INTERVIEW: NIGERIAN WRITERS SCHEMED OUT OF FG COMMITTEE ON COVID-19 FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

BM Dzukogi

An interview with BM Dzukogi by Ojo Olumide

Good day Sir, we appreciate you for granting us an audience with you.

Thanks too.

1.We are aware of your position as a member of the Federal Government Committee on the Creative Industry. Can you share with us the goals of the committee?

The committee is to come up with ways to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on the Creative Industry which writers belong to. We have four weeks to complete the assignment. As we were made to understand, palliatives in form of credits, grants and supports would be designed for the industry by the Federal Government to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

  1. We also want to know what roles you have played in seeing that Writers and other creatives within it’s sub-sectors gets the recognition and support they need in the scheme of things?

It is the reason why I lamented on Facebook. FG initially excluded writers, so, it was our cry that led to my admission into the committee. A member of the House of Reps, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdul from Niger State (a supporter of Nigerian Writers in Niger) presented our case to the Hon. Minister of Information who later appointed me into the committee. My life has all been about the promotion of literary art and writers. I argue strongly on the committee for writers. This view point led to my expulsion by the comedian called Alibaba. He chairs the committee.

  1. We are aware of the deliberate ploy to sideline writers even in the initial setup of the committee, are the writers getting the right foot hold in the committee?

With my removal, the road ends for Nigerian writers on the committee. I want to guess that perhaps, the idea to convene the group was Alibaba’s seeing the unilateralist stand he removed me with. He did so without informing the Minister who appointed me and him. Very dictatorial a character he was. All the caricature he makes of our leaders in his comedy is a representation of himself. Very strange that the Minister allowed it without a word.

  1. So where do you stand now?

It is for the Nigerian Writers to take a stand. I made a case for them which resulted in the few strong positions I took. I have reported to writers in our platforms. I have sent them the screen shots of the discussions that led to my eviction. The rest is theirs, it is not me. Nollywood has unlimited powers in the Federal Ministry of Information, writers have none. It is not fair because we all own the government.

  1. Why are writers so neglected by governments in Nigeria but giving honour to Comedians and Nollywood?

Popular culture gives attraction more than critical culture. Nigerian Federal Government loves them more than us. Government ought to be a critical enterprise than should be friendly to writers for input. However, if they tilt towards comedians, it is a choice of their attraction.

  1. Who will stand for writers in the absence of FG support for their growth?

Writers should organise themselves and look for outlets for themselves. They should unify their goals for greater result.

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A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF ALHAJI IBRAHIM MUHAMMAD SOKODEKE.(TALBAN SAMARI)2023 GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE NIGER STATE.

By Faruk Gbate

21st May 2020

Photo portrait of Alhaji Ibra

Alhaji Ibrahim was born in the year 1969, 10 October in Bida Local government Niger state into the family of late Muhammadu kudu Ibrahim “Ya kudu” (Salama Nupe) and late Hajiya Maimuna Ibrahim.
Ibrahim was named after the death of his paternal grandfather Nma Kuso who is at then Hakimi Jeba and a islamic cleric who is a brother to HRH Alh.(Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar (Etsu Nupe) from kusodu family.


Ibrahim originated from royal clan of kusodu dynasty, he was 12years when he had his Quranic graduation with the current imam of kin-Nupe Mall. Adamu Yakatun since before he finished his primary education.
Ibrahim begins his primary education from dokodza primary school and later join South primary school Bida which is now called Abubakar Anike Primary School Egbangbara Bida. He proceeded to Ndayako Secondary school Bida in 1981 and graduated 1988 as the first set of graduated students of the school. After which he gained admission into Zungeru College of Administrative Studies (ZUCAS) in Zungeru Niger state where he had a 1 year course and later when the Campus was relocated to Bida he had his 2years Professional Diploma at that period he was already a civil servant working with the state government under Ministry of Art & Culture. He didn’t stop there and proceeded to University of Abuja as a versatile Political Scientist and a correspondence students with Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he studied international Relations as additional course.
Ibrahim have a penchant for Engineering as a field of study after he met some of his friends who are from Egypt and Libya, where he was attached with professionals in construction company which lead him to visit Wusih city in china, Shanghai and Mongolia (great wall) etc. He had a 3 months training on hydro test, pilling, drilling, casing and Beam.
Ibrahim is an Administrator, Business Man Com Engineer. He had his first project in Bayalsa State the project which was in collaboration with Delta State government to construct Bridge in Ndukwa West/South in Kwale community.
Ibrahim is found of having many names which has covered his real name like “Sokodeke” and “Talban Samari” this name were giving to him following many antecedents.
Sokodeke in English means “God Has/have More” he realized this name when he wanted to establish a company and he decisively register his companies and Organizations with Sokodeke. He is the Chief Executive Officer of

