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LOVE CYCLE

    By Chinua Achebe       At dawn slowly the Sun withdraws his long misty arms of embrace. Happy lovers whose exertions leave no aftertaste nor slush of love’s combustion: Earth perfumed in dewdrop fragrance wakes to whispers of soft-eyed light…..       Later he will wear out his temper ploughing the vast acres of heaven and take it out of her burning darts of anger. Long accustomed to such Caprice she waits patiently for evening when thoughts of another night will restore his mellowness and her…

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BUKA MAN

    By Afam Akeh       Far from the monstrous cost  of well-laid tables, I sit, listening  to the lies of jocund buka folks  and wondering how well I am fed on my truly lean pocket.  I am a denizen of the buka;  even the fierce flies know my face.  I strut in and out of them, proud  like a be-medalled ex-serviceman. I am a loyal buka man,  have learnt to do without  the uniformed smugness of waiters. Buka women smell like their food. they do not wear…

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REFUGEE MOTHER AND CHILD

  By Chinua Achebe     No Madonna and Child could touch that picture of a mother’s tenderness for a son she soon would have to forget. The air was heavy with odours of diarrhoea of unwashed children with washed-out ribs and dried-up bottoms struggling in laboured steps behind blown empty bellies. Most mother’s there had long ceased to care but not this one; she held a ghost smile between her teeth  and in her eyes the ghost of a mother’s  pride as she combed the rust-coloured  hair left on…

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HUNGER

  By Jared Angira       The maize will grow once when  long rains have come and army worms have gone rations will sink with hunger and the intestines will straighten But  that day shal find many in the invalid home with collar’d fathers at bedside mass and others in graves with maggots on palatable meal and for the grave majesties the maize cob shall be for a rusty funeral feast     Jared Angira Jared Angira’s Poems deal mainly with the plight of the rural poor and with…

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BLACK SINGER

  By Wole Soyinka     Cold wreath vine, darkly Coiled about the night; echoes deep within Bled veins of autumn A votive vase, her throat Poured many souls as ome:; how dark  The wine became the night Fleshed from out disjointed, out from The sidewalk hurt of sirens, a darkling Pool of wine shivers In light shrapnel, and do you ask How is the wine tonight? Dark, lady Dark in token of the deeper wounds Fall again of promises Of the deep and silent wounds Of cruel phases of…

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NIGERIA’S FOUNDING FATHERS: MASKED AUTHOR OF DISASTER

Yes! Nigeria’s Independence was realised after spontaneous Nationalist and Independence movements with other external actors involved. Yes! credit should be given to the Elites that risked everything to ensure an Independent Nigeria. However, in recent years, we have overemphasized their contributions to the foundation and development of the country. We have concentrated our resources and efforts to celebrating them for their struggles with the British for the Independence of Nigeria. We have grown to forget that thesame individuals that fought for our Independence are the author of the structural problems…

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