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CITADEL. Out of the reds, I will again spare youthe cleanest side of mine.For you to see, Vareehan… It’s your peace I pine this morning...
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The solution to some people’s problem is not the sweet words that make up your sympathetic sentences. The solution to some people’s problem is not...

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There I was… In front of the court, With my head high… In the witness box, On my left was death and my right freedom,...
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That our fore-fathers and mothers have taken the fight against slavery and political injustice to the level where we do not have to worry about another intervention...
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That our fore-fathers and mothers have taken the fight against slavery and political injustice to the level where we do not have to worry about another intervention...
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At the top of Nature There I was Mesmerized by the beauty it’s exuded Rugged yet calm, I couldn’t get enough of it’s fill, I...
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        Overturn   (A dam burst open that can’t be managed).By Tobi-Makinde Melody.   Overtime, I thought you’d change. And come to see...
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Healing is hard One day you’re lively and fine The next day  You hurt till you cry   You just need to keep trying And...
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Rolling from one side of the bed to another,As the sensation travels several distances from the source.A quick time of relief comes,Just before another round...
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Calmness from within spoke to me, Turmoil from the outside shook me still, My body’s torn to retreat and seep strength from it’s calmness, But...
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FIRECalm she was, like the seas, running through the valleys,The quiet, peaceful oneHer skin bruised several times, stepped and spat on What could she do?!Soft...
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The Pilgrim stone of a nine moons May boomerang if thrown at ourAngelic Wishes,As thou can scold the sweet timing Of Time that was counted,...
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How sad a thing to be strong;To carry your problems on your shoulders and have room for more. How sad a thing to have strength;To...
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He offered me a tree… yet he took away the leaves, On a platter he gave me love, but robbed me off peace, When light...
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we have seen these streets before, these memories left with us. they said you loved us, and like water, you yearn to see us run...
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WOMANBirth from the soil of the iroko treeHer hips as round as the earrings of the yemoja goddessThe dip of her hips holding her baby...
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The Eagle with it’s monstrous, noxious and evil clawsThose claws like the mouth of Rake, takes away the dream,The future of the mother Hen The...
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It’s that part of the session when the air is filled with tension. When students toil day and night to make mama proud. When midnight...
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I know you’re a man after God’s heart  But still in a dilemma if you’re after my heart  You once mentioned love to me But...
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  Men in uniforms. Posing with guns like dragons ready to spit fire.Black for brutalityBlue for “friendship”. DPO with a belly like my mother’s pot.Frowning...
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Poor Planks Planks can only be too strong,Fit flat woods strong enough to hold up the rats on heist every night and at morn’ when...
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There in her anguish. The love immersed in her heart has been relinquished. This genre of love was gibberish, and her beauty began to tarnish. ...
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  Considered unworthy to be embraced,Thought unfit to be loved,Although she bore her, She doesn’t want to touch her,Not even with a barge pole,In her...
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  A member of a large household,A part of a school of siblings,Born by an incapacitated father,And a struggling striving mother,She was raised to know...
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A new page has been openedEmpty pages waiting to be filled with ink.New rooms with new doors.It’s a new dawnNew opportunities to right the wrongAdorn...
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A new page has been openedEmpty pages waiting to be filled with ink.New rooms with new doors.It’s a new dawnNew opportunities to right the wrongAdorn...
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His smiles betrays the words he tries to hidesAnd his dilated eyes tells it all. How can I confess this new found love, when I’m...
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From the mane to the fameI love reading the blogsThey say I’m too quietIt’s just a matter of the noiseJust that I am not your...
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He was reminded that there’s a shortage in the supply of digging tools;So, he stayed (KÒSÓKÓ)He was asked to stay and enjoy Life;So, he beseeched...
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  Hey, it’s new! Not just the morning and day, The new year is here. I peeped at the long path of its twelve feetOh,...
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ISOLATION After spending a good part of your life learning how To fly, float and runin the deep blue ocean To fly into the sky...
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PORTAL OF ANGELS With my hands liftedI hear the present songFrom the growing shadowsOh! It’s the song of angelsComing from the great cityAn atmosphere filled...
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MR. COUNSELOR Everyday, I see thingsThings people doEveryday, I see peoplePeople doing thingsEveryday, I hear thingsThings doing peopleEveryday, I hear from peoplePeople that things are...
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MIDNIGHT LETTERS Dear TichalaThe night aren’t warm anymoreThere’s autumn chill outsideI’m all alone here thinking aboutThe days when the sun refuses to shut down darknessAnd...
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The chilly breeze makes me shiver Goosebumps follow“Everyone’s going”I look again at the dark sky “There’s nothing left here anymore” The fan blades increases its...
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ADÙNNÍ,               the way you sway your hips to the rhythm of the song of fire that emanates from...
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“Igúnugún bà l’órùlé, ojú tólé ojú tóko” The bald-headed bird Ugly, alien-looking, as nothing Mainly eats something dead Ugh! Is that not disgusting! “They eat...
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There’s beauty in chaos Because love sometimes comes from the hellish of places.. our smiles light up when we think of the good memories Then...

