Tag: Nigeria

I am North

I am NorthI run from the far Saharathrough the Sahelian Kanoto the fertile lands of Benue I am NorthA spring of wisdomI fed the brave SardaunaAnd the eloquent Tafawa I am NorthA home to the HausasThe Fulanis and KanurisBeroms, Tivs and Idomas I am… Continue Reading “I am North”

Ruins

What becomes of a failed state? Does its might like Rome become a museumadmired for the glory of its past?Or does it die of vice in the hands of scoundrelswho limits Liberty to increase their shareof the pie that they steal from the wretched?… Continue Reading “Ruins”

His Second Coronation

His second coronation –evident yet suspicious;with hisses of frustrationmany wore mournful looks as if in a requiem. The fog of his crown has finally cleared;enchantment has given way to disillusionment.Even some vociferous supporters are deserting –“He’s of a medieval mindset. He excludes rather than… Continue Reading “His Second Coronation”

Another Wreck

Again they’ve refloated another wreck – Obigbo;shy men of culture with a deep hatredthey consider themselves patriots, statesmen,devout Muslim, intellectuals, earnest Christiansbut they look on with folded hands. That’s why you saw me: massacred in Asaba – ’67,beheaded by fanatics in 2002 as George… Continue Reading “Another Wreck”

Conspiracy

Nothing works against the successof a scheme so much as a wish to makeit wholly secured n’ sure to succeed.Such an attempt requires many men,much time and very favorable conditions;these heighten the risk of being discovered –how daring, how O dangerous!Yes, Conspiracy has a… Continue Reading “Conspiracy”

Helter-skelter

Helter-skelter in the cityThe mall strangely in disarray –Smashed windows, ransacked shelves. Citizen: “Liberty! Liberty is in town. It’s a protest!”Government: “No, no, Citizen! Be on your guard!Law and Order now cower at your feet, too timid to act.” Soldiers, to the street! Forward… Continue Reading “Helter-skelter”

By the Tollgate

By the tollgate at Lekki, by the roadsidefar from the comforts of our loved oneseased from the day-to-day tasks we abidethere we sat in anguish n’ anger – agitated. Placards we brought with us –a solace to our heavy hearts,a plead to the world… Continue Reading “By the Tollgate”

Weapon

The will to power destroys the power to will.The weapon made, we cannot help but use it;it drags us with its own momentum still. The power to kill compounds the need to kill.Grown out of hand, the heart cannot refuse it;the will to power… Continue Reading “Weapon”

Nightmare

Do you believe a soncan solemnly love his mother –bleed for his motherland and republicin the very heartbeat of his soulyet repeatedly betray n’ rape her?You’ll say nay,never mind how bizarre, illogical,foolish, spiteful or unthinkablebut men do it, I’ve done so,you’ve too, we still… Continue Reading “Nightmare”

Humble Grief

1.Prostrate here in humble grief, I lieIn this foul-smelling and awful cubicle.What with me do you want, O Justice?Ain’t your vows to ruin my innocence? 2.My castle of confine! My dwelling! My cell!Long enough have I known your hermitageYour stonewalls of miseries to me… Continue Reading “Humble Grief”