African Poems

Niyi Osudare (Not My Business)

They picked Akanni up one morning
Beat him soft like clay
And stuffed him down the belly
Of a waiting jeep.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

They came one night
Booted the whole house awake
And dragged Danladi out,
Then off to a lengthy absence.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

Chinwe went to work one day
Only to find her job was gone:
No query, no warning, no probe -
Just one neat sack for a stainless record.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

And then one evening
As I sat down to eat my yam
A knock on the door froze my hungry hand.

The jeep was waiting on my bewildered lawn
Waiting, waiting in its usual silence.

Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Poem Edited: Monday, October 28, 2013

Add this poem to MyPoemList
3,9 out of 5
4 total ratings
rate this poem

Comments about Niyi Osudare (Not My Business) by African Poems

  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (6/4/2020 6:04:00 PM)

    When you speak out/fight for others, you same time protect yourself before the trouble gets to you. Beautiful poem

    Report Reply
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • tyron (5/14/2020 10:42:00 AM)

    how does the mood change in the last stanza

    Report Reply
    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • MrBunceTheNonce (7/4/2019 6:12:00 AM)

    Brexit Means Brexit

    so go back to the field

    Already Reported Reply
    7 person liked.
    14 person did not like.
  • brexitMeansBREXIT (7/4/2019 6:10:00 AM)

    How do you kill a black person


    throw a bucket of kfc off a cliff

    Already Reported Reply
    abcdef(3/28/2020 9:13:00 AM)

    have some manners

    5 person liked.
    32 person did not like.
  • brexitMeansBREXIT (7/4/2019 6:08:00 AM)

    How do you kill a black person


    throw a bucket of kfc off a cliff

    Already Reported Reply
    3 person liked.
    26 person did not like.
  • Ali-A is a FITTY (7/4/2019 6:07:00 AM)

    RAHHHH this is some martin luthr king . big up the movement. also your mum has a class pum pum

    Already Reported Reply
    2 person liked.
    13 person did not like.
  • pumpumhunter6969 (7/4/2019 6:03:00 AM)

    this peom waz so boring m8

    Report Reply
    4 person liked.
    14 person did not like.
  • ya boiiiiiii (4/4/2019 5:48:00 AM)

    ya boiiiiiiijfjgfjhvhgfdulghiuytrew

    Report Reply
    3 person liked.
    11 person did not like.
  • shahrukh (2/28/2019 4:29:00 AM)

    rahhhh my mums pum is so good mannn

    Already Reported Reply
    1 person liked.
    13 person did not like.
  • pussay destroyer69 (2/28/2019 4:28:00 AM)

    yo this was bangin ye my g yo ill shank ye up bled ye bomboclat

    Already Reported Reply
    1 person liked.
    12 person did not like.
  • annonymouse (10/7/2018 6:14:00 AM)

    I'm pretty sure this was read by google translator I would like it if it was read by the person who wrote it

    Already Reported Reply
    8 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • Mark Rintep (6/20/2018 4:14:00 PM)

    If we will all speak up not turning a blind eye on issues, our society will be better for it

    Report Reply
    charlie cullen(2/28/2019 4:31:00 AM)

    yo ye chat get bannge

    7 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • bobson kanu (2/27/2018 3:25:00 AM)

    this was excellent baby, loved every singe word. made my yams quivver

    Report Reply
    6 person liked.
    9 person did not like.
  • Osazee DankaroOsazee Dankaro (9/26/2016 10:52:00 AM)

    In Dante's Divine Comedies, the hottest part of hell is reserved for those who keep mute when faced with moral dilemma. This poem aptly typifies this.

    Report Reply
    9 person liked.
    7 person did not like.
  • G. Akanji OlaniyiG. Akanji Olaniyi (12/21/2015 1:01:00 AM)

    Living with mutual responsibility is a necessity. This is a thought-provoking poem that makes a lot of sense. Pray the message rings down deep. And from a poet of Niyi Osundare's calibre, it is simply classic! ! ! !

    Report Reply
    8 person liked.
    8 person did not like.
  • Folorunso Oladipo DanielFolorunso Oladipo Daniel (12/19/2015 3:52:00 PM)

    indeed, it is not my business that is the statement that kills 99% of the country having known that we are all casualties

    Report Reply
    7 person liked.
    9 person did not like.
  • Beaton Galafa (3/23/2014 5:42:00 PM)

    This is becoming an inspiration to me. It tackles individualism perfectly. The poet's role at play!

    Report Reply
    7 person liked.
    9 person did not like.
  • Babatunde AremuBabatunde Aremu (11/12/2013 3:13:00 AM)

    We all feel unconconcern about others plight oblivious that the same awaits us. Great poem

    Already Reported Reply
    9 person liked.
    7 person did not like.



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?