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Today

Today, as Nigeria turns 50 loud
Rat-tat-tats ripped the air at midnight
Bang-bang
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
War?

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.

Today
As Nigeria turns
50
The sun arises to a calm morning
The people wait in expectation
What will the new day bring?

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bintu's picture

Brillian peot a sun, so

Brillian peot
a sun, so nice to stimulate a good night sleep
a nice night i wished, but how much i wish it come to pass.
as the sun shine along drop of rain, raise the though of two in one.
yes, to in one. One seem to wander sun and rain on this faithful day
all we expect is calm day. Why!. people wander
the celebrated field. the fied full to the brime. I felt so very happy
yet so sad.
I look up the sky, i said why the mixture.
suddently come a big bang. in mixture of joy and confusion,
i wander how many of such bang will be release!.
50 i suppose yes fifty.............bangs. 50 such bang as in the past.
like the unexpected rain, comes confusion. No bang comes cries from pains
14 honor awarded without protocol. Yeah protocol. The unexpected
visitor already gone'. gone too soon to emerge
Nigeria is 50. speechless roams. ceremony came to a stop. hold hold cried out.
The cloud suddently dispassed the sky. the Game has come to an abroud stop
stopped in need. taxis making the brisk business. in a moment i wander , a coup again!
I wander, what a life, what a life , what a wanderful way to spend a golden jubilee!
what a honor, what a wanderful way to end it.
Niaja nawa for you biko. can we ever stop pulling suprises in Niaja?
have we not call ourselves democratic? do we still need a class room at 50? yes
yes, yes. no education is wasted. like the maize, growing bears behind his mother, like the
monkeys whoes wisdom is limited to his hand to untie robes around his neck only.
my heart bleed. Niaja you are too old for that.
Naija when will you keep your promise. I though you said a fool at 40 remains a fool for ever.
Naija what do you call a man at 50?
call him a name, i will without advert fees circulate. I send it to Aljaazira, CNN
Next time you call a man at 40 foolish! cuz you have not named
this man at 50. I am still waiting at the venue of the celebration.

bintu

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