Wednesday, 20 April 2011

A Letter to My Nigerian Friend

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 ( In response to a wonderful poem written to me by my good Nigerian friend Tee’k Aminu)

My Oga friend hits me in Facebook chat
Tells me, “How bodi?”
I no no sabi, Abeg I no understand
Pidgin English, I would have said
“ I dey fine”
I protest to him,
“You oga brodas will take
All our Kenyan women,
Wetin dey happen?”
Upon which he says,
“Abeg, why, I no gree”
I say,
“ Your accent na,
An your oga movies
Ramsey Nouah,
Emeka Ike go be seducing
Kenyan ladies in dem films
An na, they be say Kenyan men
Be wahala, na so?”
And so we talked so many things
Lagos came to my doorstep
Tee’k Aminu, Tororot,
The God of the Rising Sun,
Bless your path
After chatting, I tell him
“Enjoy your time, my broda,
And don’t get lost”
To which funny pal
“No way!…na my town o!
no fit”
I say, “Ha ha ha!
You have killed me!”
He screams,
“ For whia! Na im u fit
Shout! ( If I killed you, you
Can’t shout)”
I laugh and respond,
“haven’t heard of
Laughing dead people na?”
He swears,
“ Dat one no before my area o!”

I want to ask him if I go marry
Rita Dominic but he has logged out.

C) Lorot Salem 2011


Andy said...

This was a lovely read. Thanks for sharing...and that image has to be the cutest sight I've seen in along time.

Salem Lorot said...

Thank you so much Andy. Was trying my hand at Nigerian Pidgin English. This poem was literally conceived of a Facebook chat. I am in love with it. That picture also impresses me.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh Salem, I loved this! Love the bro's talking their talk. Funny and very entertaining. Dont you love it when a facebook chat becomes material for a poem? Poets see poems in everything!

Brian Miller said...

haha this was a delight to read...nice way to spin the chat poetically capturing the magic of these moments...

Salem Lorot said...

@ Sherry Blue Sky, my good Friend Tee'k surprised me with a gift of a well crafted poem about our chat yesterday. I felt inclined to write him an equally beautiful one. I am in love with Pidgin English. It has some allure. Mmmmh, the life of a poet!

@ Brian Miller, thank you. I had to capture that moment through this piece and O my, I just love this poem. A beg a beg.

M. D. Jordan said...

Brilliant poem and use of Pidgin English in such. Well thought out and flows really good from one line to the next.

Jannie Funster said...

You are a fun writer. And I could totally hear the accent and jive to the cadence within, broda! :)

Salem Lorot said...

@ M.D. Jordan, welcome to Lorot's Poetry. Thank you for visiting. I am exploring it through my friend, Tee'k. Would pitch my tent in your blog. :)

@ Jannie Funster, that makes two of us because your name Funster, even if you might deny it, tells us you are also one. This Nigerian accent-oooo, it kills me ooooo. Thank you for visiting my broda. We have jollof rice for visitors. Others eat kola nuts only.

Promising Poets Parking Lot said...


Salem Lorot said...

@ Promising Poets Parking Lot, thank you so much. :)

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