Courtesan Of Nigeria

Courtesan Of Nigeria

He took him to her

and he held her hand

He could feel the wedding ring

in the pocket of his transparent agbada,

fought conscience and took her in

“Pay her in person,” whispers the pimp,

after his own large share.

The night is bright

and she strips in its light

This stirs him – he grabs her

Doesn’t hurt her in order to pay well

He’s rich enough for her

Not as rich as the other

Quite like the third

Stuck between the legs of a high-rank military officer,

Trapped in the hotel room of an influential MD,

Swoons in the guest house of a dangerous politician,

Touched by the hungry fingers of a senator,

“Re-moulded” on the table of a speaker,

Lost in the arms of fellow courtesans…

O naira! Why scald me in

the recess – the abyss sweet to make

me prefer kobos?

An innocuous look for the wealth-amassers:

the Alhajis, the Chiefs, the titled, the MPs, the PSs, legislators

This fosters desire and pay

My body’s to the task,

infiltrating the peasant way

I grab the hearts of the lost

to lick or leave or love

But, a mother?



16 thoughts on “Courtesan Of Nigeria” by Emmanuella Nduonofit (@Emmanuella-Nduonofit)

  1. Nice flowing poetry…the last line “But, a mother?” is a bit confusing though..please decipher.

  2. Emmanuella Nduonofit (@Emmanuella-Nduonofit)

    Remember, Mercy, that she was certain she was ready to be a courtesan, but was she ready to get pregnant…?

    1. Thanks for the explanation Matress, now I get it..

    2. I didn’t mean to call you ‘Matress’ o! Abeg na typo..I meant ‘Mastress’…lol

      1. Hey Merciful, even if you call me ‘Mattrass’, I go still answer you, you hear me? :D Trust Jaywriter and his name creations. :)

  3. Initially thought you were talking/writing about a woman but then it seemed to metaphorically be about money. Couldn’t tell anymore but it is an interesting read.

    1. Courtesans, who are mostly women, go for money. So this poem gave money its due for the moment. The main focus here is on the courtesan.

  4. very interesting.
    true that last line was kinda tricky.
    i am still going to ask again.
    what inspires you?

  5. Well done, weird one. Another interesting read. With you, kinda always enjoy the interpretation. Keep it up.

  6. Meena-Adekoya (@Olajumoke-Adekoya)

    very interesting poem, first sounded like you were talking about a woman, then the change to the Naira…love the comparison very clever, thou the last line talks about being a mother, how would the Naira beget a child? food for thot…nice work thou

    1. Abeg o, Meena, d naija no get pikin, o!

      1. I mean, d ‘Naira’ no get pikin, o!

  7. Powerful poetry! I could feel the intensity of the courtesan’s brooding in the lines; especially in the climax which takes place in the 4th verse

  8. nie rymes, very nice rymes, it helped me pay attention.

    1. @Adeyinka, there are no rhymes here. I think you mean rhythm.

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