Poems

The Happiest People on Earth

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I come from the country / Of the Happiest People on earth, / Where death sells at ten for one kobo / And the Living envy the peace

From Olongo Africa
On July 18, 2022
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Mama Calls Me Tennis Ball Because I Always Bounce Back

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I still remember my ball boy training you have to squat with your left leg simultaneously kneel with your right leg perpendicular to your left so even if you miss the catch the ball is halted by your legs at a 90-degree angle I often missed the catch even before my strokes

From Olongo Africa
On June 30, 2022
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a big faith in goodness and beauty and power of moral uprising

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an email from a friend in Gdansk

From Popula
On April 12, 2022
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Where Is Our Government?

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“We have a lot of insecurity in Nigeria. By road we are not safe. By train we are not safe”. (From a survivor of the Abuja-Kaduna Train bomb; Mon., March 28, 2022)

From Olongo Africa
On April 11, 2022
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Barter

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Barter Because it’s 1945 And the Allies put a war horse over a west African infantryman, A boy is traded for a horse.

From Olongo Africa
On February 15, 2022
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Introducing the Olongo Talk Series

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Our interest at Olongo Africa is to promote the interest of African creative works, artists, writers, curators, and producers of culture, and to collaborate in ways to enhance their vision as it intersects with issues of the moment across African countries today.

From The Brick House Cooperative
On January 8, 2022
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For Desmond Tutu

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So straight, so Ubuntu, steered a troubled nation

From Olongo Africa
On January 3, 2022
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[New Year’s Eve Poem] Like a Semicolon

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The past year recedes

From Olongo Africa
On December 31, 2021
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Lonely Night the Poet Sells Himself as Lover to Dream

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Ernest O. Ògunyemi is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Joyland, Tinderbox, Sierra Nevada Review, Journal Nine, The Indianapolis Review, Down River Road, Capsule Stories, No Tokens, The West Review, The Dark Magazine, Mud Season Review, Agbowó, Isele, and in the anthology 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry III. He is the curator of The Fire That Is Dreamed of: The Young African Poets.

From Olongo Africa
On November 29, 2021
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Essex Street

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That evening, the prophet singled me out & asked the church to fervently pray for me

From Olongo Africa
On August 18, 2021
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Flat-lining and the Buzz

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It is not difficult to understand why a volume of poems on the subject of suicide by an African poet can be a difficult thing. The subject is the last taboo, obdurate and stiff as death.

From Olongo Africa
On July 24, 2021
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[POETRY] Brocade

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How often we find rest in the place for longing, fame in the space of hiding, the truth in the face of the neonates.

From Olongo Africa
On June 14, 2021
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Instead of Silence

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Kolawole Samuel Adebayo is a Nigerian poet with works published in Button Poetry, Glass Poetry, and elsewhere.

From Olongo Africa
On May 13, 2021
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