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Madiba is Free: Poems by Saddiq Dzukogi

Flowery Towers

Dotted through the night in my chest
Your love like fireflies teasing senses
Minna is where rude courage and crude wits
Are ignited in gunfire
Those lights up thoroughfare
Smuggles dawn at the break of dusk
And flips open flowery towers in my thought
This is where trains rush as thunder
In the seam of the iroko


Madiba is Free

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Cold hands have embraced body
The soul is no friend of cold
face slipped behind the mask of the sun
And the pendulum has lost Its rhythm to the scorch of time
Of aging
Of tears
Of losing
And of fear
Eternity seized the smile you have worn persistently
The hemlock of racial vendetta
In those full moons of nights
That gleam with bright silence
That bound you to the shackles of solitude
Mind grew flowers in the shade of shadows
And quietly learnt how its tenderness
Overcame hardness
And when they blossomed
You reached your jailers with petals
And buried in their hearts
Sweet smells of oneness
Those years behind freedom
The dungeon taught you to be free


(c) Saddiq Dzukogi

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Saddiq M. Dzukogi
Saddiq M. Dzukogi
Saddiq M. Dzukogi is an award winning poet, a rising voice in the literary circle in Nigeria. In his mid-twenties, he boasts of two poetry collections; "Images of Life" and "Canvas" (shortlisted for the 2012 ANA POETRY PRIZE). He was the maiden winner of ANA/MAZARIYYA TEEN AUTHORSHIP PRIZE for poetry back in 2007. His audacious adventure in the literary arena has enabled him to join eyes with some of the country’s and Continent’s best in the business. He’s met writers such as Gabriel Okara, Wole Soyinka, Odia Ofeinum, Remi Raji, Nadine Gordimer of South Africa among others. Saddiq had a stint with NTA Minna as a stringer and currently with the Niger State Book development Agency, where he serves as Intern and reporter/photographer/Researcher for The Impact Magazine. As a Performer Poet, he collaborated with another poet, Terfa Danjuma, in producing a CD, Minna Regalia. Saddiq is currently studying in pursuant of a Bsc. Degree in Mass Communication at the Ahmadu Bello Univeresity (A.B.U.), Zaria. Saddiq is the Chairman of the famed A.B.U. Creative Writers’ Club. He is happily married.


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