Banky W surprised the audience at an MTN Charity Event this morning by reciting this poem entitled “Verse to the Girl Child“. The verse was inspired by a quote from UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon.
The poem and the way Banky delivered it elicited an emotional response from the audience at the event so we thought to share with you.
VERSE TO THE GIRL CHILD
What frightens the extremists and really gives them the spooks?
There’s nothing scarier to them than a girl with a book
Not a soldier, or a bomb, or a gun, or a landmine
There’s nothing more dangerous than her enlightened mind
So they kidnap, and enslave, and try to stand in her way
And they rape, and oppress and try to make her afraid
Because they know, that for sure, she’ll grow up one day
And when that day comes, she’ll be strong enough to bring change
So respect to the girl child, you’ve got grown men scared of you
Salute to our future Chimamandas, and our Tiwa Savages too
To our future Oprah Winfreys and our Maya Angelous
Because we know you will grow, and your success is inevitable. Read more: bellanaija.com