Childhood

before the glorious return

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there we perched at the heels of the rock, as we watched the dramatic retreat of the sun.   with trembling limbs crying guts and misty balls, in silence, we prayed.   caught between wala’s fall and nosi’s rebound, we saw nothing save the glimpse of our glorious return. Mohammed Yusuf-Unyomo is a Nigerian poet, […]

Boy in a Gèlè

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The mythology goes – my father’s unruliness earned him a place at the Ransome Kuti School: Straight into that institution, don’t pass go, don’t collect N200, he went. Abeokuta Grammar School was known for the severe corporal punishments and beatings administered to pupils. Fela Anikulapo Kuti, world-renowned Afrobeat pioneer, once wistfully reminisced on the memorable […]