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OBÌNRIN TÓÚN WÁ AHỌ́N RẸ̀ (LẸ́YÌN AMIRAH AL WASSIF)
(Yoruba Language)

Wọ́n sọpé ilé ìdáná làyè rẹ́ wà
Níbití wọ́n ti má n gbọ́ òórùn adìye díndín
Wọ́n sọpé ohùn re kọ̀gbodọ̀ jágara
Àyábẹ̀ wọn ápèẹ́ lẹ́ni tó gbéraga
Wọ́n tàn ọ́, wọ́n de enùrẹ níyẹ̀wù wọn
Níbití wọ́n ti fi ipá bá ẹ lájọsepọ̀
Lobádi obìnrin tóún wá ahọ́n rẹ̀
Kí omádi orin tódùn sùgbọ́n tíwọn kò kọ





A WOMAN LOOKING FOR A TONGUE (AFTER READING AMIRAH AL WASSIF)
(English Translation)

They said your place belongs to the kitchen
Where they hear only sound of frying chicken.
They said your voice shouldn’t be loud
Lest they label you as being proud.
They trap and tape you in their custody
Where they force their ways into your body.
You become a woman looking for a tongue
So you won’t turn to luscious lyrics unsung.





Akinrinade Funminiyi with the pseudonym Esv_Keks is a Nigerian writer who writes from Lagos State. He has written many published and unpublished works. His works have featured in various magazines and anthologies, among which are: Writers Space Africa Monthly Magazine, Speaking Pen International Quarterly Magazine, BPPC, and Scion Magazine. He is a graduate of Estate Management department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. When he’s not reading and writing, he enjoys driving, teaching, and networking with people.

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