I learnt you missed a call

        From karma

        That wasn’t you being smart

        That was fate deciding

        Deciding on the never ending actions

        Don’t smile yet

        You have an unfinished business


Cheta doesn’t drink

But he is drunk

That’s what he gets from his

Castrated ugly past

Taking the cakes meant

For laborers was his hobby

No questions were thrown to him

Because he called the shots

The oppressed prayed for heaven

To rain brimstone

While he went on romantic dates

With embezzlement

Now the big shark is ready

 to swallow

Call it karma


What a world placed in a word!

The lion has been humbled

to eat grass

This is nature taking it course

You are close to a handful of tears

The tears has created a river

But you can’t swim in it

You shouldn’t have played

Gamble with nature

It has the code to your payback

How can this be mitigated?


You called Jimoh “Papa”

But you robbed him with pen

You should have returned

his pension

And it would have been an old story

But you took the fund

And danced with it

While he sunk in tears

And remained in pain


Being sincere would have saved you

Returning what you took

Would have blessed you

You made a choice

By ignoring your chance

Your crown is now your cross

No Simon of Cyrene to help

Carry it for you

You should have listened to the

Warning bells

It’s too late to kiss karma goodbye

It’s time to take

what you ordered for!


Poem: Maureen Onyinye Kenneth

Art credit: mbeh charlsearts




I would if I could

But I can’t

I love to walk down memory lane

When I was papa’s girl

He called me princess

Because he’s my Dike


He always held my tender hand

Protected me with all

Taught me to be brave

Tolerated my failures

Until I became a victor

Because he’s my Dike


It’s not true what I heard

But can truth tell lie?

Can I get one more packet of smarties

And my dense long hair will be plaited

Please don’t be silent

It’s your little girl’s voice


I want to hear you giggle

I want to see your call on my screen

I want your blessings one more time

It’s so hard to say goodbye

But I want to rest my case

So you would rest in peace


Sleep well James Nwoye Adichie

Naa nke oma Odelu Ora Abba






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