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FEAR AND WORK

A little spark of fire …can raze down a living desire …of a successful empire Put Corona in place of fire And you’ll see the problem for its worth; dire II When fear tiptoes around a working mind Mistakes take wheels and grind Which soul can sit through danger …not only of self But of […]

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THIS COVLIVING

0 Why future’s bells rang not …in warning Why a virus’ wires sparked not …for a knowing Why many a fear piled on pates after pates …to distort our fate Drive madness on killing roads …in fearful vehicles 1 We must go and we must come We must sell and care for our kids We […]

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AMUADEƐ YAREƐ

Mpanyinfoɔ bu bɛ bi sɛ …suantie ne onwam atikɔpɔ Sɛ yɛka sɛ tena fie …na w’antie a Na ɛnɛ yi yareɛ a enni aduro yi bi sɔ wo mu a …ɛnka sɛ wo fie bayie a ɛnhyɛ nkaebɔ mpaboa Na adane ne ho abrɔ saman de yareɛ abɛto wo so II Enti wonni gyidie a […]

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COVIDIOTS

They shine in whines and dine in ignorance Tying others to their risks in annoyance By throwing caution to the wind II A woman claims Jesus Christ is her protection So she’ll get no infection As she’s a soldier following in His direction But she forgets Jesus had no funeral this year And the doors […]

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WHAT I LOST

Our last point of call was the bar Which scrapped many a scar And relieved us from stress Borne out of work duress Through jokes and stories Listening to ladies’ sorries …as they tripped and balanced their heels Now the bars are closed and so have our socialization …planting depression told by even our expressions […]

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AKORKOR’S UPCOMING WEDDING

Akorkor always fantasized about her wedding Wanting it exciting Wanting it romantic Wishing it big with a cake gigantic But now Corono pushes her on her knees with need …to shrink it into a social distance party of twenty five II Coming from a big family Where her mother’s family tree in close proximity …can […]

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PRESIDENT (Corona Series, Episode 20)

How does he sleep? Is he like a servant God or in plain terms, like a worshipped and a curse? Why must he satisfy the needs of the rich, the poor, the sick, all faiths, and even animals? How can one find a central point of satisfaction for all these people with multiple identities? Bediatuo […]

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ANIMALS (Corona Series, Episode 19)

The convention of all animals in the biggest jungle of the world is taking place now. Before then, there was a ban on animal to animal hunting. All animals, including carnivores, were instructed to feed on grass. Except carcasses, which must be proven with hard evidence. So freedom has been the order of each day. […]

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VILLAGE FOLKS (Corona Series, Episode 18)

Aunt Araba throws the bundle of firewood from her head on the floor while her husband, Mr. Amofa takes his sack and cutlass to the small room, a place where they keep their farm implements. Their four daughters get to work without sitting down. One starts arranging the firewood to light, one starts peeling the […]

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RICH PEOPLE (Corona Series, Episode 17)

I clean around the hall of Mr. Patrick Menka, a third generation business tycoon, as he pours out his anger through a telephone conversation. He is in the upper class and frustrated and the non-judgmental me only worked with my senses. My ears sucking in the frustration from a world of riches unknown to mine. […]

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DEVIANCY (Corona Series, Episode 16)

This ghetto bar is where I live, where I get the means to take care of my eight children and two wives and where my hope lies. Hey, don’t judge me, my wives love themselves and support each other. I know the many people who curse me, but I also know I employ fifty two […]

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THE GREEDY MARKET WOMEN (Corona Series, Episode 15)

You always see some in high heels, walking like peacocks on cloud nine, even ten if there is such. Their nails, multi coloured painted like disco light on fake eagle talons, their deep lipsticks and fake long hair going a long way to cat call in addition to their seductive dresses, branding us dirty village […]

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THE MEDIA (Corona Series, Episode 14)

Yes, we are stars when we feature on the best and popular networks in the country or when we get lucky to have a huge following on the internet, but in reality, we are certified or recognized gossips, nation protectors, corruption whips, among others. We do have our flaws but some of us try. Our […]

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SECURITY WHIRLWIND (Corona Series, Episode 13)

