we Summary of the Leader and the Led by Niyi Osundare ~ Naija Poets

SUMMARY OF THE POEM:

Let’s write the context of the poem in prose form.

The antelopes aren’t in support of the lion becoming the leader of the jungle because of the ferocious pounce of his paws on them. Likewise the impalas are scared of the hyena’s lethal appetite.

The whole forest stood on the fact that giraffe eyes is too far from the ground; therefore, he’s not fit for the crown. They saw the fact that zebra possesses too many stripes; therefore he’s not fit for the crown. They saw the fact that strides of the elephant is too deadly; therefore, he’s not fit for the crown.

The forest doesn’t want an ugly king, which is why warthog is not an option and they do not want a riotous king, which is why rhino is not an option as well.

The pack continued to live without a king until the Forest Sage proffered a solution.
The throne should go to any animal with a hybrid of habit. An animal with little quality of a lion; and little quality of a lamb. Such animal must be tough, compassionate, transparent and mysterious.

The pack will remain peaceful, once there is a leader who knows how to be a follower and followers who are mindful of their leadership rights.

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