Saucy as a shrew, naughty like that.
From catacombs to every crevice,
wares well sold. Segilola beautiful damsel.
Igba nla dogi, iyalaya any bagger*
I will walk my talk, my talk is my work.
Something supple, rolling like that.
A matching army, of it own accord
Controlled by no sergeant major; and
like a piped piper, puppets are drawn,
to nectar so sweet, yet so sour.
Segilola, scourge of many frowning wives
Envied object of many a putative damsel.
Loathe or love her, your senses ruled.
Pine or lust for her, your senses dulled.
What to do with this Segilola?
Segilolas aplenty at every ojude-Oba*
surplus at those privileged polo games.
Massed at the Argungu fishing fiesta*
Well dotted at each Ofala celebration*
Every where you turn, there’s a Segilola.
*Igba nla dogi, iyalaya any bagger – Expletive indicate of ‘who cares’
*ojude-Oba – age grade festival in Ijebu land.
*Argungu fishing fiesta – a fishing gala in Sokoto
*Ofala celebration – rites of renewal for a King in some parts of Eastern Nigeria
© 7th November 2016. Adewale Adeniji.