They are in there
Whether you know it or not
They are sufferring
Creations thought of little worth
Deep in the interiors on the hills of Akoko
I saw their anguish
Little did I know before
But now, I can distinguish
What is pain and what is hunger
What brings hate and all the anger.
The faces of their children
So pale and expectant
Parents looked at me with yearning
As they imagined the day their children too- would be serving
Their houses were archaic
Where is civilization?
Mud made story-buildings
With little ventilation
They have fruits and very tall trees
Also they have lots of fresh honey
Because, my God they have bees
I will have a wonderful time
I’m sure of this
No matter how difficult it looks
I really don’t want to miss this
The secret is looking for the best in people
The gift is in celebrating it
I will take my time and settle here
I will serve Nigeria, me in my NYSC kit.
Rachel Ogbu served in Ekiti State, Nigeria and was involved in voluntary and other charity work in Ado-Ekiti.
She won the National Youth Service Corps State Director’s Recognition Award for hard work and service to the community.
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