Bring it up anywhere, I won’t be guilty
Agbakara, the crocodile says
It is the way the water bubbles that makes it to know a prey is new by
Hmmm, this silence is killing
There is blood in the mouth before men spit out spittle
It is the same teeth that is exposed for laughter that bites
This matter, where do we table it?
The village square is where elders gathers to table the affairs of life
It is also for the maiden coming of age dance at dusk
Adaku, let the bracelet on your foot mark your steps
Let it announce your arrival
Under the tetebe (the water hyacinths) hides large fishes
Avoiding the fisherman’s hook or net
I am not scared that my matter has become a public issue
But know it that
He that decides to grow big set of teeth
Must have large lips to cover it
Ikebe, (the big bottom) is not too heavy for the owner to carry
It is my matter, let me invite you before you come in
Palm fruit, palm wine, palm kennel all come from the palm tree
But are they the same?
The same womb begot us
Does not make us same
Hunger and anger
It is he who looks at the face of an iyawo (new wife)
That sees that she is angry
Why are you angry over my matter?
Can the goat be angry and kick its owner to death?
Goat and coat
The goat will not wear the coat
The heart and hat
One controls our head
The other is worn on the head
The heaviness of the heart
Does not make men
Wear it on the head.
When love strikes on the door of the heart
Even great men
Carry their heart on their palms
The old man saw this and told me in confidence
my child he says
‘let no one deceive you
you can only be what you want to be”
don’t you know I am the agama lizard?
Who falls from the tree top and nods its head
Says “Well done”, if no one appreciates its efforts
After all, the tortoise says,
“It wants no man’s problem that is why it carries its house
wherever it goes
the palm wine tapper does not ask for help to get down from the tree he just climbed himself
unless he has just finished the fresh wine, he tapped up there and he is drunk
I have not invited you to be a judge in my matter
Let my matter be mine
Let it rest with me.