Is there any hope?

Is there any hope?

I do not aim to write a poem or an article write in any sort of order. My aim is to pour out my heart just so maybe I will get an answer or just maybe Nigerians will arise from our slumber.

I walk on the streets of Lagos, from Surulere to Ikoyi,

I look into the eyes of the everyday Nigerian.

What I see gives me a mixture of feelings.

First I see resilience, I see determination.

Determination to make it in life inspite of the odds

Determination to get to work before 8am despite the fact that a journey of 15minutes takes over 2 hours on Lagos roads

In the eyes of the father, I see determination,

determination to provide food on the table for his wife and three or four children,

even though his salary can barely provide enough food for himself alone

I see determination in the eyes of the Nigerian mother,

who aims to supplement her husband’s wages from the profit she makes from selling biscuits and sweets at her kiosk

I see determination in the eyes of the Nigeria child,

who in a bid to pass her exams reads with the aid of a lantern exposing herself to dangerous gases,

I see determination in the eyes of the Nigerian undergraduate,

who strives to make his degree comparable to his counterparts outside the country

even though school has been closed half of the term due to teachers’ going on strike,

I see determination in the eyes of the average man on the street,

who under rain and sun stays in line for hours to vote in his preferred candidate

even though all the candidate ends up doing is to make life worse him for the next four years.

And in all this resilience, I wonder, is there hope?

When will we get tired of shouting ‘Up NEPA’ when they give us our weekly one hour ration of light?

When will our graduates get frustrated of leaving school and not finding jobs?

When will we get tired of watching our leaders fly abroad to treat common cold

when we are dying of malaria at government hospitals?

When will we get frustrated and march out to streets to tell our leaders ‘Enough is Enough’

In all the resilience, again I wonder,

Is there any hope?



29 thoughts on “Is there any hope?” by Ayo (@boringblogger)

  1. WHEN i wonder too. you really got this right. VERY GOOD poetry…

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      Thanks xikay. Na as e dey pain me I write am down so…

  2. this is a poetic, prosaic, non-fiction muse. lol.
    i neva read am o. just like the intro and the style. the way the whole piece looks, short lines that later grow to long lines and then concludes with short ones, looks like someone that starts by talking in low tones and then becomes emotional and loud and later subsides again. cool. now, to read…

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      Thanks for taking out time to read…

  3. yeah cool piece but u used inappropriate words in context e.g.
    “determination in the eyes of the Nigerian UNDERGRADUATE…even though school has been closed half of the TERM due to TEACHER’S strike…”
    an undergraduate is ovbiously in the university so they should have semesters and lecturers, yes? is it the student that makes the degree comparable to foreign counterparts? i dunno,this is food for thot for me. another,
    “…the average man who…to vote IN his preferred candidate.”
    u vote FOR a candidate not IN.
    You know i really do wonder how some drivers and such like manage to feed their wife and kids when my salary isn’t enough for me, not to talk of a girlfriend/wife and kids. but still, they manage it somehow. talk about resilience.
    nice one, Ayo.

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      Thanks for noting the above. Another of my weaknesses brought out here. I just wrote the above and published with little thought for editing save for typos.

      This was actually penned when I read of a Tunisian graduate who had resorted to selling fruits because he couldn’t get any proper job. One day he was harassed by police where he was plying his trade and in his frustration/anger, he set himself on fire. The resulting show of anger by the Tunisian populace ended with the overthrowing of the administration and Ben Ali the former President going on exile.

  4. @neo-lite,..it gets me through the moods and leads me along by the hand. @ayo, you did a great job…INSIGHTFUL piece

  5. yeah cool piece but u used inappropriate words in context e.g.

    “determination in the eyes of the Nigerian UNDERGRADUATE…even though school has been closed half of the TERM due to TEACHER’S strike…”
    an undergraduate is ovbiously in the university so they should have semesters and lecturers, yes? is it the student that makes the degree comparable to foreign counterparts? i dunno,this is food for thot for me. another,

    “…the average man who…to vote IN his preferred candidate.”
    u vote FOR a candidate not IN.this one i honestly don’t get, seems like an error to me but u know better:

    “When will our graduates get frustrated of leaving school and not finding jobs?” i mean, i thought they were already frustrated.

    You know, i really do wonder how some drivers and such like manage to feed their wife and kids when my salary isn’t enough for me, not to talk of a girlfriend/wife and kids(and i probably earn more than they do). but still, they manage it somehow. talk about resilience.
    nice one, Ayo.

  6. Neo is right..this is a combination of prose and poetry.
    I like it when people are able to take more than a cursory look at the next man on the street and look into his soul.I see what you see every it gives me hope and breaks my heart at the same time.I strongly believe that a revolution is eminent with the way things are going in the country.There is hope or else we would have been crushed since…your work provokes deep thoughts and that is where the answer is..on the inside…well done!

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      Thanks. Let’s start that revolution by registering en-mass and voting for whoever we think will improve our situation.

  7. @whoever noticed, why did the post appear twice? @xikay, talkin about my first comment on this piece?

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      Yeah I noticed but I have no idea why it appeared twice…

  8. Good job, bro. But you gotta polish your skills; cut the typos, do some proofreading before publishing. You echo ALL my sentiments. But I think we should get ready to kill a few people if our votes are disregarded and our leaders refuse to be held to account. Nigerians must be ready to die in order to live.

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      Thanks. Comments noted. I’m working on it. Thanks again.

      Register, Vote and Defend your vote

  9. Good message. There definitely must be hope. Good one. Aluta continua, hope the spelling’s correct.

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      Make Aluta no continua o…Ive always had a problem with that slogan ‘Aluta Continua’. I believe its the reason why we are still struggling..lool

      Abeg make we change am to ‘Aluta must stop’

  10. This is real stuff! We all wonder too…we wait and we wonder…

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      like Femi Kuti

  11. I understand where this is coming from. Your worries are shared by many.

  12. I’m for the ALUTA provided i will not be on the streets…WE ARE ALL WORRIED.

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      lol..so where will u b? abeg make aluta stop o…we don tire to dey struggle

  13. in response to your Title, i say: THERE IS HOPE, though we HOPE against HOPE

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      Hope against Hope go cancel out nah? lolol

  14. Well done. There is a rallying cry in there somewhere. Sometimes that very resilience that’s our strength becomes our handicap. God will make a way. Proofreading before publishing is a necessity.
    This is food for thought…good job!

  15. I don’t know if there hope but I know this is one awesome write up.it just captures it all.thumbs up sir.

    1. Ayo (@boringblogger)

      Thanks empress sewande….We just need to keep hope alive

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