Yesterday, I wore agbada; today I’m in suit
Which one fit my black face?

Sunrise rises with indignation-
Beating me in my face to the wall
Crying the cry of my misery only fuels
the imbroglio of my nightmare
I’m a child of a Mother seeking a new mother
that will mother me into a warrior

I heard Mother had breast fed warriors
I heard She was dark, tall and strong:

Mother is alive-breathing hard to survive
I’m Her child chased to the cage to be caged
from Her tears
I’m the child seeking oases in my father’s land
I’m the child castrated by the mixed history of Mother

Mother is bleeding heavily:

Jack and Jim raped Mother at the bank of
Nile when the day was calmed
But the world was deaf when She cried
Mother was defiled by strangers

All I heard, all I know-
Mother was raped after Berlin’s meeting:

But, where is father?
Father should hold his arrow-
I mean his hunting arrow
That has brought down elephants and
tamed the howling mouth of hyenas
To avenge for Mother

Oh! Father was bedeviled-
I heard the tale:

Jack came to pray for father
Jim clothed father with suit and hangman’s rope
Father was tricked to England
He left his arrow at the feet of Kilimanjaro

I dream to become a man
With amplified voice:

I’m still a running-nose kid of Mother
Whenever I hear of Mandela; of Wiwa; of Senghor-
Of the scars that greeted their skins after their shout-outs
I fear to raise my voice to speak for Mother

Hope for Mother and me is jingling
And in the next wet season, I will talk:

I have elders of the great savannah-
Despising father’s dancing steps
Holding firm their flutes
Singing songs of the revolution

And let the whole ears hear that-
We have Voices and we have flutes:

In prison and in pains
They cling to their flutes
Singing, singing, singing
Singing for me that Mother is alive
And Mother will be well again

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Abah, Linus Ajene was born in Ogo Oluwa L.G.A. of Oyo State and brought up in Idiri Okpoga in Okpokwu L.G.A. of Benue State where he has his biological root. He is a 400L student of Benue State University studying English/Education with the ambition of become an African Literature scholar as he progresses in life with time. He write poems and prose-fictions.

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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