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By Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom

 

I
Oja ale,
The sun gradually leaves the scene
to get some rest in a faraway abode,
for us to creep out of our slums
to trade pettiness by the roadside.

Our voice, like the buzzing of the bee,
defies the defiant silence of the night
sweetening the ears of passers-by
whose weary feet halt at our stands.

Atupa, our constant companion,
illuminates our trades with fortune
drawing the attention of sojourners
to the good that lies in our goods.

II
Oja ale,
an egalitarian eager to meet the demands of all,
a practical democrat fair and just to all,
a socialist loathed by bloated capitalists,
an illegally legal arm of commerce.

Oja ale,
a necessity necessitated by
the nagging needs of the masses;
an ageless, formless and ‘homeless’ structure
withstanding the winds of modernism.

 

*Oja ale – night market
*atupa – local lamp

 

Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom was born in the early ’90s in Osogbo, the
capital of Osun State, Nigeria. As a child, Kolade fell in love with
African literature. This inspired his passion for creative writing.
His literary works have appeared in such diverse publications as
global charity anthologies, magazines, websites and blogs. In 2013
Freedom was selected as a Pentasi B. World Featured Inspirational
Poet, an international honor based in the Philippines. He is also the
winner of the first edition of UK’s Write, Share, Be Read Poetry
Competition-Category A as well as an awardee of the Janet P.
Caldwell’s Essay Contest, underwritten by Inner Child Press (USA).
Kolade has authored two poetry collections, The Light Bearer and
Punctured Silence. He currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria where he
weaves words to educate and entertain his readers.

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