Professor Tope Omoniyi is the Chair of Sociolinguistics in the Department of Media, Culture and Language, Roehampton University, in London. He is an accomplished scholar with numerous academic publications in sociolinguistics to his name. He is also a poet and the author of Farting Presidents & Other Poems (Kraft Books, 2001). His poems have also appeared in journals in Nigeria (ANA Review), Singapore (AWARE), Malaysia (Tenggara & The Gombak Review), USA (Quill Books and Anthropology & Humanism), UK (The Unruly Sun), seven Forward Press anthologies, and in Sweden (Nordic African Institute Newsletter), and African Writing On-line. In 1985, he won a runner-up prize in the National Anti-Apartheid Poetry Competition in Nigeria and in 2001 he received a honourable mention in the Anthropology & Humanism Annual Poetry Competition. Read his poem: I hate the past tense….