  1. Sokodeke Global Foundation
  2. Sokodeke Global Kago Travels
  3. Sokodeke Global Services.
    Through Sokodeke Global Kago Travels helped allots of Pilgrimages on Financial advice and assistance which he become a link between the pilgrimages and Jaiz Bank to help in loan and related financial services.

Through Sokodeke Global Services he was the first person to give loan of Vehicles to workers of the late Etsu Nupe Dr. Umaru Sanda Ndayako. He also extended this project to Federal Polytechnic Bida where he also give loan to Staffs and Non staffs in other to help their transportation problems.

Through Sokodeke Global foundation which focuses on Humanitarian services and Social development has empowered Youths and women, provided Books to Primary school students, provided chairs to primary schools through Kin-Nupe Development Network where he doubles as Financial partner.

Talban Samari is a traditional tittle conferred on him by HRH. Alh. (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar Etsu Nupe & Chairman Niger state traditional holders through chiroman Nupe, this was due to his tremendous contributions to the kingdom.
All this can be regards as an essential component of leadership.
communication is also vital, anyone who would by now got the chance to talk with Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad sokodeke you will agree with me that he is a Leader and he have ways of conveying what he stand for. He is a decent speaker and an engaging interviewee.
If I were forced to list the absolute number one qualification of him i would say experience and background in major life battles, epic conflicts that have help in shaping how real political giants ought to be.

He is a leader who possess boundless energy and the ability to respond to unexpected crises. He has the appearance of boldness.
He is genuinely courageous, and able to resist orthodoxy. He is a leader who is indifferent to criticism and attacks from people.

For a Better Niger State i Present to you Alhaji Ibrahim Yahaya Mohammed sokodeke
(Talban Samari) for Governor 2023 insha Allah.

Hardwork Pays – Interview with ECOWAS Youth Ambassador

ECOWAS Youth Ambassador, Ikeakhe Moses Ehigie, speaks on his career, how he achieved success at a very young age and established a multi-business agglomerate in Nigeria.

What’s your background like?

I am from Uromi, Esan-East North Local Government Area of Edo State and I was born and brought up in Benin City, the state capital. I was born on March 26, 1994, into a family of nine: six girls and three boys. My primary education was at Hills International School and my secondary school education was at Uniben Demonstration Secondary School, UDSS, both in Benin City.

I did my bachelor’s degree in Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA. I am currently studying Media Communication and Business in Moscow, Russia. I also have a degree in International Relations.

As a well-established businessman, what’s your experience?

I have been in business for a decade now. I believe in consistency and hard-work. These are some of my secrets and mind you, I have failed so many times. We will win only if we fail and learn from our failures.

I am into media, hospitality and entertainment. I have been able to build an empire that serves as a movement for the African youths. I believe that age shouldn’t be a barrier to set up something for yourself or community. We should be carriers of diligence and encouragement. I started business very early and got inspired by my lovely mom, Mrs. Caroline Ikeakhe.

But generally, I am from a business-minded home where I grew up watching people hustle in every corner of my home. For instance, my parents were owners of a bakery. Now, I can happily say that I am the Chief Executive Officer to Born Winners Empire, BWE. This is a brand that has given hundreds of Nigerian youths jobs and millions of youths a platform including Frost Water, El-Castillo and Caroline’s Kitchen with BWE Studios and BWE TV.

We are currently building the biggest animation studio in Nigeria, where we will bring many untold stories to life and we will give back our culture and history to our kids and younger generation. Lest I forget, we are also working on a full-time 3D animation movie entitled Alobe Virus. Please watch-out for it.

