53 Years From Now

53 Years from Now

Nigerians want change, but they don’t want pain.

Nigerians cry for better lives, but they leave it all for fate.

“E go better, e go better”, is the age old slogan,

53 years from now, we’ll still be singing the same song.


53 years from now, frowns will still crease our brow.

53 years from now, our youths will still get slaughtered like fowl.

53 years from now, our anthem will still be “E go better.”

53 years from now, we’ll still be at the rung of the ladder.


53 years from now, our oil will probably have dried up.

53 years from now, our crops will probably have died off.

53 years from now, our treasury will probably be empty.

53 years from now, we’ll still have to live with impunity.


53 years from now, war may have ravaged our land.

53 years from now, we may have spent ourselves fighting a selfish battle.

53 years from now, we’ll be looking back wishing for what is long gone.

53 years from now, our children may grace our graves with spittle.


We have waited for a messiah for long enough.

We have sat still living life just the way it was.

Nigeria must awake from its slumber,

Or 53 years from now, there’ll be nothing left to remember.


Footnote:-The poem is dedicated to the nation called Nigeria. 53 years and still crawling. 53 years and still strung to Mama’s (the west) apron strings. 53 years and still bedevilled with wrong leaders and cowardly citizens. It is a call to Nigerians to awake and not wait for another 53 years to act.

3 thoughts on “53 Years From Now

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    I.C.O.P. Poem of the Month:- December 2013
    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( I.C.O.P. ) are pleased to announce that for December 2013 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . **** Poem of the Month..****..is…” On a Pier ” by Rahul Aithal ****…In the category of *** Highly Commended *** (Tabulated alphabetically)..are…. “An attempt failed” by Geetha Ravindran ….”Awakening” by Maaya Nair….”In your arms” by Rashmi Malapur….”lies,lies,lies” by Iulia Gherghei….”O’ My Blue” by Lata Tewari….”Poem by my Son” by Ramesh Rai….”Silent Voice” by Gopal Lahiri….”We’re just living mirrors” by Diwakar Pohkriyal….”World without words” by Shamsher Singh….”You are blessed” by Phil Martin….”Zeno,Proust,Einstein and ‘the final cut’ ” by Ampat Koshy….”53 Years from Now” by Ogunjimi James Taiwo……*The ICOP Poetry Critic (Bi-Monthly) for November/December is Ramesh Rai.*

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