Nigeria @53: DUMB, DOOMED!

Dumb, Doomed

Would you because I am your father
Fail to tell me my scrotum is exposed
To the menacing gaze of scorn?

Would you because I give you shelter
In my homestead
Applaud my abuse of your daughter
While you hail me in suppressed adoration?

I am dazed by the mutable cowardice
And hypocrisy of my race
Our air is fouled and smelly
And you brag of its fragrance?
What porridge is so deliciously sweet
That you trade the beat of your conscience?

If this is the best of men
I curse my manhood for it’s potency
Even in the fantasy of mediocrity

My heart is heavy, my senses blurred
For the open silence of my people
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SHAME OF A NATION

The shame of our nation aptly laid bare

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We chased the eagles
Out of their homes, converged
There to our folly horn…
Shame of a nation
Dropping like waterfall

In a shameless show off
As though not enough
Strives, strikes and strikes
Thrives, leaving lies to lie
Before our eyes, while in
Pretence we fail to realise
How our attires are in shreds
Contravenes their moral codes

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GREATNESS TOO IS MEANT FOR YOU

I like this

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From earth, went forth, and back to earth
The classic tale of any man
‘Tis in-between that lights the heart
And differs us from man, to man

Each one of us, was born the same
A soul of joy without a name
Blank slates to write his own story
Either with mar, or with glory

Good enough is not good enough
Average just makes our lives more tough
No destiny is forged in steel
Nor fate an impeccable seal

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ASO

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If Aso is a rock, there is a valley beneath
Dungeon of lost souls fallen from the crest
Men’s face clearly buried in the cleavage of its clefts
Men who sucked the suavity off her
Decrepit breast
Men who led an’ whose heirs won’t be fed

If Aso is a rock, men’s brains lie within its kloof
Who’s books it is to loot, food for hungry fools
Men on high horses, stepping on souls with its hoofs
Men who led without the fitting tools

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SIMPLY NIGERIA

Well captured

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Taking a stroll along the Niger shore
Flora was a white looking Shaw
Captivated by the beauty of the area
She screamed with excitement-Nigeria!
Habitations separated by mountain heights
Divided by boundaries of flowing waters
Characterised by numerous tribes
An aboard of diverse cultures
But these are no criteria
It’s simply Nigeria
Frequently heating to red hot
Often quaking for a split
Never exceeding breaking limit
Simply Nigeria our country our lot

Written by: Likeh Godwin Akawu
Edited by: Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

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