YESTERDAY’S FATHER TODAY.

They say as fathers we are supposed to lead by example

But what happens when we run out of options to give an example

Like, all she needed was for you to say

“Jenni, make sure to brush your teeth before you go to bed.

And John, a smelly feet is disgusting so

Always keep your stockings clean and air your shoes to dry.

And do not be afraid to call me daddy after I rebuke you.

And do not always run to your mother coz

She would never refuse you.

And that sometimes makes me feel like a bad father”.

Today’s father barely knows his kids.

Today’s father celebrates a session of corporate duties and good deeds

But never listens when his little boy reads.

Today’s father picks up his phone more times than he

Picks up his boy’s sweatshirt to say

“Boy, put this on because it’s gonna get pretty cold in school today”.

So every time he has something to say, he walks his mother’s direction.

Today’s father knows nothing about today’s father

To be what today’s father was taught by his own father:

To walk the father way, live, sit, talk, and act the father way;

Because that way, we cannot forget your teachings from the other day-

So today’s father now knows better

[So] He taught me and I remember how how…

How my shoes should have equal strides with my legs when I walk.

My hands in my pocket to

Feign arrogance and increase my confidence when I talk.

My both knees on the floor with my head bowed,

When I talk to that father who decided to make me a man.

All these words your silence spoke

These rules on grounds you wrote.

So I dare to call you father coz

When I didn’t learn it was my mistake.

My stubbornness you couldn’t take coz

While I was awake it was sleep I faked.

All these are the words from a man your seed did make.

[So] Today, today’s father knows enough about today’s father

To be what today’s father was taught by his own father

Yesterday

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A VERSE TO BARE by Su’eddie Vershima Agema

U doon, dearest love
Ka nyi? What lies behind your resigned stare
the wrinkled crease, do you wonder what lies behind mine
or is my soul to you bare?
I compose these, line after line
to release the words of our shared trove

As you wonder or know
I stay here bringing my heart to show
what you might not feel
the flooding of my zeal
for you and us
That I forgive but don’t make this worse

Live on and look into my eyes
they might kill your continued sighs
for words might lie
and actions question why
but my eyes and my soul if you stare
dearest, would show my love bare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*U doon: [Tiv] A term of endearment
*Ka nyi: [Tiv] What is it?

LOVE’S STING (an experiment in lines) by Sewuese Leah Anyo

Those twinkles and heartrobs

those sweet, glowing nights
you spent dreaming and smiling
those tireless moments you spent
thinking of nobody else
those daring moves that shocked you
those careless, nervous chatters
and that funny feeling you got
thinking you were swimming in an ocean
with conspicuously winged butterflies all over you

 

yet you watched in disdain
as each day, the distance grew wider
one day, everything BOMBED UP
everything streamed away
like rain on a duck’s back

 

Now torn, no, now grown
you descend heavily on sanity
for letting you so carelessly
showcase your soul like jewelry

 

thank God the lights are on
no bumping your head
against a dark roomed wall
thank God, you feel you are okay

 

but… the pain still grows

IF YOU ASK ME ABOUT NIGERIA AT 100? BY MUHAMMAD MUNTASIR ADAMU

If you ask me; na who I go ask? The matter wey we see so, e tay wey e start. No be me go talk am, e heavy for mouth. If you ask me…The matter for ground…Eh! Na who I go ask? Omawumi
If you ask you ask me: We were never really united right from the word go, Mutual distrust and suspicions, a civil war, coups with several colorations, countless ethno-religious and socioeconomic clashes, an almost clueless political class and a citizenry sailing by these wind make us Nigeria.
But the matter wey we see so e tay wey e start, today when you look at Nigeria- no matter from whatever direction, no matter the focus of our perpective, everything which we see bears the frightful aspect of dichotomy: the north/south dichotomy, the east/west dichotomy, the majority/minority dichotomy, muslim/christian dichotomy, military/poloticians dichotomy, socialist/capitalist dichotomy, urban/rural dichotomy and so on. Despite all the cosmetic posturing we are yet to get the right formula–For fear of sitting it out with each other on a table.
Modern Nigeria dates from 1914 when the two British protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria were amalgamated by Frederick John Dealty Lugard (later Lord Lugard of Abinger). Prior to this date, the territory contained a number of people, each severally pursuing its own chosen destiny, each at its own pace and each following its own chosen direction. But soon it will be 100 since the territories refered to as Nigeria today was amalgamated and the question begging for answer is that have we been really united? My answer will in the negative.
Nigeria was amalgamated almost hundred years ago but despite all this, Nigerians today still have no clear concept of and definition of home. Is Nigeria home to all Nigerians? When Nigerians cannot buy land in parts of Nigeria and Nigerians cannot fully exercise their political rights in certian parts of Nigeria. The situation has become worse with Nigerians deported even within a Nigerian state.
Some would be wondering what we are celebrating. Others remain strident about what they call “the mistake of 1914” which lumped parts that were never in union together. Calls for different ends of Nigeria to go their separate ways have not ceased. These are different ways of expressing the same frustrations about the poor progress Nigeria has made in critical indices of human development.Blames on leadership and docility of Nigerians to challenge their leaders have been listed as factors in the Nigeria’s deteriorating state.
I am convinced that no problem in insufferable; that there are always solutions to everything; that all our beloved country needs is the habit of togetherness. We must learn to stomach our differences for a batter Nigeria. We must encourage unity among Nigerians. Government should de-emphasise ethnic or state of origin in all official documents just like its done in Unites States.
Conclusively, for us to achieve the Nigeria of our dream, We as individuals must be the change we want to see in the Nigerian state. Justice Oputa JSC (as he then was) of the Supreme Court of Nigeria once said “Nothing will happen in our nation, in our society which did not first happen in our minds. If wrong is rampant, if indiscipline is rife, if corruption is the order of the day, we have to search our individual minds for that is where it all starts…” Let us all remember that there is only one price which we must pay- we must leave Nigeria morethan how we received it. Are we going to achieve that? Only time will tell.