(Chartered Member) Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management.
TYPHOON AND BROWN-OUT IN THE PHILIPPINES.
I love reading poems But I don’t know how to write them If I knew how to write poems I would have written one But I will still go ahead to write To describe how it felt For days there had been News and information about An imminent typhoon “Typhoon Yolanda” It was estimated to hit Philippines Cebu to be precise on Friday 8th November, 2013 People were asked to prepare and stay indoors It did come, in the morning hours as predicted It was windy, but not the intensity that was predicted There was brown out, and darkness will slowly Ensure as the day became old The night was dark, quiet, calm, and cold The usual noise that envelops the city had been lost The brown out had once again rekindled our knit with nature While we waited for electricity As this was the first time Brown out will last more than 30mins In my almost three years of stay in the Philippines The calmness and quietness of the environs Slowly lullabied us to sleep And the cold weather cuddled us in our bed And for the first time in almost three years I was reminded of the stark reality back home (Nigeria) It was the first time I will sleep without electricity in three years While I enjoyed the quietness brought by the brown out I was also peeved I was peeved because I had so many things to do with electricity And could not do them Again I was reminded of the reality back home I was reminded of the corruption in the power sector in Nigeria I was reminded of the millions, if not billions of naira that had been stolen And diverted to personal account in power and other sector I was reminded of the many Nigerians that have died using “I big pass my neigbour” generator Because there was no constant or power supply at all Then I asked, will corruption ever end in Nigeria? When will it end? When will Nigeria start enjoying the things People in other clime have been enjoying for years?
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