Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#iDreamOfANigeria: SHACKLED PRETENCE


is this Independence
or shackled pretence?
is there really freedom
in this Niger Kingdom?

are we not yet slaves
dying, falling into graves
dug by the hands of those
who fart into Nigeria's nose

as green browns
in villages and towns
and our white turns red
Jona bakes election bread
...
are we free from hate
is there food in the plate
is Musa a free man in Aba
is Johnson smiling in Bama

who is free?
do your eyes see
beyond his mosque
her church, ethnic husk?

is this Independence
or shackled pretence?
is there really freedom
in this Niger Kingdom?


4 comments:

  1. Wow! I love this poem. Simple, yet weighty and quite thought provoking too. The aabb rhyme scheme adds a sublime touch to the poem if you ask me. Great piece!

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    1. Thanks Prof. Oyin. Your students are waiting for the next lecture though.

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