Ma Ton Ra E


This is not a new poem and you may have heard it before – but I have re-recorded and so I am putting it up on my blog. One of the reasons this poem is dear to my heart is it is the only poem so far that has Yoruba – my native tongue – in it.   Our love is Elijah but wheels screech; the chariot is on its head rose speaks to me Ma ton ra e Your love won’t survive another day...

The Reason For The Pathetic


I used to believe that poetry came to me best, most easily, when I was sad. So that, even when I was experiencing an inordinate amount of pain, even when my heart was broken and I was gulping back tears, there’d be this little voice in my head saying, ‘Well at least there should be one good poem that will come of this.’
But I was wrong.

Performing on Radio


This post is long overdue, as what I am writing about actually took place on the 7th February 2015. I would have written about it earlier, but I was waiting for the audio file – and now I have it (thank you Chichi!). The 7th of February was a particularly exciting day for me because I had been invited to come on radio that day, on not one but two radio stations – Metro Fm 97.7 @ 10:45 am and...

Women Arise!!!


Yet another INCREDIBLE event from Freedom Hall is coming up this week! WOMEN ARISE – A music and poetry event that is catered to and all about us!!! Guys you are welcome to come, but be prepared to receive some smack from the poets (myself completely included) Yes I am performing this Thursday and I am freaking out inside. I know it is not my first time, but I am always afraid; and the last...

Obii Ifejika


Obii Ifejika is an artist. She made her debut in Spoken word at the  maiden edition of Bassey Ikpi’s Naija Poetry Slam, where she was  crowned Slam Champion in October 2012. She has performed in  major poetry events in Lagos, Calabar, Bayelsa and Abeokuta. In April 2013, Obii was recognized with the Cannes Young Lions  Award for Design (Nigeria) and continues to works as a  content creator...

How Dare – A Sonnet


How dare you say my love has come too soon, As though love ever paid mind to the mind, And would you have me curb my desire often? Could love be taught to wait till it was time? Could love be made to sleep all through the night, As hand in hand, we tiptoe room to room? Could love be trained to draw back from the light, And answer only to the calling moon? But dare I say you ask for far too much...

Love Love Day – Ma Ton Ra E


So today is the day of flowers, chocolates, teddy bears, perfume, and other really tired gifts. It’s the day when expectations are crushed or met. The day that has probably thousands of beating hearts around the world, preparing to propose. And I’m here…writing. I’m on 75,000 words and my Valentines gift for myself is another 10,000 words. Can it be done? I dunno. But I am...

The Eko Poetry Slam


The Eko Literary Society is the premier society in Lagos for lovers of books, poetry and all things literary and they founded the Eko Poetry Slam, which in collaboration with Metro 97.7 FM and Radio One 103.5 FM, took place last Saturday. It would be the first edition. Their previous poetry slams have been in Abuja. Ken the Slammaster was the host, and I thoroughly enjoyed his witty comments at...

Mr Lifeguard


So, I wrote a song today – another work of art inspired by my ex (he really should get some of these rights) and providing me with free therapy. Songwriting is not one of my strongest skills, but I like to try once in a while anyway. (If any musician/singer e.g. Heather Headley, Jhene Aiko, Beyonce etc /producer/song engineer reading this, feels the lyrics and actually wants to turn this...

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