Hannah Faleti I. has spent a lifetime in Nigeria. She is currently living in the cosmopolitan city of Ibadan, north of Lagos and the Gulf of Guinea. She begins law school in March of 2018 at Obafemi Awolowo University where she hopes to become an advocate for civil rights. Her poetry and writing reflect the grand dynamics of her homeland of Nigeria. Hannah will curate a weekly series of postings from Nigeria for Introvert Press.
(A letter to Corruption)
Corruption is slowly eating up Nigeria and sadly no one is ready to put an end to it.
Here is a poem I wrote about it.
Why have you come, you ravenous beast?
You feed on our flesh, you tear our guts
We are your prey, the monster we fear
You strip us of our pride
You snatch our dignity from us
We run to those who say they hunt you
Only to know they nurse you
You have made our mothers weep all day
Our fathers bite their fingers in dismay
Your howls have come to steal our sleep
Why have you come, you ravenous demon?
You ignore the dried tears on our cheeks
You turn deaf ears to the cries of young ones
Waylaying them on the way to the future
Our blood quenches your thirst
In those eyes, we see pure evil flames
Those claws have made marks unforgotten
Long fangs bringing along nightmares
Why have you come, you ravenous destroyer?
I wish we all live to see your end
But to face you, we all abscond
Endless fear pushes us against walls
With painful heart, we have embraced you to stay