Saturday, 1 October 2016

OCTOBER 1ST (Nigeria in poem)

Okechukwu Onuegbu

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Why puzzle over her statuesque?
Gun boot diplomacy forced her
To marry thousand men.

She was born on a platter of gold;
When her nationalists fought for governance
Participation via their chains of newsprint.

History says the agenda of their pre and post Conferences
Was participation in governance
Therefore, budgeting millions each year
To brainwash her children that all is well
Is like pouring water on the fire.

It is either we bury her or comfort her;
We can’t lose our senses to the gifts of deceits
We inherited from our nationalists
Men and women of valour
Who, selfishly intermarried just to rule.

I read how hundreds of them
Throw tantrums on colonial masters
Through their chains of print media
But carapace as crabs when crowned
Immediately, the Union Jack was lowered
And replaced with Taiwo’s flag.

Although the military government
Plastered our faces with pains
The time is ripe for us to redesign our skin
Time is ripe for us to redefine our future
We must not continue blaming ourselves
Democratic dispensation stands a better chance
To correct our past history.

(culled from the MIRROR OF THE MINDS, Okechukwu Onuegbu's collection of poems published on March, 2016 by Devoice Creative Network )



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