Fight: Zemyen

Not with fire powder
Nor with fire-stick power
Let daggers be unemployed
And clubs be undeployed

Draw the battle line
Be antagonists of hate;
Heroes of fierce love
Fight not for men
Struggle not for parties,
they are means to our end

For country compatriots arise
Spear not the things that divide
and those who in blood shed delight

Wage war against backwardness
Stab corruption in the heart

Conquer hurricanes with peace
Raiment of strife, tear in pieces
Let your thumb bring the victory
Let the box bear your mind
And the triumph be for “Naija”



Emmanuel Kwapyil is a poet,  journalist,  photographer and blogger.

Some of his poems are published in a monthly Newspaper in Jos (The Light Bearer),  online, and he’s also a contributor in the 2015 edition of the Eriata Oribhabor food poetry anthology. He hopes to publish his collection of poems soon.

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