Choba.

Choba is a university
Town in Port Harcourt
Here hunger taught us a lesson
To prowl the forest
Lay riped paw-paw friuts
As a bait for snails.
Here we plodded the swamps
Looking for raffia palms
To extract beetle's maggots
With our blunt matchets
To make stews
For the rice we bought as essential commodities
Here when we protested
The non provision of welfares services to students
Fierce looking mobile police men
Brandishing the kalashinikof
And tear gases chased us
Into the bush and own
Our university without learning anything from it
Here experience moulded
Us to carry on today.

by Tony Adah

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