SIMPLICITY BRINGS FAME, OSTENTATION BRINGS NOTORIETY.
Simple white robes,
One pair of slippers,
One pair of round metal rimmed glasses,
No automobiles, rode in a borrowed Ford.
No real estate, no property.
And respected by the world.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
Crippled by polio,
But buoyed by politics.
Galvanized the masses,
And laid the foundation of a socialized American society,
Thereby elevating the nation.
John F. Kennedy,
Young, brash, bold, and innovative.
Raised in aristocratic opulence,
But championed equity and justice.
Brought America worldwide empathy, through the Peace Corps.
And paid with his life for championing social justice.
Nelson Madiba Mandela,
Fought injustice with all his might,
Spent the most productive part of his life,
In solitary confinement on Robben Island Gulag.
His sacrifice liberated the nation,
And his distaste for vengeance
Spared South Africa unnecessary bloodshed.
Raised in poor backgrounds,
Lying and praise singing their ways, into the corridors of power,
Are subsequently rewarded with political and financial patronage.
And ostentatious display of megalomania becomes their mantra.
These Nigerian politicians,
Travel with a coterie of sycophants,
That would rival Mansa Musa of Mali.
Have more automobiles than Mercedes, Nissan, and Chrysler combined.
More concubines than a Turkish Sultan,
And enough jet aircrafts to start an airline.
While the non-Nigerian politicians,
Are famous for their legacies by succeeding generations.
Are forgotten by succeeding generations,
Except as examples of notoriety, opulence, and misanthropy.
The Nigerian politicians are discarded,
Into the dustbin of history.
Their names crop up occasionally when
Their ostentatious display of bacchanality,
Outlandish parties and obscene funerals
Remind people of their ephemerality.