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BONWIRE

We are the brilliants We are the spiders We are the brilliant spiders who take nothing for granted Our meticulousness brought about the beautiful kente “Ahenfo ntaade, Amamafo anuonyam, Ahuↄfԑfo ahokade, Ye si yԑn bo ka no pein! Aaane, yԑ nyansaa sene Kwaku Ananse” And so we are proud Ɔnyunu akԑntԑn Ɔnyunu anyansafo nkatasoↄ Yԑ […]

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SHARING LOTS OF LOVE.

Showers of love, Myriads of favour That pushes the storm, Lilies of the garden Smiling and bounded together Comes unaccompanied To greet your smiles. Honour and dignity, Light on shadow sources, Bright covering darkness, Success knocking defeat, Faith knocking shivers, No latters battling formers, Like night battling the days. Grow eagle wings Fly to your […]

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THE DREAM OF WHITE ROBES

I had a dream A very scary dream Where everyone wore clothes that made them white And I wore a dim colour making me dark, noticed but not properly seen As soon as I entered, there was silence As they all struggled to see the dark intruder I yearned for the white robe I hoped […]

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AN EXCERPT FROM ONE OF MY YET TO BE PUBLISHED NOVELS “CRUISING THROUGH THE GATES OF HELL”

As young as I was, I knew everything would change when we reached Accra. I knew not what to expect when the vehicle was speeding through the muddy road from the village called Israel, where I stayed for some months with my mother and the man I knew then as my father. So I stayed […]

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RURAL TIMES

Long ago In plural In areas rural When the most revered art was the mural When nature’s abundance helped us play with the squirrel When things of appeal have not gotten to our neural We lived without peril For love emanated from the visceral And we were thankful to be in the land of the […]

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AFRICAN HOSPITALITY NOT AFRICAN ABUSE!

It is a well-known fact that Africans are hospitable; though there can be few who fall short of this trait because of unpleasant experiences or by choice. We show our hospitality to people we meet even for the first time by helping them with whatever they need. We are so hospitable that we can even […]

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SAME SCULPTOR, SAME POTS, DIFFERENT COLOUR

POTS OF POTS There is the white pot There is the red pot There is the black pot But based on the value placed on each They can be same The same clay makes the different pots Why the preference? The same force can break them all Why the preference? Why must the black pot […]

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A MORNING RHYME

We rise   To the birds happy cries   We pray   That you make us have a happy day   Old man above   You know we appreciate your love.

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DENTED SOULS

Innocence and purity Extended hands, role models seeking The fresh snow look- alike hearts that are unsuspecting Welcome all without a thought as to the existence of bad So what was their crime? Should they be charged for being too trusting? Should their creator be charged for giving them clean slates of trust?   Grown […]

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JUST REALISING THE GHANAIAN “TROTRO” IS A LIFE SAVER.

“Tro” I was told meant “a pesewa” the least currency of Ghana in times past in the Akan parlance when I was very young.  I grew up knowing that the local buses that run short distances are the “trotros” named after the pesewa which was the fare then. With growing need to make silly local […]

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HAPPY KIDS

Hop and I hop Jump and I jump We love to play We love to play Say hey; Hey! Say yay; Yay! It’s a lovely day It’s a lovely day So come mama let’s play Come papa let’s play No nay!     Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia 2014.

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CLASSIFIED HUMANS; THIS GHANA WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE

Look at me Look through me like a mirror And see yourself. Look at me Look deep within yourself and see me Yԑn kↄԑ! Hunu me sԑ nnipa na me yԑ wo nua Aaane, me yԑ wo sista, sista, sista, sista, sista Biibi na ԑdane yԑ ntira Anka mԑtumi ayԑ wo broda, broda, brada, brada […]

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GHANAIANS HAPPY OR FOOLED?

I remember the election days like yesterday but it has been a little over a year now. I remember when people in Ghana turned against each other in their quest to defend their preferred candidates and make them have their mandates at all cost.  I remember news of husbands fighting wives over who was suitable leading to multiple […]

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MEN WOMEN WITH WINGS SHOULD NEVER GO IN FOR LET ALONE MARRY.