What was the biggest challenge you faced?

Criticism, which I rather see as a motivation. We live in a space where age is a big factor. I get “you are to young to be making money” because I understand our mindset in Nigeria. In line with that, I organised a youth empowerment conference in 2018 entitled “The Future”, where I had some of our stars in every industry that are doing well for themselves and the community to talk to 600 youths. This was a free event for the youths. It was a huge success because the feedback was great.

I started business at a very tender age. I started investing little pennies and flipping it twice and that built my courage that the more I save to do this, I could make more money out of it.

Additionally, it hasn’t been easy for start-up businesses in Nigeria. This is because we are faced with all kinds of challenges; from lack of electricity to unaccounted taxes and others. The truth is that it’s not every business trip you embark on that will flourish in initially. Most business would instead require loads of time to grow, as in the development and productivity of a human being. Nevertheless, one important thing an entrepreneur must be oriented on is that businesses need bounties of encouragement and fuelling.

What has kept you going?

I have so much believe in my goals and vision. I knew my business ideas would lead me to success regardless of the challenges, so I was ready to fail so many times. The fearless spirit in me was really helpful in the hard times and for sure, God has been very supportive. The Nigerian market is big and underrated. Our population alone is a big factor to enhancing business success. We are over 200 million and that is a huge figure for the growth of a business and this is what we are building to engage and utilise the entire populace.

Have you ever felt like quitting?

Nay. I have never for once felt like quitting, because each time I think deeper, I got to realise that I have millions of youths looking up to me, including the generation unborn. So I stayed strong and always I get motivated by the youths I mentor. Then I turn to myself and say, I have to keep the train moving.

You are well travelled. How do Nigerian youths compare to those of other developing nations?

Well, I will say I am really impressed with what I see and hear about Nigerian youths. We are making good waves in every part of the world and we always adapt easily into a new system far different from where we come from. Most of the best doctors are in the Nigerians, as well as the best technicians. I will use this opportunity to give accolades to the young man with name Silas Adekunle, Co-Founder of Reach Robotics. I am sure you know his story. Its time the world recognises Nigeria as a great nation.

Say something about your ECOWAS Youth Ambassadorship?

I was very surprised when I got a leadership award recognition from ECOWAS Youth Council in 2018. That’s after I did my first youth empowerment conference. It is a huge honour for me and I am just getting started to serve the people and my community. I am looking forward to greater things ahead.

Going forward, I will still be here creating opportunities, platforms and serving the people. I have been striving for a global reach-out to keep the flag up and tell the world what we stand for.

What is your philosophy of life?

Life is a race that has a dead end, but while we are running we should carry our competitors along. Whether they fall or get tired, we are edging to the same dead end. Forget who gets there first, simply create a giant impact and love.

What’s your hobby/pastime?

I have a lot of hobbies. I love sport; football especially. I love to read all kind of books, good or bad and I learn from every situation. Travelling is another way to educate myself, so I do that often because I believe that “knowledge is never too much”.

I enjoy dancing and singing even though I don’t know most of the lyrics.

Again, I enjoy driving too and off course cleaning, as one of my best therapy. A lot more, I am a very different person and I am still growing to new things that keeps me positive and happy.

Who’s the lucky woman?

My mom and my future daughter are the lucky women.

Any advice to the weak young ones out there?

Stay strong! I know its hard to stay strong but look out for someone that you can connect with all the time. This same person might be doing better than you in most cases, but that is the thing, that is the strong energy that will always charge you up and follow his/her good steps to greatness. Life is not easy for just you, but everyone. People should only try to live it without sorrows and negativity.

Source: Vanguard

Splendors Of Dawn Poetry Competition;November edition winner

The splendors of dawn poetry foundation on the 2nd of December announced on their social media platforms – the November winner of their monthly Poetry & Short story competition sponsored by CITAD and MACArthur foundation on anti-corruption. The competition was themed on “The Blame Game” which triggered in many entries from different part of Nigeria during the November competition period that was left open for a two full weeks.

