POETRY: There Was An Achebe… – by Adesina Tosin Nathaniel

POETRY: There Was An Achebe… – by Adesina Tosin Nathaniel


Like a comet

You came from no where

You grew like a jellyfish

Spreading your tentacles to the whole world

From the north to the south, east & west

Your glory was sang to high heavens


With your pen

You fought oppression

You fought injustice

You brought smile on us

From when things started falling apart

To the arrows of God that separated them


And a man of the people

That was no longer at ease

You remain courageous

Truthfulness was your watchword

You never compromise till the end

Just like a baby is dear to her mother



The Igbo nation was dear to you

You were loyal to Nigeria till the end

You fly her flag all over the world

You saw what others never saw

You roar through your pen like a lion

And the forests shook & tremble


You were great from cradle to grave

Those that saw you as an enemy

Bow to your greatness in death

Though you’re gone, you exist among us

Those that try to silence you

Never succeeded in silencing your works


You were never tired till the last day

The ink from your pen never drops

There was a country was your last message to us

You saw it coming, but we never envisaged it

Though you’re sleeping, we will always remember that

There was an Achebe



Adesina Tosin Nathaniel

Adekunle Ajasin University.

Follow on twitter @Adesina01

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