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Today As Nigeria Turns 50

Today, as Nigeria turns 50 loud
Rat-tat-tats ripped the air at midnight
Hundreds of them in quick succession

All over the neighborhood candles went out
In windows and
Mothers flung their children
Under beds
Or in corners with raffia
Mats to shield them from
This who-knows-what obtrusion of the sleep
Of the poor

Is it sad or funny or just ironic that
While Some light the sky in celebration
Others cower in fear that
Death has come in form of coup
Armed robbers

Ugly paradox
These sprigs of red
Green and yellow light spitting up into
Dark smoggy sky
Spit…bang! Spit…bang!
And pouring down ash debris on the
Hungry masses below

Today, as Nigeria turns 50
We are one hour into Jubilee and it has started to rain.
Rain is pouring fresh
Pouring, pouring
To water the land and soak the soil.

Keep pouring down
Soak our hearts! Create
Inroads in the dry places,
Find the forgotten places and rain down there!
Rain in every language
Every dialect. Tap-tap against the tin roofs
And thud-thud upon
Red slate.
Maybe the people will leave
Their cowering corners and come
Out and dance in the rain of Jubilee.

As Nigeria turns
The sun arises to a calm morning
The people wait in expectation
What will the new day bring?


KenG_Bz's picture

Well written

Wonderfully written and expressed. Happy Independence Day.


SLaw's picture

Thank you! Wish you a

Thank you! Wish you a wonderful year of Jubilee!

olutosin's picture

Beautifully crafted

Thanks dear sister....May this Jubilee liberate or Dear native lAnd from its looters mistakenly pronounced as leaders!

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


SLaw's picture

Amen, Sister!

Amen, Sister!

MACglobalimpact's picture


My Beloved Sister ~ Thanks so much for Your thought provoking commentary on the 50th Celebration for Your Great Country. Looking forward to our meeting someday real SOON. Warmest regard, Your Sister in Christ Millicent A.

SLaw's picture

Thanks, for showing

Thanks, for showing solidarity with us, Millicent! Yes, it would be a joy to meet you in person soon :) Have a blessed weekend!

Celine's picture

Dear Sister, I pray that the

Dear Sister,
I pray that the joy of celebration of Nigeria's golden jubilee sparks of the spirit of true patrotism in the minds of Nigerians. May we individually and collectively contribute our quotas to the turn around, in all ramifications of the spheres of our great nation.

SLaw's picture

Amen, Amen! I join my heart

Amen, Amen! I join my heart with yours in that prayer, Celine.

Leelee's picture

Go Naija peeps!

Go Naija peeps!

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

SLaw's picture

Hey, LeeLee! Sending some

Hey, LeeLee! Sending some Naija love your way :)

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