Every 1st of October , Nigerians celebrate freedom,

We remember, recall the day we were set free.

Set free?

Were we not born equal to all, were we not born free?


And through the millennia, we have been chasing the elusive promise of freedom.

But we are not yet free,

Not when difference can still result in death in Maiduguri or Maroko

We are not yet free,

Not when difference determines our destiny

We are not yet free

Not till the works of our hands can bless our lands

We are not yet free,

Not till our bodies and minds and spirits are free

Men and women, free from all sorrow, from all of pain.


We are not yet free

Not till our voices are free, not till our voices are heard equally,

We are not free

Not till our minds and visions and dreams are free

We are not free

Not till we see the face of justice,

We are not free

Not when the land confines us,

Not when we are imprisoned by false borders

Not when we are chained by the scripts that aim to define us.

Not till tomorrow is certain.



So this is not yet home

This is not the promised land,

This is not yet uhuru,

We cannot yet sing liberdade

We have not yet tasted ominira

Our journey is not yet at an end,

Our destination is still ahead.

We may be on the mountaintop, but paradise lies beyond the horizon,

Here on the mountaintop, paradise is in sight, paradise is within reach.


Liberty belongs to those brave enough to take it,

Salvation belongs to those with enough faith to believe it,

Peace is for those with hearts big enough to wear it

Freedom belongs to those wise enough to understand it.

And then we will be free.

Then we will be free.

But not yet.




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African woman, lawyer, teacher, poet and researcher. Singer of songs, writer of words, very occasional dancer of dances. I seek new ways of interpreting the African experience within our consciousness to challenge static ideology.

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