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GOD, GIVE US MEN! By Josiah Gilbert and @Tjpoet

GOD, GIVE US MEN! By Josiah Gilbert and @Tjpoet

God, give us men! A time like this demand Give us men of strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands; Men whom the lust of oil does not thrill; Men who believes not in the politics of do-or-die Men who possess opinions and a will; Men who will neither torture their opposition nor kill; Men who are Angels ... Read More »

Listen to the whirlwind By Ogunjimi James Taiwo

Listen to the whirlwind By Ogunjimi James Taiwo

Listen to the whirlwind I will consume; Oh yes, I will I will ravage; don’t doubt me I plead I see blood even though the world can’t see. I see death when life is what your preachers preach. I feel it approaching, the consuming anger of the wind. They want us in chains; will we allow them I ask? They ... Read More »

GLOOM | a sonnet for Nigeria’s democracy – Michael Adu @Adu_Michael

GLOOM | a sonnet for Nigeria’s democracy – Michael Adu @Adu_Michael

  GLOOM.  29.5.2013.  11.59am   Weep for the coming dawn Do not drink to this morn The river, the newborn, All swallowed by the post-dis-progressive Sun   The breadwinners are all down I saw them torn with a fang The oil field, the corn barn All dancing in the burn   White marrow is gone, maroon is worn Two complete ... Read More »

Who is our God? – a poem by Femi Fani-Kayode

Who is our God? – a poem by Femi Fani-Kayode

He is the God of the Holy Bible, the giver of life. He is the Holy One of Israel whose coming was prophesied for thousands of years by the Prophets before it came to pass. He is He that humbled Himself and shed His divinity, who came down as God incarnate in the flesh, who suffered on the cross, who ... Read More »

He wears the ring of the Baphomet – a poem by Femi Fani-Kayode

He wears the ring of the Baphomet – a poem by Femi Fani-Kayode

He wears the ring of the Baphomet and he is a lover of women. He rides them like a devil, with a deep and ferocious passion. They fall in love with him instantly yet he cannot be reigned in or controlled. He is a danger to women. He is wild and free. He walks out of the room coldly, moves ... Read More »

POETRY: Will We Ever Smile Again? – Ogunjimi James Taiwo @hullerj

POETRY: Will We Ever Smile Again? – Ogunjimi James Taiwo @hullerj

POETRY: Will We Ever Smile Again? Wrinkles crease our brow, Because we’re apprehensive about tomorrow. Tears stain our cheek, Because we don’t know what to expect in the coming weeks. Our hearts are gripped with fear, We run as fast as a deer. Our heart aches for peace, But dare we hope for it? Our heart jumps each time we ... Read More »

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

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 ... Read More »

POETRY: Christ Is Risen! – by Ogunyemi Bukola

POETRY: Christ Is Risen! – by Ogunyemi Bukola

POETRY: Christ Is Risen! – by Ogunyemi Bukola Christ is risen, The rice is boiling, The chickens are frying, The families are dining, The parents are slacking, The children are lacking, The standards are falling, Christ is risen. Christ is risen, The music is blasting, The beers are flowing, The ladies are dancing, The guys are weeding, The party is ... Read More »

An Elegy For Reuben Abati (2011 – 2015)

An Elegy For Reuben Abati (2011 – 2015)

An Elegy For Reuben Abati (2011 – 2015) Abati is dead and gone to his grave, Ooh! Aah! Gone to his grave. They planted a mango tree over his head, Ooh! Aah! Over his head. The mangoes grew ripe and ready to drop, Ooh! Aah! Ready to drop. But Old Papa Mango said, “Bloody hell, STOP.” Ooh! Aah! Bloody hell, ... Read More »

Death Where Are Thy Claws? – Tribute To Chinua Achebe By Niyi Osundare

Death Where Are Thy Claws? – Tribute To Chinua Achebe By Niyi Osundare

Chinua Achebe is one of those epically unique individuals whose lives have been so full, so purposive and so impactful that we begin to pray that they will never die. But who doesn’t know that that is mere wishful thinking? To be sure, the Eagle on Iroko didn’t die young, but he left when we still need him urgently and ... Read More »

POETRY: We’re Done Crying; We Want Justice! – by Ogunjimi James Taiwo @hullerj

POETRY: We’re Done Crying; We Want Justice! – by Ogunjimi James Taiwo @hullerj

Blood, tears, severed limbs and legs. Murder has been done. Not on the streets, not in the slums, But in the place we call Sacred. Charred remains, unrecognisable. Tearful goodbyes, mass burials, corpse-less coffins. Death has struck again. Not on the road, not in the sea, But right in the sky. Gaping wounds, lifeless bodies, Riddled with bullets and pumped ... Read More »

POETRY: Our Eagles Can Fly – by Tope Olufiranye @olufiranye

POETRY: Our Eagles Can Fly – by Tope Olufiranye @olufiranye

Our Eagles Can Fly – by Tope Olufiranye With colourful wings the sky was painted Our  team of eagles flew so high They soar and glide and scored real goals storm of opposition raged so hard little hopes we had in them critics cried so loud and strong still they choose to see the goals In early games we saw ... Read More »

#ThinkOutLoud POETRY: THE VOICE OF JACOB – Osowe Oluwagbenga @gbengaosowe

#ThinkOutLoud POETRY: THE VOICE OF JACOB – Osowe Oluwagbenga @gbengaosowe

#ThinkOutLoud POETRY: THE VOICE OF JACOB – Osowe Oluwagbenga @gbengaosowe To The One who-had-no-shoes You were one of us Or so were we made to think With a sombre look and tales of a humble background “Oh! Our Messiah has come” we cried To save us from those who’d run us aground But you lied, I say to you, you ... Read More »

POETRY: A Winter of Withering Warriors – Elisha Otome Okoromoba @ElishaOtome

A Winter Of Withering Warriors Where is your sword and shield? Warrior and knight of the people The tales of your blood-drawing dagger In the fight against looting and cruelty Is yet to be read in our waiting ears   Where are those fiery darts? Your tongue aimed at thieves and spivs Who fed from our sweats and burden and ... Read More »

POETRY: The Day of the Ants – Elisha Otome Okoromoba @ElishaOtome

POETRY: The Day of the Ants – Elisha Otome Okoromoba @ElishaOtome The Day of the Ants It seems like a dream when the surge poured The spirit rage within me and my fingers tweaked Write! The voice roared angrily. Write! There is rot in the land Wickedness has crawled to the rooftop It has spread its wings with utter disdain ... Read More »