A REVIEW OF "GRAPEVINE" SPOKEN WORD VIDEO
In 4 minutes (19 seconds) Duke flew in firmament of words, 'poetizing' the many sad news daily slapping the faces of Nigerians and Nigeria; striking every point, repeating a refrain "I heard it through the grapevine"
With not-so-poetic stanzas, he touches on the different pointers already sending signals of a possible disintegration of the entity called Nigeria; for easy consumption by the fast-rising poetry audience in the world's most populated black nation, with a perfect sync of piano sounds at the background.
He carefully x-rays the impunity increasingly sinking deep-down the fabric of the Nigerian judicial system, politics and religious platforms, mentioning one or two political big-weights; metaphorically placing "corruption" as a Nigerian, not excluding cyber criminals he tags "yahoo boys" in the Nigerian parlance, Fulani-herdsmen killings and so many other compelling cacophonies.
Finalizing with a beam of hope that "we can stop offering our franchise as merchandize, because we are our own missile".
The originality in Duke's spell-spilling tongue may curse his viewers to keep 'asking for more. You don't want to miss that!
Weldone Olaniyi Olayemi Luke "DukeLuke"
Reviewed by Bankole Kolawole "BankHALL"
a poet, essayist and a spoken word artiste based in Lagos-Nigeria.
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DUKELUKE POETRY (YOUTUBE CHANNEL)