Exactly one year after the death of world renowned poet Dr. Maya Angelou, Hinovelty – a Nigerian based life-betterment organization has launched an anthology of over 50 poems dedicated to Dr. Maya Angelou titled ‘The Phenomenal Woman Poetry Anthology: A Collection of Poems in Honor of Dr. Maya Angelou.’
The book features works from poets from different countries including the USA, Nigeria, India, South Africa, Botswana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Hungary, Philipine, Cameroun, Ghana, et cetera. This book was officially unveiled on 28th May 2015.
The idea for the book was inspired by Dr. Angelou in her role as an author, civil rights activist, teacher, life mentor and by and large her written contributions that changed the lives of many people.
“The anthology is a dedication honoring the poetic icon, Dr. Angelou who left a legacy for us to thrive and better ourselves and the communities in which we live”, said Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha, a leader at Hinovelty.
In June 2014, Hinovelty put out a call to action on their blog, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on other blogs and news sites, requesting writers to submit their poems for the anthology.
They received an overwhelming contribution of poems submitted by poets from all over the world.
“The book was written to cause a social change that upholds values and uproots vices through the celebration of good role models, such as Dr. Angelou and to inspire the reader to live a purpose-driven life. And secondly to remind Dr. Angelou’s family that her memory and good works will be evergreen in our own lives”, added Mr Onuoha.
The contributing poets include published authors and prolific poets who are seasoned as well as uprising ones.
“As a young published author I have always been inspired by Maya Angelou and it’s a humbling experience for me to be a part of this history making experience, where I get the opportunity to honor the great woman that she was”, said Lerato Matsaneng a contributing poet and co-editor of the anthology.
Ogwo David Emenike, a young sage and poet is a co-editor of this work.The foreword of this book was written by Eriata Oribhabor, a renown poet and poetry promoter.
All the proceeds from the book will be used for youth and women empowerment programs.
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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.
We are happy to publish the final Shortlist for ‘The Phenomenal Woman Poetry Anthology’ in honor of Maya Angelou.
Here is the list of poets and writers whose work will appear in this book of legacy:
Christen a AV William
Karoly Sandor Pallor
Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo
Mamello Keketso Sago
Abegunde Sunday Olaoluwa
Dan Saefullah Mustapha
Anurag A. Sharma
Amaka Imani Nkosazana
Mbenkum Elvis Kinyuy
Victoria Sophie Mamvura-Giwa
Trinisa M. Pitts
Eric Kombey Wolete
Oloyede Charles Akinropo
Mmakgosi Ophadile Tau
Ngoanannete David Lekhanya
Sigeh Leonard Lenjo
Oy in Oludipe
Ipinlaye Oluwakamiye Phoebe
Bismark Seth Okpoku
Paul Abiola Oku-Ola
Melissa Carruthers Wilson
Ogwo David Emenike
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
We at Hinovelty congratulate you all for being chosen for this ageless work.
“With our writing, we will right the world.”
“Words are powerful and writers are the true lighters of a society.”
– Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Writing is something that has to be worked on if the aim is to communicate and engage with readers. It is a craft which requires creative thinking, hard work, planning, research, revision, careful use of words and a sense of purpose.
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* Network with published and aspiring writers of different genres.
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* Avenue to meet and greet with great souls.
Date: Saturday 27th September 2014
Venue: Xtraval Leadership Center
38 Mbari Street, Ikenegbu, Owerri
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This event is a safe place to rub minds, talk shop, learn cutting edge tips, tricks and techniques to become not just a writer but a holistically developed person.
“With our writing, we can right our society.”
– Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Note: At Hinovelty, we are focused and on helping be your best.
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.
Just want to blow up to the limelight
Forgetting there is darkness to ignite.
Woke up one night,
I discovered the moonlight.
I thought it embraced the sky in a twinkle of an eye
But the nature took me through processes
I saw a candle light consuming a mighty mansion.
Miles can’t be covered in a day, it starts with a step.
The creation of the world wasn’t a child’s play
But it’s beauty keeps us living.
Uphold the tower of patience,
Behold peace,when situations are unbearable.
Hit hard the blockage to your destination
And light up you generation’s darkness.
Never give up
Either failure nor success
Keep the fire burning
Don’t render yourself helpless
Don’t blame your failure on anyone
So that it won’t deny you succeeding
the strength to rise above it.
Mankind must encounter challenges
And overcoming them depends on your heart of believing
Visualize the gift of your inheritance
Prove to the night,you are better then the moonlight.
Be contented with your inheritance.
Don’t be caged by others styles,
It may leads to your destruction.
Instead innovate a healthy style for them to copy.
Don’t be forced to hell by frustrations
rise above your tribulations.
Ignore shames to conquer blames
Take charge of your destiny to gain your birthrights.
Don’t turn yourself into an hypocrite of success
And live forever like a wise king.
Idowu Joshua is a Nigerian-born young poet, raised in Ibadan, a native of Ekiti State. He loves making friends, sketching and writing. He began writing some years ago when he was inspired by a teacher. This young penpro is talented and has a bright future.
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