Recession [1]


In recession
a man won’t stop sleeping with his wife
a child is born and breast milk is not sold
a prostitute buys a new phone
she got the money from a man
whose wife’s soup has no meat.

In a bar
a man declares bottles of beer for his friends
he adds two plates of fresh-fish pepper soup
he slaps the buttocks of the bar girl
and curse a player in a football match
‘things are hard.’ he says at home.

Across the country
politicians send their children abroad
a wise man sees opportunities
a suicide bomber kills in the name of God
a child dies of hunger, children are displaced
and the fate of a nation looms in gloom.

– Melchizedek, son of Michael


Akomolafe Bankole Kayode is a young and aspiring writer who loves to write short stories and poetry. He won the MNS (Mynaijastories) short story competition with his story, “The first time I did it.” And his poem, “My Hanbok” was nominated for an award in the Korea-Nigeria Poetry Fiesta 2016.

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