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    Walt Shakes

    Walter Ude (@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter. He blogs at mymindsnaps.wordpress.com.

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From the cradle my lessons began,

People call it deception

To me it is an everyday life.

Pushed into a circle I do not belong in,

Learning to conceal has become my survival.

I put on my mask and they clap and cheer

Who cares who is behind the mask? No one!

An actor in front of an ever rolling camera is who I am forced to become.

Playing role that its end will be my death

I dance to the tune played by the crowd,

I smile and dazzle

From this task there is no turning back

My legs are planted in too deep

Leaving character will tell my destruction

So I play on

Taking on a role that its end will mean my death.

Written by Uzoma Maduwike behind-the-mask

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  1. Mr Walter… Ur people dey find ma trouble o…. Second writing dat looks like mine o…

  2. wow….the struggle of one afraid to be who they really are…beautiful

  3. uzo

     /  February 10, 2014

    thanks topz


     /  February 10, 2014

    I am so impressed, your future is very bright. Trust me there’s nothing you want to achieve, work hard towards it that you can not achieve. Go boy, l will always pray for you. God will lead you make it.

  5. uzo

     /  February 11, 2014

    Thanks so much

  6. adeline adomi

     /  February 11, 2014


  7. Josephine

     /  March 30, 2014

    Love this.
    A msg just for you though…don’t underestimate the capacity for everyone to continue to love u for you and all of your talents no matter what.


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