ITA ALE – Akinbode Israel

ITA ALE.
( An open night market)
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The dark night walked among bats,
Birds resting their lungs after a wonderful balladry,
The calabash drooling white wine,
Slumbering trees watched, few leaves dropped.
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Atupa, the Moon’s bosom friend,
Gossiping how the sun missed;
Two young hands baking love,
The cool breeze their fire.
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Ita ale, a night where cowries die
For the goods the sun could not hawk,
The moon returned with a smiling tray,
All was sold.
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Ita ale, our legacy,
Her leaf must never wither,
Not in this century,
Nor to come.
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*Ita ale: An open market where petty goods are sold only at night.
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*Atupa: Local lamp
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AKINBODE ISRAEL (Winner CBPC002)

UNVEILING OF THE CHRYSOLITE TEAM AND EXECUTIVES

These are the members and officials of Chrysolite Writerz Nigeria, as of 1st January, 2016.
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BAYONLE KOLAPO – graphic designer
AYOADE JESUMBO JOHN (Bros J) – writer 3
EJIRO EDWARD – writer 3
BEAUTY OBOYO – writer 3
CALEB ASSET – writer 2
STEFN SYLVESTER ANYATONWU – writer 1 / poetry tutor
PACIFIC CORLINS – writer 1
OLUWATOSIN FAITH KOLAWOLE – writer 1
AYOOLA GOODNESS OLANREWAJU – writer 1
OGUNSANYA ENITAN OLALEKAN – writer 1 / blog administrator
OKI KEHINDE JULIUS – writer 1 / media officer
MESIOYE AFFABLE JOHNSON – spoken word coordinator
TEMI ENEMIGIN – page editor
AKINBODE ISRAEL – media director
OGECHI VERONICA – vice president admin
SAMUEL AMAZING AYOADE (Blazing Pen) – president
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© Team Chrysolite 2016… ART in heART…!

2015 CHRYSOLITE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR POETRY CHALLENGE

Rules:
* All contestants must be a member in the group Chrysolite Writers m.facebook.com/groups/680437158742061?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C6479542435
* Submit two poems not more than fifteen lines each on the themes
1. Christ’s Birth
2. New Era
* Poems should be submitted to AKINBODE ISRAEL’s facebook inbox before Friday 11:59pm on Thursday 25th December, 2015

Mode of Judgement (VOTES)
* Poems shall be pair-posted daily in the group without the name of the authors,
* The poem with the highest likes wins.

To Contestants
* You can invite people to vote by tagging them but you must not tell them which poem to vote…
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CHALLENGE HOSTED BY: AKINBODE ISRAEL (Media Director)
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Winning Poem for each day shall be posted daily on the page m.facebook.com/samuelamazingayoade and on the blog chrysolite.wordpress.com.
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N.B: CHALLENGE TABLE WILL BE OUT AFTER SUBMISSION
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© 2015 CHRYSOLITE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR POETRY CHALLENGE}
Team Chrysolite… ART in heART…!

A New Nigeria

I sat on the heights of tomorow,
Legs stretched on yesterday’s stool,
Then I saw it all,
I saw it, all.

She became born again , away from claws of sin,
Her devotion was pure and righteous,
Her robe perfectly white all round,
Her pastors pastured her well.

Her west held to the north,
The north solemnized with the east,
The east could do nothing besides the south.
Four wives truly in love to a husband.

Her children educated by lettered hands,
Chalks of hardwork wrote on her slate,
Words of peace and equity,
While her one naira defeated their one dollar.

All potholes were made whole into pots
That dishes every home; low and high,
Same meal at same time,
Every one ate to the brim like the biblical five thousand.

I sat on the heights of tomorow,
Legs stretched on yesterday’s stool,
Then I saw it all,
A new nigeria.

© 2015
AKINBODE ISRAEL
winning poem (CPC-001)

Nigeria will be called Beautiful

Nigeria will be called beautiful
By people great and small,
The lowly and the highly
Will strive to be in our land.
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That little beggar that sits
With little coins to feed,
Will now have flowing waters
That ‘ll make all fields green.
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From little little potholes
To every dusty bulbs,
Will their lips sing a new song,
Once blind and now can see.
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All our leaders will lead well
Like Shepherd to his flocks,
While wolves die of hunger,
Nothing their teeth could chew.
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Nigeria ‘ll be called beautiful
By people great and small,
The lowly and the highly
Will strive to be in our land.
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© 2015
AKINBODE ISRAEL
3rd place winning poem