Men women with wings should never go in for: Married men; I don’t need to say much. Extremely jealous men; they’ll embarrass you in places you can never imagine. Men who want you to foot bills during outings, they may never be responsible towards their children. Men who talk nonstop, they’ll never listen to reason. […]

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DEAD BEAT, NIGHT IN THOUGHTS.

Here I lay in the pitch dark night Counting the ceiling Faced squarely with fear, with shivers being a feeling Here I lay Wrapped around the fingers of darkness Worries chasing each other in the thoughts of madness with fierceness Mocked death poking with determination in the heart of blackness Countless sins poking their noses, […]

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TEARS FROM A SERVANT

I know I am obsequious. No, I pretend to be obsequious That does not mean that I am not susceptible to inhuman treatments Yes, I have to be obsequious In order to feed But that does not make me less of a human seed For I have the feelings Yes, the feelings you have To be venerated I have the feelings To all unfair treatments […]

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THE CHILD OF PAIN

Hunger shouts on her and she shivers Wherever she looks she only sees rivers  That disagree to take a trip through her very dried throat Her wobbly legs carry her as though she is on an air float If only there could be some givers Who will give her a boat To cross this river […]

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THE STRANGE MOTIVE

What will I do conscience free? I am the strange omnivore that is always on a hunting spree No wonder some claim that my very existence sin decrees I seize air, strangle and suck him, only to throw the invalid on the grateful plants I bribe water to let me live by blindfolding her through […]

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THE PUZZLE IS IN THE WORDING

She walks barefooted With no clothes but is deep rooted Her dark complexion shinning even without sunlight, never having freckles Her breasts have fallen from the many that have suckled She has no cash But has wealth that she is not ready to spend in a rush She has suffered through hunger, deprivation, sicknesses and […]

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CHOOSING MY FRUITION

I don’t want a beautiful artificial nose. After expiration, the underneathers will make it a hose For transporting their goods amidst blows, And eventually turn it into food for those Who can only live underneath and not close.     I don’t want alluring fake breasts. After expiration, the underneathers will rudely massage and on […]

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INEQUALITY?

In the animal kingdom There are the smaller versions of the bigger Defying the rule of equality. In the land of the alphabets There are the upper cases And the lower cases Defying the norm of respect for all. In the earth’s hydrosphere there are the oceans; Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, Artic Oceans In their […]

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PRIMELY THOUGHTS

I am in my prime That is not a crime The notion that is so slime As to mime And at the same time chime About my preferences without being given a dime And wasting your time You must wipe clean as the smell of the armpit is done with lime   I can immerse […]

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EXPENSIVE MAIMY-COMPANIONS

Bright engines taken to the field Of perpetual doom, Workable engines being stilled With fiery dangerous gloomy Sticks of aimy-kill, How can a master be so negligent As to send his better half to a field Of perpetual doom With his hard earned money mill? How can a bright engine mill Be left in a […]

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BRIDE PRICE; WORTHY OR DEFECTIVE?

I seriously do not have a clue as to what grooms buy when they are getting married. Do they pay for washer women or cooks? I have thought about this for a long time and I’ve come to the conclusion that marriages in Africa can never give voices to women. If I am to pay […]

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BREATH OF LOVE AND THORNS

Frustration, hate, questions Tears, reminiscence, loss, grief? Why? Because the beckoner of the beckoned, The player of the played, The flame of the fire, The manipulator of breaths and The raw eater of the flesh Played, flamed, manipulated and ate The sire of company and happiness? The sender of the sender Who sends breathless humans […]

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CONVENTION OF WORDS

They were in a convention, All words were in a convention I stood and watched to see if I could some information fetch Then I realized they were in search, In search of a leader, a leader to rule All the words went bazaar Me insisted the leadership must be his title No shouted that he fits the mantle Yes claimed positivity exudes […]

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TEARS FROM WITHIN

She pants and frets, Investigates his authenticity and gets Nervous, sees a little bad air hovering and runs like a scared little pet She settles in her cocoon of darkness, ignoring the many bets On her, then tries to forget  But the scorned man calls her a man eater A man eater who is not a good beater A man eater […]

