I once heard that before your foundations were laid,
the water goddesses and marine spirits
had to be appeased
in order for your foundations to even hold.
The person who told me this
said it was standard Nigerian practice
even for the building of roads
because the gods hate an intrusion
and are always hungry for blood.
I laughed at the person’s analysis of your beginning:
Human and animal blood was sacrificed
In order to prevent more bloodshed
Deriving from the anger of the gods
But now Third Mainland
Link between Island and Mainland
Most senior of Carter and Marina Bridges
It seems you are still hungry
Do you want us to sacrifice
All the virgins in Lagos for you?
Because we are not going to.
Or should we smear your railings
and handlebars with goat blood?
Maybe just to remind those seeking respite
In the waters that their blood
Is being waited for to be used
As a nice concluding dessert?
Most senior of Carter and Marina
Is the story I heard true?
Are you angry that it was
The unclean hands of thieves
Who performed your sacrificial rites?
Is that why you swallow people
All the time?
Or I’m I just hearing
Another typical Nigerian story for the gods?
By Angel C. Nduka-Nwosu
16th April 2017
Twitter &Instagram: @msndukanwosu