HAREM OF PRETENDERS

I flinch from our gullibility; Made vulnerable by our love for sentiments Who forced us down into This putrid water to swim? We, the people who elect To elect and empower them – bigots to shepherd us We are the drummers And the praise singers Why then do we scorn At their dancing steps?

OUR MOTHERLAND

Empty hopes sunk in bloody impoverishment Battered, brutalized by ‘GeePee’ tank bellies They escort the gold to fatten their pulse And package poverty to bless the shallow forks Boko harms Nigerians, slaughtered as rams Parents are orphaned, children made childless R.I.P becomes an anthem, fear floods the green fields As we earn terrorism, stoke and… Continue reading OUR MOTHERLAND

THE NIGERIAN EQUATION (by EOPP 2014 3rd Prize Winner Onwuasoanya Chika)

Listen closely to this conversation, Between a father and a son, In Africa’s most populous nation, Son: Father please resolve for me this equation, For I do not understand how, Oil, mineral resources, and fifteen million people, Can equal: hunger, poverty and a dry nipple, For when I added the bloggers and tweeters, A million… Continue reading THE NIGERIAN EQUATION (by EOPP 2014 3rd Prize Winner Onwuasoanya Chika)

GO ASK THE FLOOD’ (by EOPP 2014 2nd Prize WinnerFubaraibi Benstowe)

Fellows, We too have danced To this painful throb Shed rain, sweat and blood, Some did paddle through farmlands Only to watch green sweat Slouch to ocean sides, Some groped in liquid darkness Wrestling the Wilds with fears and qualms But water is water, and land is land He who must follow breath’s path Must… Continue reading GO ASK THE FLOOD’ (by EOPP 2014 2nd Prize WinnerFubaraibi Benstowe)

PETALS IN THE MORNING SUN (by EOPP 2014 1st Prize Winner Darlington Ekene Ogugua)

I Much have we traversed this bleak terrain, With jaded winds bathing our eyelids And sand grains from once-lush fields Lodging within the caves of our hearts; Hearts, dense with crimson tears Shed by eyes scarred by inequity; Hearts, scorched by black lies Told by tongues of today’s truants. Little we see in nature which… Continue reading PETALS IN THE MORNING SUN (by EOPP 2014 1st Prize Winner Darlington Ekene Ogugua)

DARLINGTON EKENE OGUGUA WINS ERIATA ORIBHABOR POETRY PRIZE 2014

Winners have emerged in the Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2014. Several poets from all around the world heeded the call for submissions with poems of top quality, touching on every aspect of social change. The following poets emerged winners: 1st Prize N20,000 Winner ‘PETALS IN THE MORNING SUN’ (by Darlington Ekene Ogugua) DARLINGTON EKENE OGUGUADarlington Ekene Ogugua was born about nineteen… Continue reading DARLINGTON EKENE OGUGUA WINS ERIATA ORIBHABOR POETRY PRIZE 2014

FORGIVENESS

All around me I see the faces that are hurting I hear the hearts splintering under the weight of your betrayal Everything once shared fast withering into nothingness Visions of a future with you teetering on the precipice of expulsion I feel the trust – once so priceless – disintegrating Fragments of it blowing away… Continue reading FORGIVENESS

OUR FAMILY OF POETS

Proud I am of the Pride The family inspiring poetic literacy Terrace of study where ignorance dies Hearts of knowledge that murder sins Paradigm of peace, achingly pleasing Here will my lust and lost will be sought And my Achilles heel be cured of its wound Words Rhymes And Rhythm family! House of knowledge and… Continue reading OUR FAMILY OF POETS