Little Girl Don’t Cry

  Little girl don’t cry, little girl don’t cry They have all deserted me you say All hope is lost; all matters are worse But girl, you look to the sky and still find the sun as company Don’t cry… Little girl don’t cry, little girl don’t cry There’re just crumbs of bread and few […]

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Witches’ Tale 2

Words cannot explain Tanwa’s feelings. Several appeals were made by herself and by others on her behalf, first with the chief and secondly with the Ifa priest. None of the appeals seemed to blink an eye of her worst enemies at that moment. She took the last option which was to give up hope. She […]

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WITCHES’ TALE 1

Cries and wailings have become popular in Akuje. Many homes have been hit by the ravaging tragedy in town. The most popular question has become “who is next in line?” The recent toll of dead firstborns puts the number at twenty-seven. The most recent tragedy is the death of the king to be, Prince Adetuba. […]

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Iku (Death)

In Aka village our most dreaded enemy was iku. The one we fought with all that we had. We have had other enemies at different times but they were all defeated. This one is extremely powerful. He and his army from the kingdom called Aye were fierce and had no mercy.  He wore on him […]

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Abike

For her sake I woke up early in the morning. Before the cocks crow and sunlight awakens. Straight into the forest, I went to target the fattest of the animals. And right on her laps in the evening I dropped the day’s gain – two antelopes and one cheetah. I walked about like the man, […]

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OUR SMALL LITTLE GATHERINGS

Our small little gatherings Where hands are clapped and prayers are said Are the only places where our population is kept sane. Small little gatherings Where the thief promises to steal no more The angry decides against anger… Are the only places where our souls are purged And we are able to stand before our […]

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WE ARE NOT MEANT TO BE

I have drawn the curtain, The leaves are green and the flowers are happy, The sun is rising and the moon is in hiding When will my eyes meet yours again? *** I closed my eyes in quietness I hope that dreams of you will draw us close The dreams are real, my love is fixed […]

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THERE WAS A TIME

There was a time the people was sane, There was a time we opened our mouth to take in food, A time we opened our nose and let in air, We opened our eyes and light flooded them. There was a time Adam loved Eve, We knew who we are. We retained the image of God. […]

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