She’s the pride of the African woman,

Dreaded by all, dared by few but loved by all,

Rumor has it; she’s brought grey-haired men to tears,

Alongside her many children,

She carries out her duty without compromise,

Red as Danger

And Hot as fire!

Children scream at her arrival,

She’s the nightmare of the white man,

She brings tears to your eyes,

And you can’t feel any emotion

Few have learnt the art of her gimmicks,

Trying hard to blend with her split personality,

Red as Danger,

And still Hot as ever!

Oh! You can never resist the slim red beauty,

Adorned with grace in her green wig,

Who knows, she could have been the cause of the 2 world wars,

You should never underestimate what this beauty can do.



Cuz I’m the Red Hot Chilli Pepper.


…From Tatashe with Love…XOXO.

16 thoughts on “Tatashe” by mikesfrequency (@mikesfrequency)

  1. What should I call this? An ode to Tatashe pepper? Keep writing, mate.

    1. Thanks Joseph. I’ll do just that.

  2. had a good laugh with this one…can’t blv the muse led u 2 our own pepper!!!

    found some contradictions like:
    dreaded by all…loved by all? (am not sure that I love this tatashe 4 instance…lol). point is, isnt it suggestive that you’re trying too hard to sell it?

    and u can’t feel any emotion? even with tears in your eyes?

    well, poetic license so; I take the backseat on this one.

    1. Thanks @Adaobi Okwy, It was a typo there actually. Supposed to be “Dreaded by some, dared by few but loved by all”. Thanks for pointing that out.

      :-D Well, I guess you didn’t still like our red beauty. I’d try better next time. Thanks for the read!

  3. Interesting poem.
    Little correction – Tatashe is the non-peppery pepper. Rodo is actually the red hot chilli

    1. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. @mikesfrequency, e clear say you no sabi cook!
      @Lade, you seff for shut up na. You just fall mike hand.

    2. Thanks @Lade, I totally mixed it up there.

      LOL!!!! @Kaycee, u dey laugh me shey. I dey cook o, no try my skills.

    3. Exactly,if he is talking about rodo or sombo,then i’ll agree…but tatashe is not peppery o!

  4. L̃̾Õ☺Õ̾Ô=D:D=));)ÕÔ☺ÔÕ̾L̃̾

    1. @Shai, that laughter says it all :-)

  5. Nice one you got here,Mike.

    1. Sankyo Sankyo very mush @posh

  6. Hehehehe….Red Hot Chilli Peppers…like the band.

    1. Yep, you gat it

  7. I thought that tatashe is the non-spicy pepper just to color foods like moi moi and stew and jollof rice…the tatshe I use is not that hot but some other pepper like jalopeno are hot and burning when you use them. correct me if I am wrong but…

    1. I think you’re right. Tatashe isn’t that pepperish.

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