ELEGY FOR LOST SLUM

Condominiums
From their clenched hands laden with condominiums

The minstrel accompanies us
His keen eyes are here with us

Condominiums
From their havens yonder they bring condominiums

One line full of Chinese
One line full of Indians

Condominiums
With their purses swollen obscene with condominiums

Elumeylu is here with them
Otwodeko accompanies them
Asiwajou sends a word

Condominiums from their havens yonder they bring condominiums

One hand clutching bribes
One hand clutching plans

Condominiums
Sprouting all over your metropolis condominiums

The suit said to the agbada
I’ll settle you
The agbada said to the suit
I’ll humour you
They both said to themselves
We’ll swindle them

Condominiums.

Asiwajou is up. Asiwajou is up. Orders.
The Governor is free. The Governor is free. The Governor assents.

Asiwajou has won the day
sweet words cover his face
the Governor mirrors his words
Asiwajou beams a smile

Condominiums.
To their lost slums sprouting condominiums

Parliament has sold its vote
investors, gay, jig with glee
developers swarm like bees
bulldozers prowl, growl in wait
the slum must relocate itself
economic growth carries the day

Condominiums
Where they ate condominiums where they slept

The suit said to the agbada
I’ll settle you
the agbada said to blue collar
I’ll mangle you
Blue collar said to his god
I look to you

Condominiums

for their lost squalor they weep condolences
for a cash cow they sing condominiums

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