Final News? - By Jerry Adesewo

Final News? - By Jerry Adesewo

The Poet 

Jerry Adesewo (popularly known and referred to as Om'Oba) is a writer, theatre producer/director, and cultural administrator. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Arojah Royal Theatre, a private theatre outfit that operates in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, and which has become a household on account of its creative outputs. As a cultural journalist, he has written for NEXT Newspaper, Guardian, Daily Trust, National Mirror, Newscalabash, Metropole Magazine, City Pages International Magazine, Korean Times, The Enlightener Magazine, and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of OurNigeriaNews Magazine and OurNigeriaTV24. His outfit, Arojah Royal Theatre, is currently staging the first ever Abuja International Theatre Festival and Awards (ABITFA) between October 31 and November 5, 2023.

The Poem 


In the realm of last tidings,

A new genesis unfolds,

A dwelling ablaze in one corner,

Elsewhere, structures succumb,

A soul lost to the shadows,

A woman submerged in sorrow's depths,

A child's fading breath,

Another wounded in innocence,

In ceaseless demise, we flee,

Chasing after the elusive wind,

Anticipating the ensuing chronicle,

Beyond the realm of finality's embrace

But after the final news

Come yet, another news.

(C) Jerry Adesewo

The Story 

It's disheartening to witness the overwhelming presence of tragic stories on social media, and especially in one's life or family circle.

I experienced some cycles of tragedy and human vulnerability sometime ago that left me heartbroken. At the same time, anywhere you turned on social and regular media, it is one terrible news after another, and so I was just wondering what the next news would be. 

Good or tragic?

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