(... HER POEM ...)
Forgive me that I can only express myself perfectly in English:
But this is what I brought from that trip to the stream.
The trip you consented to
so we could have water available for use at home
the trip you warned me about
since I wasn't the first to go on such
and my predecessors rather didn't return from
didn't come back to you
but all had one thing in common:
they broke your pot.
And now Grandma,
I too have broken the pot.
at the stream,
I was told
to stay back and fetch all the water I needed
never come back to you!
I refused, Grandma
and they said your pot is of inferior quality.
They trashed your meals,
called your teachings shit
and our tongue:
the one you pride so much in,
I really didn't want to drop your pot,
but I did
my tongue got tied
rilling rockingly right on foreign rolls
while the noisy whispers of your warnings echoed around
And now, Grandma
I too have broken the pot
I was told what is worth doing is worth it well,
and the tightness of my tongue only gets tighter-
but while these foreign rolls try to get me further farther
I promise, Grandma
that I will try with all my might
the broken pieces
of your treasured pot.
(... HER INTERVIEW ...)
EGC: Your Real Name & Stage Name
LKG: Lawal Kafayat. Stage name is LKG.
EGC: Discipline/What You Do
LKG: I am a student, a teacher and a writer.
EGC: Other Creative Art Forms You Practice
LKG: I love sitting on the sewing machine.
EGC: What Made You Go Into Poetry
LKG: Started poetry as a result of boredom and not wanting to "fall someone's hand".
EGC: Kind Of Poems You Write/Perform
LKG: I write and perform societal works; I love political and Christian poems too.
EGC: People Who Inspire You In Poetry
LKG: Donna. Donna inspires me a lot, I love Prince EA too, Dami Ajayi.
EGC: What You Hope To Achieve With Poetry
LKG: To change people's head, their minds. To work beautiful things into individuals and watch the world become a beautiful place.
EGC: Your First Time At Be Blessed
LKG: My first time would be BB4 or BB5, not really sure.
EGC: How Many Times You Came To Be Blessed
LKG: About 8 (eight) times.
EGC: Poets You'd Like To See At Next Be Blessed
LKG: Efe Paul please, RMG, Ayomide Festus, Alowo, Samurai, Bankhall, JYC Agarau and the Victors, Vicadex, Akinwunmi and Lyric poet.
EGC: Most Memorable Edition Of Be Blessed And Why
LKG: BB9… That was the hottest as well as coolest edition, it was a full house, bam poets, raw poetry.
EGC: What You Missed About Be Blessed
LKG: I miss everything. The people, the spirit, the gathering, the poems, the team I used to work with… Everything.
EGC: What You Like About EGC
LKG: The passion, the dedication that make ECG work even when “no one” is looking.