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“The Rainbow”

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Our people say

            When the Rain falls,

It pours not on Emeka’s roof alone

But

Even the patches of soft weed in Dolapo’s yard

Are bathed and they retain a tell-tale glitter;

The walls that shield Adamu from the interchanging

Waves of heat and biting cold also wear the mud stains

 

When the Sun shines

The Iroko may receive it first

But the gentle blade of grass also gets its share

 

The Rose is beauty that greets the eye

But do the petals of the Rose all look alike?

Have you not always “ahhhh-ed” and “ooooo-ed”

At the sight of a garden made even more beautiful

With the halo of colours

And their sweet smells…

 

Yes, this is also why our people say

Okra soup is sweet

But the tongue is happier when it also knows the taste of

“Ewedu”, “Egusi”, “Ogbono”, “Afang”, “Banga”…

 

Indeed,

Together,

We

Are

Richer in diversity…

 

– Patrick Akhidenor.

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