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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

A tribute to my grandfather

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Baba Right in your warm embrace I wrecked mama's heavy meal I gulped from your palm wine tank In readiness for the Ijapa travels. You rained blessings on me before the farm path registered your feet. You bought me cloths of...

MOROUNTODUN – traditional poetry by Ogbeni POG

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I am on my knees with ocean of tears, Morountodun mi Like a sinful man on a confession board I know I have wronged your humility I know I have murdered the charming vibes in you. Ashake came...

Believe In Yourself: A Poem On Self Confidence

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We will encounter people in life Those who define us by the mud in their eyes. These are those who would challenge your sense of worth And make you doubt; they erode your self worth. They come as...

ALBINO – traditional African poetry

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Cluttering face in the hot rays Inviting even the engaged eyes The white god amidst the Blacks The cult among the uninitiated Squeezing reddish face Oh please don't dare cry Why dare close eye at dawn How do you see path...

APEKE – Traditional African Poetry

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Tell Apeke I am the famous cocoa merchant Tell her my fame spread across the clan Tell Apeke I am the igbakeji Oba The balogun that brought glory to the village. Tell her if she wants the post...

Awero – traditional Nigerian Poetry

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Awero. Tonight, I heard clamours around the gods' shrine Not of Ikoko Akufo—lamentation of a broken pitcher That discerned values on parameters of Akitan Struggling to fetch honour for phenomenon. Awero. Tonight, I heard deliberations or thereabouts Not of the hilarious adventure...

Sisi Mi – traditional Yoruba poetry

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Sisi mi You need not the charms of Abija wara bi ekun Nor the Ifa consultation of the Elebuibons You need not the prophesies of Temitope omo Joshua To ascertain the originality of the love I profess to...

AMARACHI – traditional African poetry

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Let us bring out the ekwe, The ogene and the sounding udu. Let us drum up the new found affection Let us do inyanga for the umu nna Amarachi, let's rejoice from one obi to another and receive the...

African African Why Wait?: A Poem On Self Love

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African, African why wait? For the media to acknowledge your beauty, your substance, the richness of your culture, the uniqueness of your paradigm, the poetry that is your language? Why wait for another to declare that...

Sir Nice Guy

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Hey there, pretty lady! Wow you look smashing in that dress Tell me, you beautiful creature, you! Are you in any form of distress? Are you in pain or peril or in a lot of both? Do you feel your...