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An unfinished man

Dipo Baruwa-Etti
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This hex has festered,
iss roots have been stuck
for almost three decades.
I’ve been oblivious
but now I know.
Thuh Lord has made it known.

I can’t ignore it now iss known.
Gotta battle.
Gotta fight.

Kayode has been unemployed for seven years. His marriage is suffering. He needs to get help. His mother knows exactly what to do.

Juju exists, spirits battle, and the witches and wizards of Lagos chant loudly in East London.

Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s An unfinished man premiered at The Yard, London, in February 2021.


Dipo Baruwa-Etti is a playwright, poet, and filmmaker. In 2020, he was shortlisted for the George Devine Award and was the Channel 4 playwright on attachment at Almeida Theatre. Upcoming work includes An unfinished man (The Yard Theatre). For screen, he is in post-production on a BFI/BBC short film as writer-director, and has several original series in development. His poetry…

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