Tag: Poetry

EditorMay 25, 2020

Lai Mohammed finally joins the bandwagon of politicians punishing journalists for free speech

Want to understand just how much trouble Nigeria is in? A sitting Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has ...

Edwin OkoloDecember 8, 2018

With “Dead Lions Don’t Roar”, Tolu Akinyemi opts for relatable simplicity

Poetry can be likened to spades, whose ability to dig deep and unearth largely depends on who is handling it. ...

EditorMarch 15, 2018

#YNaijaLit: Collaborations are at the heart of Yakeeb’s ‘Numb Tantrums’

When I first discovered Yakeeb’s poetry chapbook ‘Numb Tantrums’, I was particularly moved by how it was able to capture ...

EditorFebruary 8, 2018

#YNaijaLit: Esther Edoho is channeling our collective youth on “Moonflower”

Yesterday we debuted two new poems from Esther Edoho’s fantastic new chapbook, Moonflower, a poetry collection that explores love, displacement, migration and ...

EditorFebruary 7, 2018

#YNaijaLit: Read two new poems from Esther Edoho’s debut chapbook ‘Moonflower’

As part of YNaija’s dedication to the arts and especially literature from Nigeria and the continent, we have opened our ...

Op-ed EditorDecember 4, 2017

Book Review: Valentine Ogunaka’s ‘Dreams Wake Me’ echoes Maya Angelou and W.B Yeats

by Reginald C. Ofodile Valentine Onyeka Ogunaka, the author of Dreams Wake Me, a collection comprising of both conventional poetry ...

Op-ed EditorSeptember 16, 2017

Poetry: Let us burn Nigeria down

by Soyombo Ayomikun   Let us burn Nigeria down 1. So the ethnic deceptions Can end, So we can greedily ...

Op-ed EditorSeptember 11, 2017

Poetry: Beneath the rubble

by Cyril James   Awake, you dying eagle. Awake to your long lost pride; To the tide of foreign waters. ...

Op-ed EditorAugust 30, 2017

Poetry: Obey before complain

by Adekunle Adewunmi   Evil eviscerates under the sun Common commune among men There is a virtue I know about ...

Op-ed EditorAugust 4, 2017

Oreoluwa Fakorede: This is Lagos, the capital of contrasts

by Oreoluwa Fakorede People, dreams, fleeting joys and repressed sorrows Cars owned, cars leased and cars borrowed Traffic, the runners ...

Op-ed EditorAugust 3, 2017

Poetry: The beginning of a bad joke

by Eyiamoni Apeji   This is the beginning of a terrible joke so, brace yourselves. Relax, it’s not a knock ...

Op-ed EditorJuly 14, 2017

Poetry: Where Baba?

by Soyombo Ayomikun   1.That we screamed Sai Baba Doesn’t mean we Won’t ask ‘Where Baba?’ That we ask Where ...

Rachel OgbuJune 15, 2017

Zimbabwean-British playwright, Zodwa Nyoni to release new play July 1

by Rachel Ogbu// Zimbabwean-British playwright Zodwa Nyoni has been hailed by the BBC for making her voice heard with her new play Ode ...

Op-ed EditorMay 8, 2017

Poem: Apparition

by Odimegwu Onwumere We heard he sent a letter to the Senate On January Nineteen Two Thousand and Seventeen.   ...

Op-ed EditorMay 6, 2017

Poetry: You’re in love but he beats you …RUN!!!

by Soyombo Ayomikun 1.Of Nneka I once heard Whose rich husband Always rages Like a demon let loose From hell. ...

Op-ed EditorMarch 25, 2017

Ebenezar Wikina: Poetry is boring

by Ebenezar Wikina   This is poetry This is the good old boring poetry But before you shut your eyes ...

Op-ed EditorMarch 23, 2017

Isoken Aruede: Why do we hold grudges? [NEXT]

by Isoken Aruede   Why do we hold a grudge? Perhaps you and I are ignorant In the stench of ...

Op-ed EditorFebruary 14, 2017

Ezinne Ukoha: Puncture the heart for love and serve lemonade

by Ezinne Ukoha Make the hole bigger and circle it with the evidence of ignorance that is rife for naught. ...

Op-ed EditorFebruary 14, 2017

Ore Fakorede: I Told My Mother About You [NEW VOICES]

by Ore Fakorede   I met someone. She has kind eyes and a soft heart, an easy smile and a ...

Op-ed EditorFebruary 6, 2017

Poetry: To love is to die

by Boluwatife Afolabi   To love is to die every night hoping to wake up in a dream where love is ...

Op-ed EditorJanuary 31, 2017

Eyiamoni Apeji: To all the heroes who quit too late [NEXT]

by Eyiamoni Ipeji This one goes out to the monsters who wear their pants when they sit at home. To ...

Op-ed EditorJanuary 31, 2017

Oreoluwa Fakorede: When Fathers fail [NEW VOICES]

by Oreoluwa Fakorede When your natural example is a disaster, how long before your feet find their way off the ...

Op-ed EditorJanuary 9, 2017

Simon Kolawole: Buhari’s battle with poetry and prose

by Simon Kolawole Mario Matthew Cuomo, former three-time governor of the American state of New York, was known for his ...

ToluDecember 15, 2016

Come experience music, spoken word, & more at the Common Grounds Concert

What could Spokenword and Soul Music have in common? You can ask REZthaPoet and Isaac Geralds, or you could just ...

ToluOctober 14, 2016

5 things to know about Bob Dylan, 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan for having created new poetic expressions within the ...

Op-ed EditorOctober 11, 2016

Ogunleke Emmanuel: From feet to feat [Nigerian Voices]

by Ogunleke Adekunle Emmanuel Although this story’s resolution or black out might have to be written later, I am optimistic ...

Mazi EmekaSeptember 2, 2016


by Elizabeth Edirin Enajeroh you see her in blinding white emotions explode in your chest you start to cry you ...

Adebayo EmuleomoAugust 7, 2016

POETRY: When I die, may I not die

by Adedoyin Olumodeji ERSATZ Rivers flowing with glee, Buried beneath souls, so deep, Sun shining with glee, Hidden within, hearts so ...

Adebayo EmuleomoJuly 12, 2016

Opinion: Feel free to slaughter me like a chicken

by ‘Káyọ̀dé Oyèró And Kpeti’s great household is no more, Only the broken fence stands; And those who dared not ...

Mazi EmekaMay 27, 2016


by Henry Emenike Anumudu I. On that dark and moonless night I saw them… Trample noiseless into cascades of derelict ...

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