The November judge Mrs Prudence Obadan Enuijofor is the CEO of Tallhouse. ( Tallhouse is a human development and consulting firm) and she did a hectic work in picking out the winner of the monthly contest. Below are the details of the November winner:

 

 

A game of blames.

 

Corruption tiptoed into our country

& turned our system to a heap of impunity

Filling the air with deadly stench –

threatening to sniff life out of our land.

We want a cure for our ailment,

But toss the dice of pointing fingers,

run the race of mutual suspicion,

& play the ball of ethnicity

To climb out of this cave,

We hold a mirror of accountability;

you & me.

#No2Corruption

#Vote4Accountability

Biography

Olaewe David Opeyemi is a budding Nigerian Physician and writer. He believes writing is a veritable instrument for social transformation. He has been published in a few local and international literary journal. He currently writes from Birnin Kebbi, Northern Nigeria.

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BUILDING AND STRENGTHENING READING CULTURE IN THROUGH THE UTILIZATION OF CLASS LIBRARY/ READING CORNER BY OJO OLUMIDE EMMANUEL

Published by: Yusuf BM

Introduction

Over the years there have been outcries by parents, academicians and the society in general about the ever declining reading culture prevalent in our contemporary society. All sorts of blames has been ascribed to the government for low budgetary allocation for education and their unimplemented/ changing educational policies and many other issues. The school and the teachers have also been found culpable for not doing enough in encouraging reading among our young ones although this is also dependent on the amount of teaching resources and materials within the teacher’s disposal.

To be more critical, blame games or whose fault does not solve problems neither does it identify the cause objectively rather it provides an avenue for us to express our bias way of excusing responsibility and deny the face of reality.

According to Sir B.M Dzukogi the founder and senior mentor of Hilltop Creative Art Foundation based in Minna, “No child does not want to read, it is only that the parents, society and government have not provided the books for the child to read. The child’s mind is full of questions and of course if the parents are unavailable for the child, books can answer these questions. The child should be provided with books and see whether the child will read it or not.”

In achieving reading, the foundation usually appeal to parents to create a bookshelf for their children and stock it with relevant books before they are admitted into the creative art foundation. This is to instil reading in them as it is expected that a good reader will one day metamorphose into a good writer because books inspires, motivates, encourage, redefine, refreshes, remodels and serves as a mechanism towards achieving unmatched success academically and in other facet of life. The only way a child’s creative ability can be fine-tuned is by encouraging and motivating the child to read without ceasing.

The child’s mind is a playground not just for the mundane and unserious things but also a fertile ground to deposit knowledge. Children are fascinated by fine-looking pictures, illustrations, colours and everything that has aesthetic brilliance. When the child sees anything that fascinates him/her, the child’s mind is boggled with questions and the curiosity to know what that object represents outplays in the child’s mind that is why children’s book (stories and textbooks) are stuffed with everything that can capture their attention toward craving to read such materials.

Process of Imbibing Reading Culture in the Child through Class Library
The basic skills of a language include Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Among these skills, Reading appears to be the most potent and glaring sign of an educated person. An individual can scribble and it will still be considered as writing but in the case of reading, once an individual does not know how to read, there is no way he or she can shield him/(her)self except to learn how to read. Reading involves one’s ability to interact, comprehend, interpret and make inference from a written text be it in soft copy or hard copy format.
The Library which is a store house for books and other relevant materials is one of the most deserted places in our present generation perhaps due to the auspicious space and haven of information available on the internet which allows one can access by just a click. Both the children and adults no longer read, they rely solely on the internet and prefers to pick whatever information they need from the internet and this is doing so much harm to the learners. Examination malpractices as a result of people using mobile phones in the examination hall and many other issues are all offshoot of the declining reading habit prevalent in our society.

A potent way to salvage this situation is to catch the children young by imbibing reading culture in the pupils from the basic school level. Once they make reading a hobby, it will be easy to consolidate on it at the senior secondary school level. Although most schools possess School Libraries except for few, accessibility to the Library and books is a bit bureaucratic, thereby discouraging many from using the library or borrow books. Some also have the habit of mishandling the books or not returning the books they borrow. This is where class library comes in.