We’ve been taught, we’ve been taught restraint and patience but we were also taught self care preceded them all. We’ve been taught, we’ve been taught to be smart, but the need for safety was taught before that lesson too. Everybody living through life knows how difficult it is to identify that thin line between restraint […]

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HUNGER AND NEEDS (Corona Series, Episode 12)

I’ve always earned my money transporting people and their things from Togo into Ghana. Paying duty is expensive, so wise traders sought our services to help them transport their goods into Ghana and vice versa. We knew routes to take them and got paid fairly for our services. It is thanks to those services we […]

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CONSPIRACY THEORIES (Corona Series, Episode 11)

Yie! Obo funu ɛnkɔ kwa! My aunt’s favourite Akan idiom! Her explanation: There’s no corpse in Obo whose death is justified Tawiah. If it is not a curse that killed it, then it is witchcraft, if it is not its bad deeds that killed it, then it is its disrespect, if it is not the […]

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NEWS, NEWS AND NEWS! (Corona Series, Episode 10)

Nothing hurts like clashing news but it seems that is what my continent is characterized by. I came from Toronto on 18th of March, 2020. I came through Montreal and Brussels through to Ghana. There were no proper measures in all these places to check the virus except the latter. But the outbreak of the […]

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THERE IS PRESSURE EVERYWHERE (Corona Series, Episode 9)

I know I’m an aspiring politician, but sometimes I need some consideration. I feel people in my constituency are selfish, unfeeling and inconsiderate. This is because they are using the fact that I want to be their Member of Parliament to demand things they need with their hard work and sweat. Do I blame them? […]

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IT IS SCARY (Corona Series, Episode 8)

I decided to become a nurse after I lost my grandmother many years back. I was at home with her when she suddenly held her chest, told me she could not breathe, fell, shook for a while and became still, her eyes wide open. I was a sophomore in senior high school and naive, so […]

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THE SKY IS DARK (Corona Series, Episode 7)

My father started coughing on Sunday. He was an asthmatic patient. Having returned from Belgium three days prior, we rushed him to the nearest hospital, a private hospital. They tried their best but asked us to send him to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital as his situation was critical. I had heard about the Corona […]

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WOE IS ME (Corona Series, Episode 6)

My mother keeps telling me to drink water. My father keeps telling me to sleep, my elder sister shouts on me to go watch television and leave her alone but there is thunder in my stomach. Why are they pretending not hearing? I drank more-koko three days ago, more-Koko without sugar. Father kept saying I […]

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IT IS Well? (Corona Series, Episode 5)

Pastor Manu sits like a zombie, calculating his debts. It’s been three weeks since the lock down and he wonders how he is going to feed his family for the next month. He had used all the collection to buy blocks and cement to rush the church building before the government called for a lockdown. […]

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NIGHT BUSINESS (Corona Series, Episode 4)

Joy sits in the see through kiosk, fanning herself with a dirty cloth. Mandy, Saa and Korley sit outside complaining and cursing their fate. Mɛɛ vilus hu nɛ? Ewɔɔ te wɔ baa fee tɛɛ ni wɔna niyeni? Korley asks no one in particular. The question keeps bugging her. All she has left is 78 Ghana […]

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CHOOSE SKILLS OVER GREED

See See the work you’re piling on our history See See the problems wearing troubles fast turning scary mysteries Don’t you feel a pinch when other lands celebrate victories …through the work and truth they pour into their destinies? II I know inferiority was imprinted in our thoughts But that’s the reason many have bought […]

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AT THE SHORE (Corona Series, Episode 3)

Dromo woke up at dawn, sneaked through the path behind his house and made his way to the shore. With the security services parading the area, it had been difficult for him to ease himself. Chorkor is known for its housing without toilet facilities. This is because settlers who are mainly fishermen and fishmongers think […]

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A BLESSING IN DISGUISE (Corona Series, Episode 2)

Ayoko sits at the far end of Mercy’s sofa, cross-legged, her right hand in a fist supporting her jaw, sighing. Mercy asks what is wrong with her. I’m very worried. My goods might get destroyed. You know some of these footwears can peel off when the heat becomes unbearable. They cost me so much and […]

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THIS IS THE YEAR

This is the year …the year Judas’ name takes rest …from the betrayal bench II This is the year …the year Jesus’s fame refuses to hatch sin …with religious freedom by limiting locomotional freedom III This is the year …the year death touches not the son of man …on a cross calling for loss of […]

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YOU SEE NOW?

