Titilola Giwa wrote the poem Dedicated to the nobody. This is a poem about how society is segregated. This is her protest against this segregation and the wish for things to change.
When asked, she told us, that there is a difference in which class you belong. Between the different classes, there is discrimination. In other words: people consider themselves to be better, based on the class they belong to or think they belong to. It doesn’t really matter in what part of the world you live. There is this difference between people that is based on social influence.
According to Titilola, those who belong the lowest of classes, are treated in a wrong way. They are unable to make it to “the top” or even a higher social class. They are stuck with those jobs no one really wants to perform and are looked down on, because of that what they do. The ‘funny thing’: those who are in the higher classes need to rely on those of lower classes. Otherwise, certain jobs won’t be done.
“Most times the low class accept their lives this way. They don’t believe in themselves. They don’t think anything good can come out of them as a whole. “
When stuck in this lower social class, one cannot get out. This poem is about those who are stuck:
“The depressed people and those who others call losers. They need to know they are everything. They can rise and become better (persons). All it takes is to come together and come up with one vision.”
This poem is what we call a protest-poem. It holds up a mirror, that some of us are afraid to look into. Still, we need to, in order to change injustice like Titilola described. A strong, message!
Dedicated to the nobody
You are my body
When they made us no’s
We made ourselves knowns
Limbs attached to body
Hearts started beating
Dreams became achievement
Metamorphosis of the nobody
They became somebody, A whole body
Interesting is the choice of the words “no” and “yes.” When using the strict rules of grammar, it may seem wrong. In this poem, it doesn’t. It like placing your foot in the wrong position, still walking on, but different.
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