Men have come and walked the shores of this earth They did mighty things but most are not rewarded. The ones we heard and the...
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    Life is a duration between birth and death,   Life is not perpetual but diminished like smoke,   Life is a mystery that...
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Yesterday, when she kissed me goodbye, she had that look in her eyes again;The one I dread the most just before the other shoe drops“Why...
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I am Child!Do not shut me up!Because, I am child.Do not deprive me!Because , I am a child.Do not neglect meBecause , I am Child….....
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  “There are days, there are good days and there are bad days that make good days worthy of celebrating”And there is a Mother’s Day...

Where I am matters a lot, Where I belong speaks a lot. My environment, what I need. To help organize my adaptation. My environment should...

Photo credits: Thought catalog on Unsplash I have been taking a creative writing unit this semester  and we were given an assignment to write a...

  THE PATH I was lost but i trusted in The Path. I hoped the path would somehow end in the start where i would...

With no eyes, no ears, no mouth, you grab without warning, you make us sad without a choice, you pick You cause so much pain...

Soon we’ll look at our scars and smile, forgetting the hands that wounded us. soon our flaws will be forgotten because we will accept who...

Lately, I’ve been slipping Slowly but steadily I’m receding Listening to sad songs Relating to the lyrics more that I should All these scenarios and...

It all started from afarI saw you and thought you are the girl of my parI hoped you’ll be smart enough alsobut I wasn’t ready...

They say, “a stitch in time saves nine” But in this instance, it’s a switch in time. And a switch in time is just fine....

Abike! Thy native pot rejects the streams of ogundaye.Your flower pot you have hidden well,But the gods have not kept silent towards you. Abike! Your...

I can taste your insincerityLight tipped on your tongueFrom your lips to mineI hear your unspoken thoughtsI feel your willful withdrawalWith each breathless pauseYour eyes...

I hear HE is boundless, infiniteThey say if I’ll believe,I will see HIM.If I reach far enough,HE will touch me . I hear HE loves...

Kareem Itunu Azeez (solacewrites)   From Slethrin, Down to the plain ego’s of Apapath, Running from brimless raceInto the journeys non sourced for…“Our time will...

Her sting is poisonous to the soul.Harboring her makes the chest tighten.She turns her dwelling place into food.Slowly eating it up,Till it bleeds. Her gifts...

Abiola;The same thing you didTo my heart, I did to your feet,One thing broken and theOther walked away. All I ever did was try, all...

  What becomes of you When LOVE Goes South?When the one person you are fond of leaves you behindIn pursuit of a life where the...

He was elusive, He smelled trouble miles away, He was darkness, She was light.   Her head screamed ‘retreat!’ Yet her heart was ready to...

Assumptions about other thought grasp the mind with soar face Every gaze made always give an ink idea of what others think about you especially...

The Cemetery is full of unfinished dreams. Loved ones are gone within an iota of unplanned and unexpected moments.There has been cases of after party incident...

I see my reflection in the pool of murky water.Blood trickles down the length of my fingers, sending ripples that dance upon my image.The thoughts...

THE STIGMAYour loins was my comfort zoneWhy did you endanger my Zone?Encircling me to a danger zone?You tricked me out of desperationMaking me a victim...

DISGUISELet me tell you about a game I playedwhen I bid goodbyewith no plan of where to residewhen i decide to kill the threatwith no...

