Igbo Cheta
although the freedom sought and fought for is yet to be gained,
they fought so you could be here today,

igbo cheta

they laid down their lives
and exposed the ‘one nigeria’ lies
so you could have a harmonized voice
and kinsmen to back you up
whenever the enemy remind you
of how much they loath your igboness

igbo cheta

they were stripped of possessions
made paupers in their own land
systematically dissected with malicious geopolitical zones
and made minority of a majority

igbo cheta

the war was not just a battle
to keep knit the worn out fabric
of a failed contraception;
it was a pogrom
a calculated act of genocide
carried out against the Igbo nation

igbo cheta

before you join the mad throng
to hail another tyrant king
remember those who died so you could live

and while we call on chukwu okike abiama
and pray ‘ozo emena’,
chetakwa you’re biafra,
never nigerian


30, a collection of poems by Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-In-Chief of Poemify Publishers Inc. Jaachị is passionate about discovering new voices and mentoring emerging poets. He is also a fierce advocate for the boy child and sexually molested.

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