Soyombo Ayomikun: Nigerians want food, not a rebased GDP (Poetry)

by Soyombo Ayomikun

FOOD

Whatever GDP means. Nigerians’ brains at the moment cannot comprehend. Please give us food. Before hunger deals the final blow

1. Our stomachs hurt

   Bleeding from the wounds of ulcer

   Ulcer from prolonged hunger

   As our sweats yield only pennies that can’t feed a cat

   Whatever GDP means

   Nigerians’ brains at the moment cannot comprehend

   Please give us food

   Before hunger deals the final blow

2.Malnutrition still roars around

   Killing our children without pity

   All because of a recalcitrant poverty

   Plastered on our foreheads as tattoos from hell’s laser beam

   Our limbs are tired

   From carrying bodies deprived of nutrients

   Please give us food

   Before hunger deals the final blow

3.We’ve become faceless in our land

   We’ve become homeless in our yard

   You keep telling us that we’re the leaders of tomorrow

   Trying to preach to us that ‘surulere’

   We don’t even want to debate that again

   We’ve got little energy left to argue

   Please just give us a living

   Before hunger deals the final blow

4.What’s the use of being Africa’s largest economy

   When close to 70% of us are living in penury

   How can we call ourselves the best

   When our children roam the streets without common slippers

   Our zygoma prominences lack beautiful flesh

   Making us look like vampires each time we smile

   Please give this vast land food

   Before hunger deals the final blow

5.When we finally reach the top

   We won’t have to blow our horns

   We won’t have to be dancing around nations

   Proclaiming ourselves the very best

   Nations will swim to our shores

   All to behold the wonders we are wroughting

   For now just give Nigeria food

   Before hunger deals the final blow

6.Ease the pains in the land

   Let us see you sweat that we may live

   We really don’t want a lot

   A meaningful life will make us smile

   Make Nigerians feel loved again

   Help them forget hunger & bombs

   Then we’ll scramble to understand the ‘person’ you’re calling ‘GDP’

   Then Nigerians will labour to see ‘GDP’ become really fat

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Soyombo Ayomikun tweets from @alabaster85

 

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