Opebi! (For Lagos @ 55)

A building in Opebi

OPEBI
By Akeem Lasisi

Your fame smells sweet

Your name rings a bell and a winning spell

Your addresses open doors

Ads

Like the green ink of a rated king

Yolk in the Lagos albumen,

Jungle is an aberration in your world of bliss

Sanity is king and peace is queen

You drip with affluence and influence still

Whenever I visit here

I do not fail to feel the Londonic sensation on Toyin Street

At Gbemisola I reconnect with the Abami Eda

In his museum of trumpets and prison shots;

I find my way to Salvation end,

To meet the stars on Coliseum nights

So, when next you too hit town,

Around here you can find your way to Ibis,

Or you book a tryst with Western Best

White House or Water Parks

1960 a friend in deed:

Rain or sun, dawn to dusk

Legendary Sheraton beckons tourists with open arms.

But, Opebi, let me take a bow here before it’s dark

Before the birds of easy virtues

Storm your streets in skimpy wings.

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