Poem writing competitions in Nigeria
Nigerians Saving Nigerians, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for democratic ideals in Nigeria is humbled to announce the result of the poetry competition announced on its website on the 29th of September, 2012 in commemoration of its one year anniversary.
Third position: James Onyelucheya, Abia state, Nigeria
Prize: Ten dollars and an autographed copy of the book: “Everything the Light Touches”; a poetry collection by Seun Badejo, Director, Nigerians Saving Nigerians
WATCH MY BACK By James Onyelucheya, Abia state, Nigeria
I heard your cry in the wilderness, the cry of hunger, shelter and security. The sun is too scotchy and the ground too rocky. You shouted, who will save me from this dilemma and I came to your rescue. Because of you I have tilled the ground and cultivated. My hands are soily so that your mouth can be oily. In the past they believed in crude oil but now we believe in palm oil. Come my father’s son let’s join hands together and put food on our mother’s table. But instead, you see me as a jew, and you as gentile, and because of that you have taken me as an enemy and I call you a killer. But let’s not forget that we are from the same mother, sucked the same breast and bearing the same surname but we fight like two giant walls seperated by tower of Babel. My mother’s son! Watch my back, so I can watch your own back and together we can save each other and restore the glory of our fatherland.
Autobiography of James Onyelucheya
My names is James Onyelucheya but popularly known as Jamo-D, the second in a family of five and hail from Isuikwuato L.G.A in Abia State. In 1999, I saw my elder brother win an International Poetry Competition which geared up in me the passion to learn how to write good poems. I told myself, if my brother can write a poem which could win an international competition, I as well can write, that was how I began to write and my first published poem was the poem I wrote for Guardian Newspaper on Nigeria’s Independence day celebration some years ago.
Nigerians Saving Nigerians interview with James Onyelucheya
Nigerians Saving Nigerians: How did you feel when you were told you are the third prize winner of the “Nigerians Saving Nigerians” poetry contest?
James Onyelucheya: I was elated when I heard that I was among the winners because I was actually expecting a good news from the Nigerians Saving Nigerians Poetry competition.
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Is this poem good? writing it for a competition?
The wombthat bares the child so cold and dark
i pay the price for natures evil ways
the mother raises her child-
the small sharp shrunken eyes,
stare, onl to trigger
memory of early times
Dear mother, who not deserving,
bore a child so now needs preserving
kept in glass, tubes, balnkets, light
beep, beep, beep
Yet, the baby grows yet natures waw
a miracle to those who wear white coats
a venge of demons a triumph for man
this age makes life for child so meak
a possibility for those so weak
but why no mercy, why the womb barren
suffering is pai…
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