I am the product of an aged heritage,
My father’s fathers were erudite sages
With replete basins of wisdom.
Out of me came fifty-three vast kingdoms
My skin is a glittering coal,
Gleaming like a ripe avocado.
I am the rubbles of darkness in the night
And still the stripes of brightness at night
In me are numerous temples of beauty,
I am a replica of my pretty mother.
Chubby. As dark as ebony.
I own ample wealth and honey, I do not lack.
Found in me are chunky mountains;
Between them are sacred fountains:
The oceans, the Nile and the gurgling lakes,
As pure as the sheen eyes of daybreaks.
You can find in me the greener pasture,
I am that fertile land with organic manure.
My body carries ego and the identity of pride
When you behold me, you shall see a noble pride.
I am the A in Accordance,
The F in Fertility,
And the R in Redemption.
I am the I in Indispensable,
The C in Cultural Value,
And the A in Abundance.
I am Africa.
Ololade Akinlabi was a nominee for Nigeria Writers Award 2017 and a two-time winner of Poet in Nigeria 10-day poetry Challenge. He emerged as the second runner up in Youth Shades international poetry contest in 2017. He was shortlisted for Albert Jungian poetry prize in the same year.