The River Niger


Have you seen the snake river
That flows about the Savannah?
The sun rays falls on it,
And the whiteness woos the eyes
The hippos and crocs love it
The river pythons dwell about it
A beckoning waterfall up the rocks
And Mother Nature sings loudly,
Always as she washes her garments
On the clean waters of the falls
Onitsha feeds on thee
Lokoja banks on thee
Forests gain life about the banks
As the lower plains of Mali
The sweet songs of the canoe man
Whistling heartily, on a quiet day
Across thee, life-given river of the East
The falling leaves, descending upon
The face of the glittering waters
The green seaweeds clustering together
Painting a strange color on the surface
But thee, Niger river flows on
And on and on, thru nations
Washing the shores of the lands
Feeding the banks with life
Making the lands strange looking
And appreciative of what thee
Mother Nature is to man

By Oke Iroegbu

Finance Graduate, Bibliophile and Bard of Ovim, his hometown. Read more at

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