The imaginary little gremlin That creeps over your mind The one that limit your actions And takes over your years. The little monster that Dwells...

It happened two days before Christmas. I had not known what fear really meant until then. It was as though the veil was torn, I...

She was the light That illuminated my soul And made me see All that was hidden In the deepest corners of my head.   O!...

She’s got the most perfect eyes, Tells the best lies. She’s always at it, Puzzling my mind like a jigsaw.   She’s the codeine, Slows...

Over Here(At Ona-ara) Where we are is the capital city of darknesswhere only lightnings, fireflies and moon share them from their generous brightness. Dust is...

That others may see our viewWe have made it a snap choreUntil we get our reward as dueGifts of excitement and raptureThat hilarious look from...

A man who’s bad with goodbyesFarewell speeches and toastsFor his post mortem suicideHe oughtn’t to leave a note For a strong man dies but twiceFighting...

Nighttime is my time,I walk anyhow,I do anyhow,I visit places forbidden,I do things forgotten, I approach things forsaken, Nighttime is my time; Oh! How I cherish your...

THEME: SANTA SANTA I can’t hide the joy it gives,Always in my home to receive him from Rome,Click! Click! camera shutters.Mama, Papa this is the...

I don’t know about you but let me indulge you for a little bit.What do you think if we made love? A different kind of...

WEEPING EYEShedding tears nights and daysHow long will it lastThe foetus in the wombLament of a great suffering The hand refuse to feed the mouthYet...

  No one knew her name, no one caredAll they knew was that her favorite colour was red. The lady in red as she was...

Nigeria!Why art thou put our dreams on hold?In the hands of hopeless fellows.With your hands infold, just like you’re in mellow.You allowed two fellow bodies...

It’s not your smiles Which causes the butterflies In my stomach to rumble It’s not the glances I steal When you’re not looking Which sends...

 I can tell you about a state Where the pride is buried at the gateOf history. There you’d find a boyWhose heart is null and...

From cradle, Man perched on every word heard Crawled to wrap the Qolam around his tiny little fingers, A little one thirsts for knowledge. Flapping...

They say dance and all I hear is the call of the macabre, I finally decided to let my feelings out, It’s been days but...

THEME: DANCE IN LOVE (Intro: slow music) Gorgeous, can I have a dance with you?Give me your hand, let me walk you to the dance...

ARE THOU MY KARMA? Loneliness,  I felt wrapped my heart in a death grip Crawling on my skin like the leeches that attach and suck...

  I once heard about you and laughed it out. Mum also encouraged me saying we worship daily so you could not dare call on...

     FREE TO LIVE Can a bird be caged in the air  where freedom is free? Can the music of sonorous voice? Be limited from...

music tastes like sand because ears have refused to eat the good sounds, and there’s me under my grandmother’s cane chair locking the little doors...

Heaven never heard me call, guess that’s the reason I feel like hell,In my feelings I fell,In my silence I yelled,In my hands I held,Answers…...

Tragedy I tried not to write about you (because you told me not to) But I can still taste your name And perceive your scent...

This thing called intimacy Intimacy is more than just intoxicating primal lust, It is not just about sex or kissing Or whatever unholy thing your...

When the world ended When sun and moon melted, When the oceans gave up their dead, When the army of the Lord got ready for...

Sentiment societal wonder where my path liesI am not effeminate or built to suit the stereotypical viewsBut when I start to tell tell them They...

On this journey I am,What mile is left to cover?This ocean looks like a dam,I hope you do not call me a rover. At the...

1960, The Ist fruit of your being ushersIn the wave of an historic remembrance,Where a nation was birth by The labour for freedom and liberty....

2FREE TO LIVEThe land is green,Yet! All we see is redThe land is white,Yet! all we hear is warThe land is blessed with soil,Yet! the...

For what?What did I do wrong?What crime have I committed?When has having an iPhone become a crime? In a boarded vehicle,I saw them afar.I’ll be...

In the land of horror,lives a Sapien of honour,who seeks love and virtue.Also in quest of fortune. Wandering like an hungry prey,but nowhere to stay.Hoping...

An uncompleted edificel locatedin a far away land.         The house houses the landlordv Who’s forever living in the veranda    ...