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House Number 29

She's at the cafe window, mug in handa young man steps into her viewout of an Uber, now sliding away. His ironed shirt, his fresh haircuteverything on him speaks intentionexcept his feet; queasy, andas willing as a flat tyre. He…

Communal Tragedy

The fire's last embers long died outand empty beds remain emptyempty yesterdayempty today and forever but who remembers? It is the way of our worldthat it happensthat we shake in shock as we grapple with the tragedy at our door.…

The True Nigerian

The True Nigerian

Early in the morning a true Nigerian meets a friend and like a game of ping-pong they play with greetings. “How is your wife?” “she is fine!” “And the children?” “they are fine!” “How is work?” “work is fine!” “Your father’s health?” “he’s doing well!” Then one says a greeting…

I Will Find You

My shoes have lost their floors And my eyes riot from looking But till I find you, I will Worry many more maps, Scourge many more miles And dissect a thousand more smiles. I will find you. It might take a day perhaps another decade But I will find you…

THE BANKING HALL PERVERT

“She’s going to slap me!” I said to myself, unsure of what defensive demeanour to assume. Do I wait for her to accuse me, and then in a calmly measured voice tell her it wasn’t me while pretending to be offended? Should I make my denial very indignant, to validate…

To Cook A Stone

To Cook A Stone Don’t ask me How I feel A butcher doesn’t flinch When he leads the humble sheep The way the stew is cooked. Don’t pull me From my tears That drown me every day By words you…

The Girl Across The Street

Thursday evening, two minutes past six You were standing by our street With your (talkative) friend Your skirt gently teasing the wind. I overhead you saying you know me (A neighbour from across the street) So I assumed your (talkative)…

276 Girls

A fowl is missing from the next village. That night they heard a shriek, A snap, retreating feet and silence. Jòná says “who cares? It is not my fowl”. Then a goat was stolen six streets away We found clean…

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