I don Serve Naija

I don Serve Naija

Na for orientation camp, e come clear me for eye
Sey this service thing no be beans at all.
But I standa gidigba, onto sey Baba God dey my side.
Na so I pour myself give di village school wey dem sentence me go.

When I finish university, I go back my papa house,
come dey check NYSC website everyday, so tey
Na only khaki I dey see for my dream.
E sweet me well-well when dem tell me sey na for Otondo I go serve.

I no send sey di villagers poor or dem be illiterates.
Reason am yourself: why I for dey collect allowee when I no dey work?
I don serve, under sun, under rain. I don serve Naija!
I finish my service with dance and smile,

But as I lie down ontop this bamboo for my mama hut. I dey wonder:
My labour for Naija go dey rewarded,
abi I go still dey hustle till I die?

I don serve Naija, but mek she follow serve me too.
Me, I don tire to dey hear yeye promises every four-four years,
I don serve Naija, mek she follow serve me.

©️ Oluwagbenga Ayomide Ruth
North-West Province, South Africa


Ruth love God well-well. Na this love wey don help shape everything for her life, including her writing. She be graduate of Food Science, Federal University of Technology, Akure. Currently, she dey do her Masters for Biology for North-West University, South Africa. She be good writer and her works don appear for some publications and websites. Also, Ruth like to dey read and cook with special ingredients.


Adie Lawrence

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