The Lion’s Salvation – A poem by Ella Llewelyn Jones

Sierra Leone’s lost

Like a coin


In the Kangari Hills.

The future fills

us with trepidation.

We’re the loin

in an ambush

Trapped in an underbrush

Of corruption.

Will the LIMBA

Pluck up the stamina?


got the key to the door?

Are the KISSY

Too busy?

Will the YALUNKA

Gush forth like Mano River?

Will the KRIO, the SHERBRO

Muster up the ego?

What will the KRU do?

Can the TEMNE

Defeat this enemy?

Have the LOKO

Got the valour?

Will the MENDE

Pave the way?

Will the FULA, The MADINKA

Or MADINGO, grab Freedom’s Charter?

Can we implore


To rise up?

Will the SUSU mobilise and stop

The ship of corruption

Docking at Big Wharf?

Which tribe’s tough enough

To bring salvation?

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Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: WhatsApp: +23276211583

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