FOOD MAP by Promise O. Idemudia

As thick as the cloud, In preparation for the descending Of the “egusi”, showing your yellow Gowns of fangs with greenish spots Enriched with the various types Of stocked fish and friends Playing a game of hide and seek. “Santana”, you will never stop, Your pumposity growing over bounds, Resting...

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MAMA PUT by Edward Babatunde

She is the one To whom we run, Mother of all hungry souls; She keeps no barrier or divide No matter where you may reside. “Come one, come all,” Be her selfless call “For my pots they runneth over” So we come with yawning stomachs To eat the food of...

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AMALA DUDU by Olutunbi Oluwaseun Israel

How I crave you And adore your profound beauty I am drawn through space and time, on the wings of haste To your existence daily Same place, same timeAnd so it comes to pass Before the great Smokey table I am rewarded with a battle A delicious battle for my...

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ABACHA

Here in Yorubaland I meet Ifeoma who says she is Igbo NYSC brought us both to Western Nigeria She is so African, light skinned with thick body And she has got ‘the’ shape indeed! Strong arms never tired of household chores Blessed are her meals and she smiles a lot...

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ODE TO GARRI

How can I forget your laudable love for me And your readiness to calm my riotous tum? You that has proven to be the fastest meal I know And most balanced of all foods where I’m from I dare that snake-like meal or its Italian elder brother Defeat is theirs...

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RAIN IN THE DRY

As the bald trees Sway gaily in the breeze We see undying love Ready to fall from above Soon the sky sheds tears Tears to wash off our fears No more will we die of thirst No more will blood melt into sweat The thirsty land will taste rain And...

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NIGHT WITH NO STARS

Agony dawning in his eyes Silence rivalled the absence of light Darkness crowded his room As he slunk back into the dark Regretting the lost warmth of his parents Who died of starvation Hunger leaning across his bowel A garbled moan arose in his throat Mingling with the pace of...

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