…for Pelumi

I am,
Because
You are alive,
Coding the nights away
With your fingers
Lost on the Qwerty Island
Finding a companion
From a crowd of a million bugs.

You are,
Because
I participate
In your unknown quest,
Trebling the nights away
In remote cold rooms
Running your race
On the Zeroth law.

We are,
Because
We share
The enormous burden
To make this world
Habitable
For both of us —
Man,
and Machine.

*Rubuntu is coined from “Robot” and “Ubuntu” – an African philosophy denoting the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.

First published by Praxis Magazine

Cover art by Karmughil

Oredola Ibrahim

Oredola Ibrahim

Writer & Entrepreneur

Oredola Ibrahim holds a law degree from the University of Ibadan. He has interest in writing, literature, culture, and journalism, but for the past couple of years, he has been trying to balance those interests with entrepreneurship. His works have appeared on VoicesNet, Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, Poetryzoo, Kreative Diadem, and elsewhere. Alongside Rasaq Malik, he co-edited a Yoruba literary collection titled “Àtẹ́lẹwọ́ Pélébé” in 2018 and has contributed to many other literary collections within and outside Nigeria. When he is not minding his businesses, he is busy dreaming about following Elon Musk to Mars. He’s the co-founder of Naija Sci-Fi.

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