…Then the brave died in their bravery And no one mourned them as much as they wished… Looking down on your grave we thought a star would be shining there that there would be non-fading flowers there that the sun and the moon will kiss there that never will termites build their palaces there … Continue reading The Grave of the Brave
Let the ditties from our voices, the bass Igede has to give wipe off the sweat, sow a wilful smile on every lip; on every waist that bends like hoe. The voice of Igede is what drives away fatigue our common song fells the shrubs in tremor before we draw close. Tell Her … Continue reading Sanitary Priests’ chant at Okede
By Ochuko Tonukari “This is terrible, it is really terrible! I can’t believe these are human beings…” That was how Navy Commander Walter Feghabor, the then military administrator of Delta State gave vent to the emotions that gripped him as he stood spellbound before the human bodies burnt beyond recognition in the wake of … Continue reading Tears on the Burning Field (1)
They beat the pulp out of me that night of the 30th day of September this year. It was the eve of the National Independence Anniversary, which for 50 years had been trailed by mixed feelings. This was in spite of the general atmosphere of green-white-green that descended on the country. I had almost passed … Continue reading Almost Alive, Almost Dead
These stories are true life experiences i’ve had while in Public Transport on our beloved Nigerian Roads. Although its based on true occurrences, poetic license is used where necessary. …continued from Episode 1. Here I was at location 3 trying to figure out where I was supposed to go to get a taxi to location 2 when … Continue reading True Nigerian Transport Stories – Episode 2
Come my love Please take me out I’m tired of the same smell The jasmine from the cone bottle That sticks on the rugs and cotton Take me to the beach side Where I could wet my hands and sand my feet Take me’ So I could be marvel’d by the soothing waves … Continue reading Bored!
I just came out of a meeting where one of the participants was introduced as preparing to get married next month. In the words of the moderator “…next month he becomes a man…” and I began to argue with that thought line in my mind, asking myself the question “what makes you a man…? Because … Continue reading What makes you a man?
Jerry and Solo are sitting at a table in silence in Pangolo Junction, a down-at-heel, somewhat disreputable drinking joint. As usual, the atmosphere is raucous and noisy, with loud background music, and arguments going off like firecrackers. But our duo’s minds is on other things; every now and then, one of them either looks towards … Continue reading Bus Breakdowns and Manic Motorcyclists
for Tosin, best friend ever. I have seen beauty before Beauties, in many movies and living life And I have seen pretty parading Previously and still presently at occasions And I have seen them being proudly paraded In the presence of those privy But your beauty, I was never privy To the likeness, in life … Continue reading Overtime