It is no news that Nigeria just celebrated her 60th year of independence and her citizens are in wonder at how poor the state of the nation has been ever since.
Ms. Aso- Nwankwo Deborah has penned down a bit of how she feels in this piece:
HER CHANT AT 60
My heart bleeds
My soul weeps
Yet the people leap
And this revolves in the calamity
That has befallen
Oh! Citizens what is your Identity?
You who can’t stand Diversity
Or even enter the stage of Tranquility
How then will there be Equality?
Oh! How the mighty has fallen
Departed souls still sighing
Youthful heroes still wailing
Here we are awaiting the unfolding of this so called Reformism
A shelter echoing peace and unity
With hostility and blood
Its walls have been decorated
This is so disheartening
To watch this captivity
In my Nationality
Where there’s no Equability
Behold her laments
Due to much blood spilled
See us beholding History physically
Yet we can’t comprehend
Oh! What a black Tuesday.
Is this the Nigeria of our heroes sweat?
I engross in pain
The freedom of Zik’s adventure?
The land of Yar’adua’s velleity?
The struggle of Awolowo’s fist?
Is this the Great Giant of Africa?
Who would follow our Emulation?
Who then would be our Voice?
If the future leaders are massacred
No more freedom of speech
Those who spoke out met their youthful dismise
If they’re all gone
Who would fight for peace?
Who then would tell posterity the story?
Oh! How profusely my heart bleeds
Aye! Her chant at 60
Written in a dirge
Her voice could be heard from afar
Calling for Her youthful heroes
Who would tell Achebe the sun has departed from Chiolu?
But the question still remains
Who would appease their souls?
Aso-Nwankwo Deborah is a native of Ukwa East in Abia state and an undergraduate of the University of Nigeria,Nsukka. She is a writer and a motivational speaker.
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