Akinlabi Ololade – Nigeria
We keep digging from nothing
Awaiting the arrival of something
This is just the beginning of the end
Pains embraces our bones and spirit
Our hands dictated our fates via votes.
We mimed to the tune of change amidst starvation
Hoping tomorrow will be better
Hey! From their end…
They could only water our pains as it grows faster.
Do you remember that change?
Those folk tales that swallowed manifestos
Have you forgotten that change?
Camouflages in angelic attires
Our memories are in standstill
Beyond today, tomorrow is blind
Prior today, we can’t recall.
Change, in your script
Forwardness was your mission
Backwardness is what we could see in action
Greatness was your vision…
Failure crawled into your passion
Agony runs through our emotion.
Our patience is curious…
Nothing is working
We crawl, assuming we are walking.
Artist: Odei Nyamekye, Ghana
Excerpt from #2 Youth Shades