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I Did the Dummy of ThisDay: A Poem by Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

I Did the Dummy of ThisDay
(For Nduka Obaigbena at 50)

I did the dummy of ThisDay,
A copy turned cradle,
A deed of second service
For a swashbuckling vendor of visions
Who envisioned a mush of colour
To massage posh leaders
And the cognate company
They keep with corporate ego.

For a song the poet delivers
An image of root and gravity,
Armed with the story
Of a leader with the common touch
To gather latent talent
At the crossroads of ascent
Before the maze of revelation
Of sucklings as ancestors.

– (c) Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu
Uzor Maxim Uzoatu
Uzor Maxim Uzoatu is the author of God of Poetry, Satan's Story, A Play of Ghosts and The Missing Link. A 2008 Caine Prize for African Writing nominee, he wrote the text for Scottish photographer Owen Logan's caricature of Michael Jackson's visit to Nigeria entitled Masquerade. He lives in Lagos and is married with children.


  1. The God of Poetry, i hail thee with the ‘dummy’ you have done for ThisDay’ in verse! We all celebrate with Nduka Obaigbena @ 50 and ThisDay! For a man who dines with ‘posh’ leaders like Bill Clinton, you could perhaps rightly describe him as ‘swashbuckling’. But i hope your majesty’s wit with words has not played a dummy on me on this day because ‘massage’ in the first stanza arouses a feeling of sarcasm when juxtaposed with the overall eulogy in the poem! Senator Ihenyen is the author of Colourless Rainbow: Poetry of My Childhood (forthcoming, Coast2Coast).

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