Submitted by Anikulapo

Where is Óbálèndé Bus-stop ?

Go through it paranoid,
There is an ocean paean
From the luminary Barrack;
That sets Òbálèndè by it canoe
For a screeching suburb.

Do navigate Óbálèndé

And, you will see a delirium
Buoy to the tortured inhabitants
For the commercial buses— chanting
It neighborhood in six

Before Óbálèndé runs like visceral water
To Ikoyi, and façade skyscrapers in CMS;
Startling, it has a ennui of mirage
For strange to navigate Obalende
In a tender greatness

Check your self—
If you hold your wallet,
Stick your pocket glue
After 7; for the children
Not to paddle water at your face
From a crescendo of many directions

Before Óbálèndé’s tumult
Holds a stench of a goodnight
To an adulterated city

Ibi ti Óbá lé wá dé.


  • Óbálèndé: a bus-stop in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Ibi ti Óbá lé wá dé: This gives the deep meaning of Óbálèndé; Where we’ve been pursued to by the king.
  • Ikoyi and CMS: Popular bus-stops in Lagos, Nigeria.

I would like to know your thoughts about this poem. Thank you always.

Published by Adekunle Writes

Adekunle is the author of a poetry collection, 'Arise Nigeria'. A young writer, Adekunle is a correspondent at Church Times Newspaper and Contributing Editor for Interviews at OPEN: Journal of Arts and Letters. He's the recipient of Daily Trust Newspaper's Poet of the week, January 2019. Follow me on Instagram on https://instagram.com/adekunlewrites https://platform.linkedin.com/badges/js/profile.jsAdekunle Adewunmi

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