Olalekan Joseph Ajayi

Rookie (October 9,1975 / Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria)

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Olalekan Joseph Ajayi discovered his talents during his days at the then Edo State University (now Ambrose Alli University) , Ekpoma, Nigeria, under the tutelage of a certain Frank Uche Mowah (1954-1998) and a host of other dedicated lecturers. In those days of military rule in Nigeria, Mowah inspired Ajayi and his peers in the Honours Class of 1997 to search their literary souls for their own ... more »

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Benin

Her ancient red soil clings to my feet
And her white chalk my lips
Her rivers flow gently
Bearing tales unknown to historians
Age-long moats remind us of warriors past
And the Bronze busts at Igun of her glory
The Igue with blazing scepters and beads
Tells of the city's splendor
Benin!
Preserver of primogeniture rights
I have dwelt long in this land
My tongue a convert
My seeds have into your ground entered
And brought forth harvests
Fit for the king's storehouse
But your statutes forbid that I be titled
Because my link is through a vagina ...

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