Very few people stand for what they believe in until death. Gani is one of those 'very few' who did. His life has been distinguishable and humanitarian in his desire to liberate the Nigerian masses from the clutches of power-demons who keep undermining the socio-economic power of Nigeria and its people.
To celebrate this man who gave a voice to the voiceless and taught the modest, boldness. In celebration of his life and what he stood for--bringing hope to the lives of many Nigerians through his words and actions, join me in celebration with a-poem-a-day-for-Gani, for seven days. I believe that someday, the voice of the masses shall truly be heard.
DAY 1 Now as you take a space in Space Watching Us and Them Hopeful that things will turn right We Lose our words, We Mind your voice We stay, we watch, we hope That this absence hovering Will bring us wisdom.
We Do not know what to feel For this sense of loss Be-- Littles What you stood for
You who Travelled ac____cross Borders To sit justice On the minds of despots Who on a spot breathe rot
Now that my words should speak your worth I do not find one that's right The taste of your awe perplexes The words that should hail you Who travelled into conscience Borders Dousing the will of arsonists Before they will He-raze our will.
Dear Friends, You may read more of my poems, recently uploaded on Other Voices via this link.
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Also, here's a brief report on the Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia, which I recently took part in. It was published in today's Guardian
“Jumoke Verissimo’s poetic voice is imbued with a consciousness of African history and an awareness of the socio-economic realities of modern Nigeria with its legacy of colonial plunder, its pathetic attempts at self-governance and the brutality of its military dictatorships. she balances the despair she sees all around her with a degree of stubborn hope and an enchanting lyricism which echoes the style of oral African poetry.” - Funso Aiyejina (Critic, Poet and Professor of Comparative Literature)