BABAJIDE MICHAEL OLUSEGUN:
Hails from Ibadan, south west Nigeria and has lived for 22 years. His a graduate of B.A Literature in English from the Obafemi Awolowo University. Is an aficionado of everything literary but a novice to everything the literary muses inspire daily. Gives voice to his poetry in public places and has been published in various literary journals, in Catholic Independent and with Anthology in Honour of Late Dr Maya Angelou from the Platform of Hinovelty as the most recent. Has written with the language of every genre of literature and he has several manuscripts yet to be published: poetry and drama and prose fiction.
Likes to eat, talk, play basketball, read and watch anything adventurous, magical, and fantastic. Is currently a corps member in the service of his Fatherland in Kogi State.
His shortlisted poem is below:
Diz Poetry by Babjide Michael Olusegun (Nigeria)
Diz Poetry go come in many many styles
Since Diz Poetry dey com Uganda
Diz Poetry godey dub reggae reggae free
But Diz Poetry don dey use hin beat
Diz Poetry gat many manytinz to say
So Diz Poetry know know which one to say
Diz Poetry fit no make much sense
For Diz Poetry no come to impress
Diz Poetry fit look- within- personal
But Diz Poetry may dey –without- political.
Diz Poetry will be so long in longitude
For Diz Poetry will be very versed in latitude
Diz Poetry will burst into rhythmic tears
For Diz Poetry was writt’n with wilderness’s words
Diz Poetry is speaking from Africa
As Boko Haram blows up North-East Nigeria
Diz Poetry won’t call on Cupid
For Diz Poetry is lonely not blind and stupid
Diz Poetry is not from “Dis Poetry”
Diz Poetry is only like “Dis Poetry”.
Diz Poetry 4 lov use Gangan’s mouth
Diz Poetry sef 4 lovdanz with Sekere’sileke
Diz Poetry 4 talk of libarti
But Diz Poetry sef don enta captivity
Diz Poetry won halasom poets
Since Diz Poetry owe demobonge respect.
As I hala: Maya- Angelou- Zephaniah- Neruda, Rudyard. NiyiOsundare-
And Johnson in d States plus Okotp’Bitek for izSong of LawinowitJumokeVerissimo.
May I sharpali say: Una go watch Diz Poetry like say na Play on Words
Cos Diz Poetry dey flow wit watery meanings in stanzas of 4 by 10.
You may wanna ask
What Diz Poetry is all about
Or is Diz Poetry simply all about nothing?
Never mind, Diz Poetry has no answers to these
For Diz Poetry gonna slip through my heart to thee
Diz Poetry might make you laugh
And you may wanna push Diz Poetry aside
But Diz Poetry’s two and three
May make you wanna give it a chance
Cos Diz Poetry is simply free, M.A.D and booing your mind.
The #Babishai2015 winner will be announced furing the poetry festival from 26 to 28 August at The Uganda Museum, Kampala.