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Not My Business. by Niyi Osundare. Who are ‘they’?. African name. How does this image make you feel?. They picked Akanni up one morning Beat him soft like clay And stuffed him down the belly Of a waiting jeep. Is Akanni treated humanely?. Was this planned?. What business of mine is it

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Not My Business

by Niyi Osundare

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Who are ‘they’?

African name

How does this image make you feel?

They picked Akanni up one morning

Beat him soft like clay

And stuffed him down the belly

Of a waiting jeep.

Is Akanni treated humanely?

Was this planned?

What business of mine is it

So long as they don’t take the yam

From my savouring mouth?

What does this represent?

Why use this word?

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Who are ‘they’?

Does this sound more or less threatening than the first verse?

They came one night

Booted the whole house awake

And dragged Danladi out,

Then off to a lengthy absence.

African name

Is this a vacation?

What business of mine is it

So long as they don’t take the yam

From my savouring mouth?

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Chinwe went to work one day

Only to find her job was gone:

No query, no warning, no probe –

Just one neat sack for a stainless record.

What does this show?

Why ‘stainless’?

What business of mine is it

So long as they don’t take the yam

From my savouring mouth?

Why is it ‘neat’?

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Think about the country in which this poem is set. Why is this an effective image?

And then one evening

As I sat down to eat my yam

A knock at the door froze my hungry hand.

The jeep was waiting on my bewildered lawn

Waiting, waiting in its usual silence.

Is this image effective?

Why does the poem not end with a definite outcome?

Why repeat this word?