urhobo First Prize Winner, Poetry Competition for #WorldPoetryDay 2016 Translation: BLACK… Continue reading ÓNÓGBÓ ÒBIÉBI by Okoro Yvonne

WHERE WAS FEMINISM? by Oloyede Joshua Adekunle

Where was feminism? When we were in school, Uncle Shola beat boys seven strokes And girls’ bum-cheeks three Where was feminism? When father farms field Ada carried grains Her twin,Arize,loaded on tubers Where was Feminism? When Shewa slapped Femi Unto Teacher reported Femi was punished for whole Where was Feminism? When Sarah called Abram,lord And… Continue reading WHERE WAS FEMINISM? by Oloyede Joshua Adekunle