Bashiru Charles Bakin

The Boy Becomes A Man

The momentous moment is here
It’s welcomed with joy and merriment
But also with trepidation and anxiety for the boys to be initiated
Reacting to the call of the drums, the villagers gather
They will become men by mid-day

The Griot climbs onto the roof so he is seen and heard by everyone
Mediator between man and his destiny, between the villagers and their past
Craftsman of the spoken word

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