Author: Olaitan Maryam

When the Lies are Gone

An intense and powerful protest poem by Olaitan that explores ‘living shadows of truths’ and ‘pleasant tortures’, in Different Truths. The living shadows  Of truths visit The tombs Of our minds, And the pristine silence  Of their battered, starved And naked voices echo The joyful sorrow Of truth To the deadness Of our living ears… With […]


Here’s a protest poem by Olaitan with epic sensibility for Different Truths. It’s intense and passionate. Her pain is palpable and it moves from the individual to the cosmic. The fertile womb That lays souls… The robust breast That spills… The seed Of the ancients; The black soil that never withers. The root Of sacred trees; […]

A Glimpse of Lagos, Nigeria

Nigerian author, Olaitan, showcases the rough and tumble of life in Lagos. She brings alive the persona of the city in this beautiful word-sketch exclusively for Different Truths. After the partially peaceful Sunday nights, we wake up to another busy day, Monday. A lot of us wake up before the cocks crow at five o’clock in the morning, one […]

Beneath our Panties

In this poignant verse Nigerian poet, Olaitan, defines a woman, sensitive and vibrant, beyond her anatomy. Beneath our panties are The hot coals Of knocks and punches Of holes and broken punchlines. Beneath our panties are The silent echoes Of oceanic tears; The ones that flow From the heart To the eyes. Beneath our panties are […]

Our Lords and Masters

A hard-hitting protest poem by Nigerian poet, Olaitan. They chorus with their tongues Beneath their jaws: ‘We will fight For your peace’ Behind covered doors, They scrabble our pains, Unclad the nudity  Of our sufferings. Every morning,  Our ears taste  The noise of their chatters. Behind curtains are their manifestos Harvested, sieved, cooked, fried  And […]

Endless Sleep / Five Decades of Red Roses

An open-ended short story from Nigerian author, Olaitan. The quaint mystery heightens the tragedy in Endless Sleep. The second story, Five Decades of Red Roses, is a flashback account of the protagonist. Here are two powerful stories exclusively for Different Truths. Endless Sleep It was like a dream to me; as I watched John cry like a […]

Last Night with Horroria

Olaitan shares an eerie experience. She uses the metaphors of light and darkness and few other elements to create an atmosphere of fear. She had a brush with someone beyond death. Her account in Different Truths. I could not figure out the nature of the noise I heard; I was not sure if it was a […]

Tick Tock / The Sky and Winter

In Tick Tock, Olaitan dwells on the many narratives of time, from the personal to the eternal. Her second poem, The Sky and Winter, is an evocative verse about nature and suffering. Tick Tock The tick tock Of the clock reminds me Of the ding dong Of the bell… Time flies as flies; Days crawl, […]