#68. Floetry by JulietKego: If I Die Again… (Destination: France and not Baga)!


I AM BAGA - Floetry by JulietKego

Two, Two hundred or Two thousand?
We debate numbers, carelessly offhand.
In an orgy of violence, in this desolate land,
while children are slaughtered like salah rams

In numbers to rival Bar beach grains of sand
and the zoo masters feed off goats and yams
So if I must die, and die, one day I must
I fear not, either a svelte bomb or a crude dagger

I ask for this one wish; honour my plea in trust
Let me die in far away Paris, not here in Baga
Here sons, now enemies; Boko Haramites
multiply like an army of fornicating termites

Take me there, far, far away from here.
For here, many the toga of terrorists bear
it is becoming so very hazy for me to really tell
between Dasukis and his many master-devils

A case of who is evil and who is purely evil?
All parties sullied, to darkness their souls did sell
Here, they piss, shit and spit on my grave
In this town I am ignored, cruelly scorned

Take me to France, lay me under Eiffel’s cave
Where I shall be honoured and mourned
by one million souls who’ll remember my face
CNN will call my name from sea to sea

Even old Fox will fold me in her cold embrace
while Dokpesi and NTA air Liverpool-Chelsea
matches and owambes; political parties’ campaign
And drink of my blood mixed with fine champagne

And on my grave they gladly, gleefully dance
Hapless, to deaf ears may I not plaintively cry
for between cowardice and cluelessness, I die
If I die, do not bury me in baga,
take me far, far away from Naija….

© Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido (All rights reserved).

Random Musings #1: “Let’s Light 59 Candles to honour Love, Light and Life”

CandlesLet us light candles of Hope, Peace, Light, Healing, Forgiveness and Love for the 59 students who were slaughtered in Northern Nigeria on February 25, 2014 (exactly one year ago).
“Men suspected to be members of the Islamic Sect, Boko Haram, today Tuesday Feb 25th launched an attack on students of the Federal Government College Buni-Yadi, Yobe state, Northern Nigeria, killing 59 students (or more)…” ~Hausa Service BBC reports, Feb 25, 2014

The attacks on FGGC Buni-Yadi hit home for me and it hit hard! It was a wakeup call that in different ways, we are all victims of Boko Haram’s horrific onslaught on innocent citizens. In more innocent and peaceful times, I was one of many young students who also attended a Federal Government College, (a group of Unity schools founded by the Federal Government of Nigeria, with a clear vision to provide world-class education based on the pillars of national unity, exemplary leadership and academic excellence).

The attack on Federal Government College Buni-Yadi, is both sadly ironic and symbolic! Boko Haram has become a cancerous sore, eating away at our sense of unity and has also fuelled our poor choices of mediocrity over meritocracy. In the end, it does not matter to me whether a christian or muslim life was lost, what matters is that INNOCENT lives were lost and perhaps somewhere in Nigeria, 59 mothers, women just like me, will weep today as they remember beloved, promising and wonderful sons they lost to a senseless orgy of violence. #AllLivesMatter OZOEMENA! May their souls rest in perfect peace, Amen

Love, Light & Truth!

Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido

Co-Founder, Whole Woman Network