Thou Biafra shall rise in spirit and in reality
And Thou shalt recapture Thine glory sublime
Gimme that old time epoch-making Ojukwu
Of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Era
That indomitable fortitude of a people displaced
Of men and women with heads bloody but unbowed
Of women carrying in sacks heads of husbands cowardly slain
Butchered in cowardly undeclared battle covertly devised
Of husbands gathering the remains of wives whose bellies were gutted
And neonates hardly able to survive outside wombs were littered
Of Uzuakoli and Abiriba dancers gyrate with heads neatly in baskets scarfed
And "omu" in pursed lips shrouded with magical silence only the dead understood
Brave Imo men in loin cloths wielding machetes willing to die for the cause
Tell me of the late Frank Anuebunwa of Nkwerre Orlu who declared
"Long live Ojukwu, for Biafra shall never die
I'm ready to abandon this body and fly with wings of light
To answer Ojukwu's new fatal call and spill precious blood if need must be"
What is man if he believeth not what he dieth for
Or dies for that with hardly a shred of conviction?
Can you declare in a nutshell what in essence this life encompasses
And unravel the mystery of life and discern the unfathomable?
But Thou art the Biafra
Thy Mystery is a bottomless ocean, soundless as light, boundless as echo
Can Thou forget events that took place in Biafra some 50 yesteryears
When lions roamed the width and breadth of Igboland
With Zik at Lagos, Okpara in the East, and Mbadiwe's opposition blast off
Then Igbos were Igbos, pride was high, robbery and kidnapping very much unknown
When Igbo marriage was designed in heaven and destined to span eternity
Men planted yams and sat in circles around calashes of fermented palm wine
While pregnant prepubescent girls pounded foofoo with skinny pestles
Children hid away in corners with school lessons under smoking kerosene lamps?
Thou Biafra shalt surely rise again in spirit and reality
And Thou shalt recapture Thine past glory
Gimme that old time Igbo spirit ere I die
A rt Thou the Biafrans?