TA IYA by Ken Mamman

Yarinya yar matan You are a true child of your mama Kalonki kawai is a blessing to heart Darinya ki something I have never seen You embody true africaness in you The blood of and sweat of our fathers Run throw your jijiya Ina gaki, you make lose my hakali Because beauty na ki is… Continue reading TA IYA by Ken Mamman

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 moon is so jealous Of… Continue reading GATAN AREWA by Ken Mamman

ALMAJIRI: THE HAUSA MALE by Theophilus ‘Femi Alawonde

The very day that Audu was born, his father said, ‘I will not raise a son!’ So the day he became five years, he was sent out admist his sisters’ tears. He was given a small hollow plate, and was told not to return home for food. He was to fend for himself as a… Continue reading ALMAJIRI: THE HAUSA MALE by Theophilus ‘Femi Alawonde


The binding cords are strained And each of us is much pained… Hungry locusts parade our land As divided we chose to stand Each has in anger thrown rocks Each coined words with which he mocks Each plotted the others to depose His choices, on others, to impose


The history books will remember this noble fight. They will weave a stirring tale of stout hearts And tell of loud voices that dared to be harts When bastard bullets ruled both day and night. Shall we not tell our children’s children this tale; Of how the Collar and the Turban did walk in pair.… Continue reading COLLARS AND TURBANS

UNITY, NOT UNIONISM (a poem in Yoruba and English)

If you asked Ṣàngó to bless Okoro He would ask with rage of fire in his mouth Who is Okoro? If you asked Amadioha to go save Igbos in Kano He would ask if it’s a quarters in Nnewi If you called on the soul of Usman Dan-Fodio To help the Hausa-Fulanis living in Lagos… Continue reading UNITY, NOT UNIONISM (a poem in Yoruba and English)


Our people have all lost hope, Life’s game’s more than they can cope! The hopes of all have begun to falter: Yoruba, Hausa and their Igbo brother. But there is one thing they may have forgotten, When there’s still life, despair is nothing. So let this rhymes fire their flame For we must soldier on… Continue reading A NATION WITH NO HOPE