Footmats have turned caretakers …holding canes to whip sanes into insanes …for the many years they were stepped on Forcing shouts out of self important stouts Need has flipped it …servants turned leaders …leaders turned servants It sure is very true …that money is no honey when chaos strikes II Mr. Asikumah’s doctorate now decorates […]

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HUZZLE

“News dey travel Trouble dey shovel Man must huzzle …but dem say we for sleep Wey kan sleep dey for the hungry? II When Iya Hunger no be stranger to you You know it can make person dog E fit force you to jump like mumu E fit force you to murder yua moda E […]

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THE FUN IN FEAR

Fine fellas fall flat on their faith Their forced fate flakes to fake their inflamed fumes Flaunting fanatics with fears of fiery flocks …unknown before a farm of wealth Ha to the haha! He to the he! II How many tubers are now buried in trousers? How many hands now keep to their fences of […]

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ON PRESIDENT’S ORDERS

Dear God, Beings hide in being Because a sickness has picked our body bricks …as home in its quest to destroy us Sparing few as carriers Pairing pain in others Forcing some prematurely to death’s home And caging the healthy in their homes Odomankomah …since the earth is one of your wombs Please come to […]

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ALARMISTS

High voltage …has destroyed many a gadget Too much rains …flood So stop and think before piling sensational information …on existing fears II We can understand your need to lie To help your God, to unbelievers shy But when your lie normalcy defies You’re no better than murderous flies III The world needs positivity …at […]

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THE SOLDIERS IN THIS WAR

A battle needs soldiers …soldiers to stand …to understand its tactics through the antics of its opponents …and fight for its win Corona is a battlefield …one whose soldiers hold no arms to kill …but arms of will with quills to heal II Hospitals are now battlefields Doctors and nurses …and janitors as soldiers Fighting […]

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THE WORLD WILL HEAL

I know fear now lives in every head like a ruthless master Making a cough enough to bluff the security of safety Making a sneeze freeze hearts of comfort …shattering confidence in the healthy I know just the mere mention of the two out of the three syllabic word – …coro, …makes many scamper for […]

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WOES OF AKILAKPA

Akilakpa never regarded his Ghana …while he lived in its womb He dreamt of a land with a forever mild air conditioning …where sweat is nil For he had heard the grass is green in Ghana But in that land …the land ranges from greener to greenest II He couldn’t wait to shed his Ghanaian […]

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CORONA WONDERS

Corona has corrected many a curse …curing many a con in many a country Clever Corona! II It has shown real needs as to wants …of supposed developed nations – …toilet paper on top, food below, great minds! Correct Corona! III It has taken silence bragging …from dragging borgas Stopped many planes from flying the […]

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CONFUSION ON FIRE

Desires on fire are required in these dire times …says some churches God is aboard this coroding through a virus deadly …says some churches Let’s wait until pastors depart from their godly parts …and congregation contract horrors through their cons …and birth their scorns II It is finally happening The piety clothes being ripped off […]

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PANIC

Pairing pests Preaching people Prolific press Panting plays Who dares to dress a drastic …to turn humans into panic plastics? Corona! II Washing hands Wishing hounds Wasteful haves Wincing hosts Who dares to square an honour …by keeping hands in zipped pockets …squashing handshakes? Corona! III The higher ups are breaking Touring ministers are shaking […]

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APAN DANQWAH

Kwaadu gyampantrudu na ɛfrukutu wɔ mo din ho Ama ‘mia ne bo’ …adane ‘pia n’atikɔ’ Ɛɛbɔ Kwahufoɔ hu …ɛɛma wɔn dane mo santrofie nnomaa …y’ɛkyire mo a ɛnkyire …y’ɛgyae mo a yayaaya b Mo nni nnipa ano yi Ɛnsan ni adekyeyɛ ani yi Yɛbɛyɛden anya mo nyiano? Yɛse Ebola yɛ mo bɔɔla boɔ …a mo […]