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A TRIBUTE TO MADIBA

When there was the struggle And many stayed away from the trouble You stood and was thrown in the can For not being to injustice, a fan. Yes, in the can, From where many a-nothings run, You stood tall And took the fall Rising from beneath the dirt and heeding to the call Of change How strange! That you changed the nature of all the addictive […]

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BOTTLED UP

Dark shadows! Painy-moany soul! Cracky heart of pain and sorrow Fermented with thousands of years of dope. Walking corpse! Unyielding strife! Honey and love are but a wish.   Cloudy doom! Unbearable boom! Bottled flower of never bloom! Yielding bride without a groom. Serpents tongues of goody sweepy broom, Grovel on the moon   Cry […]

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GHANAIAN? PLEASE GIVE ME A MOMENT.

Have we ever wondered how the Ghanaian environment will be without the spirit of throwing dirt indiscriminately around? Have we ever wondered how beautiful our motherland will be without shameless mouths which spit at will? Have we ever thought of the good air we will breathe if we stopped defecating and choking gutters with polythene […]

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LET IT BE MINE; THE CHOICES.

Let me Let me breathe No matter what aims to travel into me Let me Let me breathe For this breathe is priceless but free Let me Let me breathe ‘Cos the era is straining Even part of the nose of the earth is being sealed Suffocating the poor carrier of existence Who tolerates the […]

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DEATH TO COURT

Fire of kismet Mountable wall of no return Icy hands that freeze to defrost unwanted Barrier to the barriers of top Beggar of many’s hate Teeth like metals that do not tire chewing Throat as hollow as the vastest ocean Swallowing the worlds’ treasures without clemency Happy man eater Courageous breath burglar Appear! Appear in […]

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LET’S GET NAKED

I want to be nude, I want to be stark raving naked with you. I want our faces to show, I want us to show our faces to the whole flora and fauna Without expensive masks of discomfort. I don’t want us to hide behind un-figurable countenance While we scream to hide torturous voodoos of […]

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BLACKIES AND BROWNIES’ COUP

Come together ye black velvets Come together all ye brownies of saints And stage a coup;  A coup of freedom of thoughts and behaviours of hate Equip yourselves with powerful guns; Guns loaded with convincing word bullets Learn to be perfect Be perfect for the shooting ahead Learn to fight, fight for the extinction of […]

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HIDIOUS TASKS WRAPPED IN MOCK AFFLUENCE

There is a gathering A happy gathering of mockers A happy gathering of the affluent Under the bright moon with the soft flattering air. In their midst is a borne fire Covered with wires holding hands and embracing the heat. On this struggling wire lies the meat praying to be free of pain. The meat […]

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THE AFRICAN TOO RIGHTEOUS?

There are questions I really ask myself when I see and hear certain things about my continent. Things like horrible cultural practices, poor sanitation, lack of security, corrupt leaders, lackadaisical government workers, internet fraudsters but to mention a few. The questions are:     Why are we not there yet? I mean at the top, […]

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CAN AFRI? QUESTIONS OF A TODDLER

Must we aim to please others but not ourselves? Must we aim for the meat without hunting for games? Must our skin reflect our thoughts? Dark is doom, is that it? Are the naturals we see turning our environment into a jungle? Yes, imitation has landed some of ours in the back But what happened […]

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PLAYFUL POEM FOR MY MANY CHILDREN

Pan, pan pan pan The dogs are barking The cats are mewing The lions are roaring And we are playing Pan pan pan pan Panana pan pan pan   Na na na naaaa Go ahead and fall Our mummies will not call They’ve gone to the mall To fill their precious stalls Na na nana […]

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Shed The Worry

If you woke up today thinking “what a mess my life is in” please take a deep breath and relax. At least you are alive, you can read this, you can understand. I tell you that there are many people who can’t read this and will give anything to be in your shoes today, even […]

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When Will We ‘Arrive’ Africa!

Most of us make many noises about not being treated fairly; I know I am part of those noise makers. Most of us claim our society is not conducive for living. We claim the streams’ water kill faster than malaria; and I know that is what fed our grandparents but some lived to over 100 years. […]