The seed was planted by an evil prophesy
We heard it whispered many years ago
It ate up our faith like cancer and unleashed fear in us
Like a weed it grew stronger each day, watered by our enemies’ saliva
Slowly but steadily a thick cloud of darkness formed over us
Like an outbreak of Ebola this evil seed contaminated our minds
As a child believes the father, we believed every word
So we began to live it out
Everything about our lives began to fall in line
Every day that passes brought us to our doom day
The prophet of doom had spoken, Balaam has indeed spoken
Who will save us from Balak, we cried
For it was bound to happen, everything around us testified.
All conditions perfect, an evil harvest so certain.
Our beloved bride will be torn apart in pieces
What sin has she committed to deserve this judgment?
Must your life end as the soothsayer proclaimed?
Queen of Africa fully breasted and endowed
Our hearts can’t bear to watch them rip you apart from your perfect curves
So we prepared to die with you for our loyalty is with you.
But suddenly, I hear a voice saying, who shall go for us, who shall we send?
Surely in a vision I saw a lamb with the strength of a lion and the wisdom of an eagle
Rising from among the people on invisible hands with an unimaginable speed, I was sure to expect the unexpected from the least expected.
He was chosen to cut the tree that grew from the evil seed, now about to bear fruits.
To rescue our queen from this evil prophesy of death
Though he was a lamb, he lived among wolves.
And so smelled like them
Yet in his hands lie the destiny of a nation on the cliff of disintegration
But at the appointed time he found courage to separate himself from the wolves and assumed his true identity in order to cut the evil tree.
And sure enough he did not by the weapons of war but the weapon of a brave heart.
For in a minute phone call, he fulfilled his destiny and kept our beloved nation, Giant of Africa as one indivisible entity.
With divine wisdom encapsulated in his humble soul, he defied the audacity of the prophets of doom
So the forces of evil faded away, while peace and Goodluck reigned in our dear country, NIGERIA.
(c) Ifediora Ugochukwu Emmanuel
This poem was written without prejudice to any person or group but to encourage non-violent elections and peaceful transition of governments in Africa.
Ifediora Ugochukwu Emmanuel is a visionary leader, Electrical Electronics Engineer, public speaker and positive change agent.
At a time of escalating strife
He firmly established unity
In the face of disequilibrium
He weaved an egalitarian society
Before his eyes, this dream became reality
A long walk he took to liberty
The echoes of his steps
Lingers in our memory path
He was laid to rest fulfilled
A pearl for all of humanity.
(MADIBA is the nick name given to the late
Alowo Paul Olaniyi is a Nigerian, a poet, a creative thinker and
a teacher who has written poems shared on social media. He is always a work in progress in the art of spoken word.
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We at Hinovelty happily publish the official shortlist of great souls whose creative works were approved by our judges and they are the contributors whose works will appear in 'The Phenomenal Woman Poetry Anthology‘ book. Below are their names:
Paul Alowo (Nigeria)
Dumiso Gatsha (Botswana)
Idowu Joshua (Nigeria)
Anurag A. Sharma (India)
Koketso Marishane (South Africa)
Amaka Imani Nkosazana (USA)
Trinisa M. Pitts (USA)
Paul Abiola Oku-ola (Nigeria)
Emilly Achieng (Kenya)
Kealeboga Mosekiemang (Botswana)
Olamide Oderinle (Nigeria)
Oloyede Charles Akinropo (Nigeria)
Victoria S Mamvura-Gava
Bob McNeil (USA)
Oyin Oludipe (Nigeria)
Ipinlaye Oluwakamiye Phebe (Nigeria)
Christena AV Williams (Jamaica)
Abegunde Sunday Olaoluwa (Nigeria)
Thabo Moloi (South Africa)
Ralph Llyod (Liberia)
Lennee Reid (USA)
Babajide Michael Olusegun (Nigeria)
Ajise Vincent Olajide (Nigeria)
Zainab Kakal (India)
Paul Kasobya (Uganda)
Elizabeth Adeola Ayoola
Nmakgosi Ophadile Anita Tau (Botswana)
Nomonde Ndwalaza (south Africa)
Mbenkum Elvis Kinyuy (Cameroon)
Lerato Matsaneng (South Africa)
Sigeh Leonard Lenjo (Cameroon)
Mamello Keketso Sago (Botswana)
Tigele Nlebesi (Botswana)
Karoly Sandor Pallai (Hungary)
Kearoma Desiree Mosata
Rosemary Onyango (Kenya)
Eric Kombey W.
Note: Due to emails and calls we received from people asking us to give them few days to submit their poems due to busy work schedule, the deadline for submission has been shifted to 31st July 2014. After this date, entries will no longer be accepted.
Congratulations to you all whose works have been approved. With our writing, we will right the world.
When life seems to be in a halt
You grieve to a fault
So sad to exalt
But want to insult,
Get your mind off the rut!
Don’t feel disappointed
Focus on your desire and be not distracted
And to success you must be attracted.
Never think to expire
Strive to aspire
Work and perspire
And you’ll thrive to inspire.
Tie your lace
Hold the mace
Run with grace
And win the race.
You have been Godipulated, don’t get manipulated
You are appointed not disappointed
In your thinking get enthroned not dethroned.
God don’t cause rife
He is the giver of life
And will make your success come alive.
Your time is coming
You are blossoming
Never live in despondency
Live in cheerful expectancy.
© IFEANYI ENOCH ONUOHA
Like the astrologers
I stare at the skies
Ignoring the flies
And I wonder
The same thing that made them ponder
The same now makes me wander
I may look like a wanderer
But I’m a seeker
Seeking and searching
Trying to find reason
Prying to satisfy my curiosity
So as to better my city
Then I realized that it cannot be fullyfathomed
Though not disappointed
Yet not contented
I’ll continue to seek
In that hidden mine
I’ll someday find mine
And bring back to concrete
© Ogwo David Emenike