The last thing I wrote on my website (still feels good to call it that) was this: http://chikajones.com/2018/01/31/untitled/. That was in January 2018. More than 8 months later, I have a new video up on my YouTube page.
I wrote this poem a long time ago, it was inspired by Inua Ellam’s first poem from his show ’14th Tale’, the poem begins thus – ‘I come from a long line of troublemakers’. One of my favorite poets Titilope Sonuga also has a poem speaking about where she comes from. I first performed it at a book launch in February 2016, then at Tunde Leye’s book launch later in September 2016. Early 2017, Alex reached out to me and said he would like to make a video of the poem. We climbed the bridge opposite the Maryland mall, bribed area boys opposite the Methodist church at CMS, but a crashed hard drive stopped us. In 2018, we tried again and many months later, we have something.
Please watch here.
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