I’M NOT ‘THE CHIBOK GIRLS’

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    I’M NOT ‘THE CHIBOK GIRLS’
    I’m not ‘The Chibok girls’
    I’m Aisha’s daughter, her third child
    Tomorrow is my birthday and I want chocolates
    Not a photo op with men in manes,
    Men with Kalashnikovs for walking sticks

    I’m not ‘The Chibok girls’
    I’m a student
    Savouring pages of vintage books
    Swotting now to ease sweating, at testing times
    I dominate the libraries like ‘matter’ –
    ‘anything that has weight and occupies space’, we’re taught

    I eat the freedom pie
    You need to see the outspoken countenance of once reticent reagents
    on mounting the podium of my pipettes,
    Beakers,
    And round-bottom flasks.

    I’m not ‘The Chibok girls’
    I’m Luka’s twin sister
    Raised by farm-hardened hands
    I thirst for the taste
    of his bragging breath
    Mingled with our mum’s praying sweat
    I’m a schoolgirl
    At home in giggling company –
    Joan’s and Maryam’s and Hannah’s and Hannatu’s and Jummai’s and Grace’s –

    I’m a girl
    I wear no toga
    only my name tag
    and – atimes – a sanitary towel.
    I’m not a bargaining chip
    I’m not an index, some indicator
    of bad governance or good governance or no governance!

    I’m not ‘The Chibok girls’
    I’m a girl, not a chapter in history
    I’m not someone’s defence shield
    I’m not a tool in the gloved hands of a martyr-maker
    Only the mouthpiece in a flute, my mum’s mirth-maker.

    I’m no Pearl Habour
    Nor a trigger for a reprisal zinger.
    I’m not someone’s prize:
    What manner of conqueror gloats with a minor’s pubic heist?
    I crave no place in folklore
    But if I must enter it, it will be by my derring-do
    Not that of hooded men
    I shall not enter history from the pity page
    I count my years as pedestals of dreams.

    – Anaele Ihuoma

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