Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari on ResearchGate


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A LIBRARY FOR UWA by Shade Adepoju

A library poem by Shade Adepoju

Uwaila Omozuwa
Those who raped Uwa Omozuwa, leading to her death, must have kept a trail on her. 
They must have known she was headed for the church at that point in time on that fateful day.
They must have known she found the church as an option to a library that was never available for her to study.

Uwa's is a story of failure
The failure of hope, in our desire to return the dying reading culture among young people.
Uwa's community failed her.
Her country failed her.
The lack of a library failed her.
We failed her.

We should have known better to avail Uwa a Library to read.
Her community would have obliged her a library to read
Her country should have obliged her a library to read
Maybe, just may be, she would have still been alive.
If only Uwa had a library in her community. 
She wouldn't have been exposed to the company of her rapists, alone.
If only governments funded libraries.
There would have been several for other Uwas who love to read.
If only governments would do better, virtual libraries will offer benefits to users with remote access.

For every Uwa out there in search of a place to read.
You don't deserve to die in pursuit of it.
It should not be.

Your community owes you a library, if government fails to provide one.
We owe one another a  library.
As everyone deserves one

Just as Uwa did.


-Shade Adepoju. 
National Library of Nigeria

Uwaila Omozuwa simply known as Uwa, was the first-year Microbiology student of the University of Benin who was raped and brutally murdered while studying in a church in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria on May 27, 2020.

No comments:

Post a Comment