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A Trip to Vengeful Bliss – In Loving Memory of Kofi Awoonor

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A noonday touchdown
A drive to Maiduguri
On the wings of pyrrhic victory
Veiled away –Uhuru
She could not have led ‘em
Yet again she could
From sweet vengeful factories
To hell on earth indeed
A fiendish blot out
Of cold and heat
Removed from buried hatchet
From grunts and bleats
In the blazing desert deceit
Mirages of marauding misogynists
On the road to Ethiopia
Carousing the blood of passers-by
Enroute the Temple of Vengeful Bliss

What trail left she
What undying hate and misery
As far as East is from West
Staining with fear our consciences
Reliving bloodguilt before our eyes
Towers, Twins, Planes and Prosodies
As far as West is from East
Deafening with blasts our consciousnesses
Debasing the need for our ears
Tubes, Trains, Shopping mall melodies
Songs of freedom not of sorrow
To the departed via the west gate

No more loss
No more fear
All released
Numbed from tears
A poet dismissed
A sage remembered
Repealed not by tragedy
Cessation to your rhapsodies

Damn hell’s raging fury
Damn that woman scorned
Damn their hopeless convictions
Damn them all.


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Nehikhare Omotayo Igbinijesu is an Economist, Poet, and Social Entrepreneur. 'He is the author of The Code: A Simple Story About Raising Great Women' and 'Marriage: 12 Questions You Need To Ask Before You Say, “I Do”'. He lives in Lagos with his wife, Akudo and two sons. He is Co-founder of, a motivational resources company based in Lagos. You can email him via nehijesu [at]

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