The class Library is a small area within the classroom which may contain a few shelves stocked with good and germane books. As a teacher of Basic Five (5) working with Hill Crest International School, Minna, I observed that a good number of my pupils do not take out time to read except during Assessment Test or Terminal Examinations. Within my teaching periods, the school timetable instructs me to teach “reading” and “comprehension” separately. In keeping to my tasks, I decided to revolutionize the tides of my empty class shelve into a beehive of activities. I kick started it by encouraging my pupils to tell their parents to buy them two books each which they would donate to the class library. Since I teach English studies to two (2) Basic Five arms which nineteen (19) pupils in each class totalling thirty-eight(38) pupils, I knew that if two or more books are donated, we would have at least seventy-six (76) books. Due to the excitement in the hearts of my pupils towards doing something new: “A Class Library Project”, some even donated up to four (4) books. With the increasing number of books donated daily, it is expected that by the end of the term, the average pupil should have read close to thirty (30) books while the excellent ones could take the adventure of reading close to fifty books. This is because most of the stories are not voluminous.

The next point of call for me is to select a “Class Librarian”. I selected one male (Sabiq Anas) and one female (Amina Mohammed Kudu) pupil to take up the task. One of the questions they pushed to me is “Sir, what will be our job?” without mincing words, I explained to them that the boy’s job is to document the names of the donors (pupils), the title of the donated book and the amount of books donated. The female Librarian’s job is to register the names of any pupil that borrows a book from the Library. She is to document the books borrowed and the time of returning it. Teachers too have been fascinated with this and one even borrowed two books from the library.

Apart from the fact that the pupils stands to benefit immensely from this project academically, subconsciously, leadership/follower-ship skill is imbibed in the pupils for example, those serving as Librarians are subconsciously learning responsibility, integrity, honesty and accountability in keeping records. The other pupils have also been instructed on the limits to which they can go to the shelves, how they can formally request a book from the Librarians and the number of days they are to read the books borrowed (2 days). As such, both the leaders and the led must follow due process which is the mark of a well cultured leader/follower after all, a good follower will one day grow to become a responsible leader.

Within a week of the advent of the Class Library, most of the pupils have read close to eight (8) books with some finishing two books a day. Instead of making unnecessary noise in the classroom, those times have been utilized productively through reading stories. Also as their teacher, I ensured they take record of the books they have read, the title of the books, the author, a brief summary of the book and the lessons learnt from each book. In getting viable feedbacks, I ensured they read their summary before their classmates and also retell the stories they have read. With all this new development, the pupil’s basic language skills have drastically improved. They now write good compositions, speak good English and the number of their vocabularies has improved. My only appeal is that this project be sustained and other people should willingly donate to this library and every other class libraries around them.
In conclusion, it is said that “readers are leaders”. With everything said and done, I would like to suggest that every school inculcates the class library system into their classes across the country. We can build a culture of reading among our pupils if they are motivated and encouraged to embrace reading by creating a reading corner/library in the classroom. It must also be stocked with good books that contain attractive pictures and illustrations. The pupils should also be allowed access to these books and ensure they read them. The teacher must show them good examples by reading the books with the pupils, sharing conversations with the pupils about what they have read and ensuring they choose books of their choice.
Parents should also make it a habit to buy storybooks and other text for their wards weekly or monthly, set aside reading periods at home and also donate to their wards class libraries. Concerned citizens and NGO’s can also donate to this kind of project anywhere it is done.
The Government should also ensure they stock our public schools and Libraries with good bookshelves and books. They must increase budgetary allocation for the education sector and ensure close monitoring of any project in this sector.
We must stop the blaming anybody for the ever increasing decline in the reading culture in our society. Children love to read, it is only that they are not provided with books to read. With this I appeal to every teacher/schools to launch the #Class Library Project Campaign in every school in Nigeria.

