Every day break gives a new dawn
So far it’s been dawn without a difference
At each dawn I awake with great expectations
I look through the windows of Nigeria
Hoping that the headlines will change
And that our headlights will be brightened
So that we can at least have a spotlight if not limelight.

I’m an African – a Nigerian
I have tried so hard to prove this
But my opinion will not count
Maybe, because I am of the minority
There are over 370 tribes in Nigeria
But only 3 are major

I can’t go to school or at least choose my fate
Maybe, because I wasn’t born a male child
So I have to sit at home with my mother
And learn how to be a good house wife
While my counterparts are exceptional
My tradition forbids me to compete with the men.

Because I’m physically fashioned differently
You drew a margin to separate me from your world
You claim able and call me disabled
You look down on me with disgust and shame
Yet you claim God created all things
But you don’t believe what you preach

Who is responsible for what we become
The leaders of our various religious institutions
Or the customs and traditions of our ancestors
For if our God is a God of peace and love
How come you ask me to kill in His name
Any man who doesn’t serve your God

Nigeria my country
I don’t know if you’re my mother land or father land
It’s become so confusing to understand the laws of the land
Because the laws is very careful with whom it is applied

Though our constitution says no-one is above the law
But where money and power resides there is no law

I have heard of nepotism and favoritism
They are siblings of the same region
And they dwell in every public establishment
That’s why I have to remain unemployed
Except I’m willing to pay the price to get a job
Else I have to journey down to my LGA to fight for one

I’m a patriotic citizens,
I wear my country has fragrance
And I rub it soil as lotion for my skin
But everyone watches their door at my sight
Maybe, because I’m black and they are white

Does that make me less human?

I leave you with this thought by Maya Angelou from her book, Letter to My Daughter

“Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ Have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don’t want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you.”

I say Yes to Zero Discrimination, and No to Discrimination. Don’t just say it today, mean it.


This poetry was written by Giftedminds Writers Firm for The Nigerian Workforce Strategy and Enlightenment Center on the 1st of March 2019 to mark the Zero Discrimination Day.

Writing and Spoken Words by: Victor Eshameh