Africa’s Bazooka Intellectual
[In remembrance of Bate Besong]
By Ernest L. MOLUA
You were more than the ‘Obasinjom Warrior’
You were more than ‘The Writer as Tiger’
Your pen was a portable recoilless rocket
Like a stovepipe you battled intellectual inertia
You propelled your ink against talkative zombies
Your combats were reminisce of a war hero
A warrior with invisible enemies
Yet, the propulsion of your ink was highly explosive.
Your intellectual might delivered deadly blows on academic nitwits
Your bazooka stripped bare Africa’s intelligentsia
Yes, your wisdom inspired generations,
Your zeal never tired for the land you loved
You labored in fame, and the wise listened adding to their learning.
You raged against vestiges of geriatic politics
You lambasted men who embraced the bosom of corrupt elite
The amphitheatre was your Jericho, the Campus your Golgotha
Never ending, your shoulders strained in good fortune
Whilst, the hills and valleys reechoed your blows on the mouths of liars and looters.
Was it not your ink that put to shame man’s inhumanity to man?
As in ‘The Mummification of a Nation’ and ‘For Osagyefo Capitaine Thomas Sankara’?
And your thunder in ‘The Professor’ and ‘The Playwright & The Campus Giants’?
Yes, you left nitwits stripped and barefoot as captives to their thoughtlessness
And with their buttocks bared to their collective shame
Your exposure was their disgrace, Your rage their nemesis.
Africa’s bazooka intellectual, you were made of nature’s finest dust
And to dust you returned to manure the earth
The earth of the land you loved, so that you forever liveth in its evergreen
Your indelible ink, loaded to the capsule of your bazooka
Is a reminder to our collective, that you forever is Africa’s bazooka intellectual.
// END April 10, 2012
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