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"Fela Kuti" by Uche Chidozie Okorie


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Published May 1st, 2023

Fela Kuti

by Uche Chidozie Okorie
(Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria)

It is a generation
Baptized with brewed liquors from stormy bottles and cans,
Engulfed into the smoky aura of fried eggs
And scientific made chicken.

Abysmal decor of western fashion,
While they enchant back to the crazy Afro drums
From music boxes and dance leggy leggy,
They make heaven in hell with comic jokes.

Of all the gym houses and muscular build up,
The youths proudly parade around in cowardice
Righteously obedient to police baton and brutality
While the sycophants siphon the public resources.

Gone are the days when voices of men shake the foundation,
Gone are the days when Kirikiri ran away from Fela Kuti.

Kirikiri – Well-known prison yard in Nigeria.
Fela Kuti – Afro music singer, performer, and activist.

Uche Chidozie Okorie is a poet, playwright, rapper, and music producer from Abia State, Nigeria.

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This poem is included in Poetry World #6, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Africa Poetry Magazine:

by Tajudeen Muadh Akanbi

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