Author’s Biography


Ojo Olumide Emmanuel is a writer, teacher and a spoken word artist. He works as a Radio Presenter with Ultimate F.M 103.9, Campus Radio, College of Education Minna, on the Poetry-Spoken Word Show “Voices of the Pen”. He is a proud member of the Hilltop Creative Art Foundation in Minna where he serves as the Librarian. He writes Poem, Essays, Short story, Travelogue and Flash fiction. His works have featured and forthcoming on Core-Magazine Africa, Poetry of Moon, Poetry World, International Books on Social Media Literature, Indian Classicism, Pictorial Poetry Coffee Book, Love My Religion, Raindrop of love, voice of voiceless anthology, The conclusion magazine, Imomotimi anthology, 50 poetry salutes for Ikeogu Oke, Writer space Africa and many more. He is also a winner of the Pin 10-days poetry challenge (May, 2019), Winner Poet choice award by Rotaract club of church gate India.

FATE MADE ME AN ACCIDENTAL SCIENTIST; PASSION MADE ME AN ARTIST By Jemilah Musa

Published: Yusuf BM

Of course, having the courage to write and delineate from my dull head is the greatest pride of all time.

Yes! I’m an accidental scientist; who was compelled to mix acid with water, crammed generation X and Y’s laws and theories, memorized botanical names and confusing kingdoms, learned about the Greek Alphabets, I was way like a magnitude with no direction, for three fascinating years. I battled so hard to make my parents proud. Which until today, I’ve never ceased to amaze them.

Recollecting the way I remonstrated about how fate dragged me to Science, my passionate love for Art and my fruitless dream of becoming a ‘journalist still hangs on the rope of reality.

Back then in junior secondary school, I joined the ‘Debate and press society’ solely with the thought of becoming a broadcasting journalist the world craves for. I strived hard and got the best training and experience one could pray for. With a fervent expectancy, I could vividly remember how I rehearsed anxiously until my first day on stage comes forth. Everyone was always impressed and stunned on how a junior student sojourned and boldly stood for ‘the daily news’. Stage fright, errors, mispronunciations has taken a good advantage of me. Yet, I was applauded and ranked “a girl of some distinctions”. As of then, my name needs not to be mentioned twice. I’m proud of that because, great names are rare.

After my Junior WAEC, I graded with Five distinctions in Sciences, Three credits; in Basic computer, Civic education and Home economics, Five passes in Arts; Art and music, physical education, Practical Agriculture, Business studies and for sure despised Mathematics. Making a total of thirteen subjects, dynamically as life changes, new rule was made. “Interviews must be done, before one qualifies for a desired class “. Despite my result, I remained adamant on my choice for the Arts.

Tick tock! Time clocks, the Vice Principal Academic was to interview me. “I know this man, I won’t have any problem”. I thought.

Mallam Ibrahim F.M. took my credentials to have a glimpse at, after which he threw a question at me “What class do you desire, and why?.” I boldly confided to him why I wanted to study Art to become a Television broadcasting agent. I even stressed to mention BBC being the station I had in mind. He asked questions from literature, I had to stutter incorrect answers before I woefully failed. (Amazingly, I never did Literature and was very poor in secondary school).

Furthermore, questions were asked on sciences, I tearfully answered them correctly. Mallam Ibrahim scanned my result and approved me for ‘Science class’. Life entirely disconcerted and that was the beginning of my ‘fateful journey’.

Admittedly, Life wasn’t fair to me. I had to face a lot of setbacks .Only few mates understood what I’ve gone through. Those dark days I felt like quitting, moments I cried out loud alone in a quiet place, time I had cursed fate for taking a dreadful turn upon me- situations where staffs called me “Dumb-Head girl”, competition I attended but failed to bring back trophies – moments I was laughed at for making puny efforts- I had to take extra classes when everyone has gone out for Break. All these challenges didn’t change me to a ‘Truant’, I fumed in everything.

And one Day, I scoured myself to realize what I was actually lacking. At seventeen of age, I was able to learn a precocious talent in me- Art of Poetry. I worked extremely hard to cope with the sciences, which I succeeded and passed SSCE with quite good grades, scored 189 in JAMB and applied for Biology in the prestigious Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (Lapai) and was offered ‘Biology Education’ which I’m grateful for.

And today, with a self-satisfied smile I say I’m proud of studying Biology Education, and I felt I’m off the shackles for my dreams are possibly coming true. I met amazing individuals who are mentoring me. I’m not just a poetess today but also a performing poet, and a motivational speaker.

