ISSUE 4: SUMMER 2016 / POETRY / SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

“Chain” by Temitope Ogunsina (Nigeria)

He dwells in an apartheid society
Apartheid policy enslave him
And denied him a place in school
As Oswald Mbuyiseni
Always wears tattered clothes as less-privileged all time
As boy on a swing
Hopeless and worries are his friend
As black child under the defunct South Africa apartheid
His parents are forced into exile
Happiness is distance away as miles to him
His limitations in society always call out tears out of his eyes
One morning he dream of change
So he began to find ways to make a change
But no opportunities open
One day opportunity speaks
He flies out of the society
To a painless society
He made it and back to his society
And become anti-apartheid
And break the chain of apartheid in his society hands
As Nelson Mandela
Be the change you wish to see
As Ghandi mahatma…


Temitope Ogunsina AKA topid da poet is a performing poet and journalist from Oyo State, in Oyo town Nigeria. His performance and poetry address many societal issues,and have been received both locally and internationally. His poetry has been featured in a number of anthologies including Stolen Flowers (2015), Reclaiming our voices (2015), Poetry Society India anthology (2015), Muse For World Peace (2015), Outrage: A protest anthology for injustice in a Post 9/11 World (2015) which was a multilingual; English, French, Italian, Swahili etc. and in Maganda magazine: Critical Mass (2015) which was a student-run academic publication based at University of California Berkeley.

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