Lakunle Jaiyesimi

‘Lakunle Jaiyesimi is a Pharmacist from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is a poet and dramatist. He is the creative consultant to Eniolu Creations, a multimedia outfit involved in numerous artistic productions, located in Lagos.

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It’s been 98 solid years since Nigeria, as we know it today, embarked on a 100-year marathon to…one wonders, NOwhere while never preparing for the NOWhere…

There was a sea of heads from many different parts of the country, irrespective of religion, tribe or social status, all united for one cause. The policemen were actually protesters’ friends as they sat peaceably around, sucking on pure water sachets and giggling at some mischiefs…

My return from Saudi Arabia, a dejected whore, initially seemed to be the end; now I see, with these new vistas opening before me, the deportation was obviously the beginning of life…

A ruffian in ragged police-uniform pulled at my hair, stood a number of us up and shoved us ahead of him towards a stinking corner. I shared a cell with 17 others and I was happy!

Standing naked before the flying wings of that night, with only a wish to be led to the edge of all creation, a slight movement in the ball of darkness around the corner stole my attention. I crash-landed! A rat? A thief? Or could it be an apparition?

With this recent attack on the United Nations building, one may attempt to say apparently, it has to be the last. The hitherto peaceful international waters have been troubled and there is a furore and heads must roll.

If I must die, I won’t die alone; I die with many children and their mothers, pregnant with babies who never yet had a voice. I die with the aspirations to solve the problems of the world. I die with the songs passed down by generations gone…