La Fille (The Girl)

Breast ironing, female genital mutilation, sexual violence, arranged marriage among others are what a girl child goes through in some communities.
Yes I vow
to the blueness of my ink
to stop madam cash
from trading our daughters for jewelleries
our mothers of tomorrow
Yes I vow
to the scars on my heart
to tarnish senator kasalis integrity
our 13 year old mother-made-girls
concubines at his villa
Yes I vow
to humanity’s groans
to punish mama alero
for pounding aleros breast
brutality in the name of protection
Yes I vow
to the terror in my voice
to format education schemes
for putting our ladies at the back row
our intelligent genius
Yes I vow
to the blood that flows through my veins
to stab perpetrators with words
for drowning our females in inferiority
the giants of the fu
Yes I vow
to abeke my god mother
to hold on to the fight
for female leadership
it is my war, it is our War

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Adewuyi Roseline is passionate about the girl child. Growing up, she had a lot of questions about her identity. She is on the journey to ensure that young girls rise above limitations, smash stereotypes in their communities.

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