Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Nigeria Preys

(For Yakubu Gowon)


Nigeria preys

On the rising sun

Crazed with fear

For the spreading rays of hope



Heavy with a curse

Of many genocides ago

She claws her way

To the next damnation


Nigeria preys

Now behind the mask

Of democracy, in the dark passions

Of people-deceiving-people


How many gowons make one Nigeria?

How many darknesses make a victor

Become the vanquished?


Sunday, April 22, 2007


Niyi Osundare and Biodun Jeyifo,
at the latter's 60th birthday poetry reading in Ibadan