December 9, 2016 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Adde Adekosan



Abdulrahman M Abu-yaman






to mark our anniversary, i said

to her, ‘demand anything, and

it shall be gifted to you’. she sat


and pondered for a while. but

the answer she gave was neither

a diamond necklace nor a golden ring,


neither was it a platinum bracelet nor

a silver anklet. for we all know women

evaluate their self worth with


precious metals. so, asking the million

dollar question of demanding “anything”

would have sparked out any of the aforementioned


prejudices. but nay! all she demanded was

eda-gogogi! and i was like

‘seriously?’ as i wondered what she needed


it for. but on a closer observation after

its purchase, i figured out that she had grown

a few inches taller than before. the lady i literally


looked down on, when we both stood to have

our tête-à-tête, now brushes shoulders with me

and look me direct in the eyeballs ever since the


eda-gogogi elevated her sight above an angle

of elevation. alas! i got her first message; that

is, if equality in gender rights is uncertain, at


least, she could settle for equality in gender

heights. another observation apparent was

the “koi-koi” onomatopoeia made by the heely


sole of her precious gift. deliberately

orchestrating the sounds to draw my attention

whenever she majestically step down the


staircase, and catwalking elegantly on ceramic

tiles in the parlour to announce her apparition.

alas! her second point was clear, that is to

capture my undivided attention during her






eda-gogogi the word for a high heel shoe (mostly for women) in Nupe language. (The Nupe tribe is prevalent in the middle belt region of Nigeria around the River Niger areas)








Abdulrahman M Abu-yaman

Abdulrahman M Abu-yaman is a Nigerian poet born in the western part of the country (Tin-can island, Lagos), occasionally visiting the south (Warri) despite being from the north where he currently lives (Minna). He majored in Economics at IBB University, Lapai, Niger State, loves to draw in pencil monochrome. His works have appeared in Kalahari Reviews, Elsielsy blog and forthcoming in Lunaris Review and Black Boy Review. You can follow him on Twitter@abuu_yaman.

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