Ajegunle

Published July 22, 2012 by Words

Despised

Reviled

Rejected

Object of cruel mockery.

Before I was conceived, I heard of you,

Dumps for homeless migrants,

Debased and inferior.

Was beauty ever part of you?

This throng,

That daily treads your well worn streets,

Whither?

Your brackish waters,

Home to unseen enemies,

Children splash uncaring,

Your market is a meeting place,

Young and old,

Rich and poor

Your wares to behold

Ajegunle,  the harsh teacher

Survival skills your forte,

Sharpening and shaping lives by your creeds

Ajegunle,

The enemy of state love,

A point to prove,

Creativity crams herself into your nooks and crannies,

The envy of rich Ikoyi

Ajegunle,

You must visit with vigilance,

Day or night

Hunters abound,

Roving eyes,

Seeking purse to prey upon

Their kills dissected in the crevices of Ajegunle

Where the oppressed oppress another

Atavism is a regular guest at Ajegunle

Where order is almost a crime,

Disorder the norm,

Ajegunle,

Kingdom of numerous kings

A reflection of ourselves

Poverty amidst riches,

Want amidst plenty,

Ajegunle,

Despised

Reviled

Rejected

 

Ajegunle is a Popular slum in Lagos

A poem by Macaulay Akinbami,

Editted By Emeka Akpe

 

 

 

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