If I had to write a message to the world that will be read long after our world as we know it is gone, I would write of the wars between countries, between brothers; long overdrawn battles for supremacy in money and power. I would write of the children that died in almost every place on earth, leaving their parents with little graves to dig;of bombs and bullets coming down like tongues of fire, possessive and intoxicating.
I would write of our men that have been killed to prove a point; to tell us that our lives are negotiable, negligible, excusable. I would write of hunger and hardship caused by the people that kept dasuki-ying our wealth to bury in saok-away pits. Get that!, taking monies meant for us all to bury in the earth!, I would write of these bastards that treated our treasury as their retirement plan.
I would write of love and sadness and how you can be giddy with love one moment and upset the next because “bae” keeps liking that girl’s picture; of fickle love, of lust and loneliness wrapped in shiny papers of love. I would write of envy, pretence, friendship, how easily the lines between them blur and the importance of finding and holding on to the true.
But then I would write on the joy that brings together, like when Agbani was crowned Miss World, Serena won her (insert number) Grand Slam , people thought Beyonce’s marriage was crashing. I would write of Mallam Musa with the leaking roof and children fashioned after Greek gods on my street, on contentment and the things that matter.
I would write of love; steady, familiar and sure love that will never end, that pushes through all the bullshit, that triumphs the distance and plants your feet steady on the ground, that erases all illusions , that disposes of ego. Yes, I would write on love. I would write on family and how to stand for each other and when not to; on the need not to set yourself on fire to keep others warm.
Then I’d remember that the letter is supposed to fit in a bottle so i would write ” Peace, Love, Hope, Trust, Happiness, God” and sign it with a red lipstick.