52 YEARS! (by Uchechukwu Ekwurekwu Obiakor)

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Now you are 52 –
Yesterday is past.

We recall 1960;
1967-1970 still tell stories –
Of course, no victor no vanquished.

The sun sets at dawn,
Children down with kwashiorkor.
Khaki boys from barracks have gotten a koboko –
A change in this Obodo,
Many Olodos eating cocoa.

Now you are 52 –
The present is here.

1999 is historic;
Apples killed the Serpent –
A journey into democracy.

Twenty naira suddenly become an identity card
Arrest the thieves and leave the chief.
Plane crashes,
Bombs are ahead –
Pastors have sewn odeshi belts.

Now you are 52 –
What comes tomorrow?

You are a giant;
Your dreams are unique,
But on the brink.
No,
You can not break up!

meet the poet: Uchechukwu Ekwurekwu Obiakor

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5 comments

  1. Uzoma – 9ja, where else? – Hello, there. I'm Uzo. I'm an African writer, artist, and industrial chemist. My love for writing stories, sharing, and meeting people have led me to starting my own blog. I invite you to take a trip with me into the African society via my African tales/short stories and African arts (as much as I can flesh out). On 85 degrees, you will also find some bite-sized poems. Feel free to comment on whatever that piques your interest. If you'd like to send me a private message, you can do so via the email displayed on the top left corner of my profile. I meela (Thank you).
    Uzoma says:

    Absolutely what I had in mind for this day! This is where Icurrently find our dear nation . At 52, some of us still have this pipe dream of Nigeria, the giant of Africa. What a shame! Liars, Liars, Liars. These politicians haven’t change at all! What baffles me is this: is Nigeria your father’s property? This and many more I hear. Ah! I must stop the rant now. Just wanted to say you and your pals are true writers and poet. Your words are undiluted.

    1. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson – Abuja, Nigeria – I am a media professional with experience in multimedia journalism, book publishing, content creation, web management, public relations, media relations, social media management, and client relationship management. My interests include multi-platform content creation and management, media relations, digital and print publishing, and youth-oriented social services. I am open to middle-level positions in organizations that encourage innovation.
      Kukogho Samson says:

      Its such an annoying thing , knowing how rich the nation is….and they keep telling us there is a brighter future. Yes, it may be bright, but how do we get there when there are giants pushing us away from there.

  2. Uzoma – 9ja, where else? – Hello, there. I'm Uzo. I'm an African writer, artist, and industrial chemist. My love for writing stories, sharing, and meeting people have led me to starting my own blog. I invite you to take a trip with me into the African society via my African tales/short stories and African arts (as much as I can flesh out). On 85 degrees, you will also find some bite-sized poems. Feel free to comment on whatever that piques your interest. If you'd like to send me a private message, you can do so via the email displayed on the top left corner of my profile. I meela (Thank you).
    Uzoma says:

    I call it recycling of politicians. And you are right, bro! Nothing barely moves. Take the increase in fuel price for example. They claimed it would do a lot of good to Nigerians, but what are we seeing today? Fuel scarcity still rocks our gas stations! What about Boko-Haram? Or the senseless privatization of NEPA to PHCN (Please Hold Your Candles Now)?

    God help us. We are in for a bumpy ride.

    1. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson – Abuja, Nigeria – I am a media professional with experience in multimedia journalism, book publishing, content creation, web management, public relations, media relations, social media management, and client relationship management. My interests include multi-platform content creation and management, media relations, digital and print publishing, and youth-oriented social services. I am open to middle-level positions in organizations that encourage innovation.
      Kukogho Samson says:

      They have no answers to existing questions and still go on to create more…its terrible.

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