[Remembering Chinua Achebe] By Bright Sado Omo, John Chizoba Vincent & Agholor Ndunka Henry

[Remembering Chinua Achebe]

By

Bright Sado Omo, John Chizoba Vincent &

Agholor Ndunka Henry

 

 

God of many

By

Bright Sado Omo

Benin City, Edo State.

 

 

Many You are in One, the great pen bender.

Proverbs are positioned as slaves in your palace.

Soothsayer, speaker of wise words,

Son of the soil, bold and strong.

god in man’s clothing,

No wonder you wrote the future like the past.

Son of Ogidi, yet a god to all.

Truth by truth, you dish out the truth from your pot of creation.

Things fall apart, but yours remain as a whole.

No longer at ease am I, with your absence.

Arrow of God now belongs to men.

Conrad trembles at your arrow.

Biafran-god, your  influence glued aid from abroad.

Many you are in one, the great pen bender.

Proverbs are positioned as slaves in your palace

Soothsayer, speaker of wise words,

Son of the soil, bold and strong.

 

© Bright Omo Sado

 

Brief bio:

 

Bright Omo Sado is a poet, novelist and essayist. His works highlight human activities, with a view to balancing imbalances amongst humans, all for peaceful and developmental coexistence.

A member of the National

Writers Association, with several publications standing in his shelve,

one of such is:

The disillusioned and Ones and in the struggle.

 

 

Email: omohsado@gmail.com

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FAMISHED HEARTS

By

John Chizoba Vincent

 

 

Tell Chinua Achebe

that things just fell apart,

not then when he saw the vision.

 

We have no Okonkwo in the land any more and

the animals are more in our communities;

George Orwell’s Pigs of our century.

 

They said “All animals are equal in a democratic land but now, we discovered that some are more equal than others in the same democratic country”, why?

 

Our hearts are famished,

wandering in the empty street in search of nothing

and nothing is seen to eat nor drink in this famished

lost land called a home, it is not a home but forest!

 

Tell Chinua Achebe

that the vision he saw years back now hurts us more.

The whites are more in power than the days of great Okonkwo and we are left unclothed in the land.

 

All we see are famished hearts, famished souls,

a haunting heart that captures the call of grace,

Ignominious!

Ignominious!

 

Shall the dry bones ever rise again here?

Things have fallen apart in this country and

the center can no longer hold together.

The shoes we wore yesterday,

now walk on marbles of sorrow.

 

If wisdom will be a friend to those Pigs,

if suffering will bare no trend against us,

and we forget our plights with the rain,

the mirror will be a better view to connect us

to the world where tomorrow exists in joy.

 

© John Chizoba Vincent

 

 

Brief bio:

 

John Chizoba Vincent is a poet, Novelist,  video director and cinematographer. He hails from Ohafia Local government area of Abia state. A graduate of Mass communication from Lagos state Polytechnic. He has over seven hundred poems published online and other magazines. His poems have appeared in Anthologies both home and abroad. He has four published books to his credit which include Letter from home, Hard Times, GoodMama and The Chicken Revolts. He currently lives in Lagos where he run his activities.

 

Facebook: John Chizoba Vincent

 

 

 

May God Fight on my Behalf

By

Agholor Ndunka Henry

Obafemi Awolowo University,

Ile Ife, Osun State

 

There was a Country Standing on its spaghetti and skeletal legs

Her Hopes and Impediments are in kegs

A Man of the People begs

May God fight on my behalf

 

Morning yet on Creation Day during Christmas in Biafra

In a Village Church, choruses clouds the chancel

Home and exile, we don’t have another country

May God fight on my behalf

 

Beware, Soul Brother!

Beware, Soul Brother!

The centre is cracking and it is No Longer at Ease

The Trouble with Nigeria is self inflicted

May God fight on my behalf

 

The Anthills of the Savannah are gone

The Refugee Mother and Child cries are as dry as bone

We watch as Things Fall Apart in our zone

May God fight on my behalf

 

It is the birth of Another Africa

The Flute and The Drum reverberates a new Civil Peace

As the Arrow of God silenced the boys and Girls at War

May God fight on my behalf.

 

 

© Agholor Ndunka Henry

 

 

Brief bio:

 

Agholor Ndunka Henry is currently a postgraduate student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile Ife, Osun State. Has special interest in Social Anthropology and gender issues.

 

 

Email: henryndunka@rocketmail.com

 

 

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Above works were part of the selected submissions on

Remembering CHINUA ACHEBE: A LITERARY ICON

 

Event date: November 16, 2016.

 

Venue : Prof. Kenneth Dike E-Library, Awka, Anambra.

 

Organizer: The Society of Young Nigerian Writers Anambra State Chapter in collaboration with the Anambra State Library Board, Awka.

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