By: Ukange Doose Diana


All line up for the ticket,

Coloured to the left,

Pure white to the right.

Identification in hand.

“Thou in black;  the dark black

On the left, step back.

No ticket for thee.”

“But sir, here is my identity,

I am an African.”

“No,  thou art a Negro,

A deep shade of darkness.

Thy melanin will smear my white covering.

Now, off you go.”

“Next!”

“Oh!  Son of my motherland,

Proceed, for here is thy ticket.

Thy fairness is alluring.”

“But sir, be fair then to me also.”

“Black lad,

Maybe in the morrows I will wear

My black shirt, then

I’ll be fair-minded,

Now, off you go!”


I am a Nigerian, an emerging poet. A student of English and literary studies. I hail from the middle belt regions in Nigeria, Benue. An Afrocentric writer with several African writings although none has been published.