Elergy For Buchi Emecheta

    Till we meet on the other side

 

Buchi Emecheta! Where are you?

 

So I called and called your name.

 

Until I got a call from Achebe that your worlds are now the same.

 

Oh why!

 

Why did you leave me alone?

 

This used to be our world.

 

Now it is mine alone.

 

I still needed your guidance on my journey.

 

Lioness of African literature.

 

You stayed through to your dream.

 

Bold as a lion, feminist cream.

 

An elephant of confidence.

 

Your trumpet left a resounding effect.

 

It caused our pianos to key into the music.

 

An iroko that never wavered.

 

You will be much remembered.

 

Even right now, the ink of your pen

 

Still sing praises in books.

 

The sun, the moon, the stars and I

 

Salute you from this side.

 

Till we meet on the other side,

 

No longer will I call

 

Buchi Emecheta! where are you?

This poem was written by Omoh Bright Sado.

 

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes prose fiction and creative non-fiction. She is the founder of creativewritingnews.com. Her first novella, Finding Love Again was published by Ankara Press. Her second novella, The Heiress' Bodyguard was shortlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Awards. She currently works as content marketer for various online businesses. You can follow her at @cwritingnws.

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