I’ve sidelined a time for my “Passion” and “Fate”

I am dancing to fate’s tone while singing a passionate song to my heart. I’ve learned to mould my words and play with them. I don’t have to go with others opinion. I have learned to pick decision at suitable moments. Albeit, Art has given me an avenue to express my feelings in click on a sheet of paper, I’m more prodigious than the fazed girl in the past. And I don’t see reading sciences as a hinder to my qualities and potentials. I’m working hard to make a difference; I can’t change or defy Destiny. Certainly, I’m lobbying and making it real. Life has taught me how to utilize any given opportunity.

Today, I am for the Science and Passionate about Arts.

AUTHOR’S PROFILE

The 18 years old Musa Jemilah was born on 22nd January 2001 in Minna, Niger state.
She did her primary at Chanchaga Primary school, Minna and further continued from Day Secondary school Chanchaga now known as Government Science college,Minna.

Musa Jemilah held the post of Head Girl, Vice Ameerah and news editor during her secondary school days.

Currently a 200L student of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida university, lapai. Studying Biology education. She’s passionate about Art and phonetography. She’s a Teen poet, motivational speaker and spoken words artist. She had performed her poems at ‘Night of Poetry and drama’, ‘Lapai Book chat and open mic’ and ‘9rords hangout’. Her poem “Priceless Father” was published in an Anthology. She was a prize winner of the Almajiri contest on Poetic Wednesdays.
Musa Jemilah believes that “Fate can’t be changed, but can be defy”
She’s striving to make a difference and change people’s life with little she has; Age she said doesn’t matter.

She loves making new friends and trying out new things. She watch movies at leisure.

Splendor Of Dawn Poetry Competition September Winner – Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto

The Splendors of dawn poetry competition sponsored by CITAD with support from MacArthur Foundation on anti corruption – September edition was quite tough one. It was based on Accounting for Nigerian Lives which raised a lot of questions and expressions expressed through the various entries (poems and short stories).

“In every war there’s always a defeater”. The judge of the competition -Efe Paul Azino- popular know as one the prolific poets in Nigeria did a wonderful job, which we also commend him for such energetic effort.

The winner of the September edition, Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto really put a lot craft in his work, a much congratulations to him.

Details of winner below:

BIOGRAPHY:

Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto (@ChinuaEzenwa) is from Owerri-Nkworji in Nkwerre, Imo state, Nigeria and grew up between Germany and Nigeria. Some of his works have appeared in Lunaris Review, AFREADA, Rush Magazine, Kalahari Review, Palette, Knicknackery, Praxismagazine, Bakwa Magazine, Strange Horizons, One, Ake Review, Crannòg magazine and elsewhere.

ENTRY:

Brothers in Arms: This is not an Xbox Stimulation
I think I’ve worshipped all my fears enough.

And I wonder why people, here and there, carry a constellation of darkness.

The same moon reflecting here, reflects there and anywhere else.

History has clawed us into vineyard ribbons
& I keep having dreams where people’re ripped into bits.

But here I am. Here we are: shimmering skins.
Once neighbours. Now strangers.
I mean: on seeing one another something breaks.

So I plead: by our different prayers, different shades
let’s soften our bodies with our sweats in love.

# no2corruption
# vote4accountability

Splendors Of Dawn Poetry Competition August Winner – MC Yunus

Splendors of Dawn Poetry Foundation are still moving with much energy in the monthly contest which is sponsored by CITAD with support from MacArthur Foundation on anti corruption. The August competition was vivacious and gratitude goes to the judge, Benjamin Ubiri. He is the author of one of the recent poetry books in the poetry and Literary community in whole, the book is popularly known as Paint My Face With Glamour.

The August edition with the theme Access To Justice sprouted out a sonorous poetic voice who emerged as the winner. Below are the details of the winner.

BIOGRAPHY

Mc Yunus is an art enthusiast who had traversed through all the literary genre in trying to experiment where his pen would find its forte. He’s been at the center of giant literary events organized in Minna by Hilltop creative arts foundation where he serves as a senior mentor and also Amab books where he’d actively participated in bringing the first book festival to the Niger state capital.
He published his first experimental poetry work in 2012 titled SAILING ON THE TIDES.
He is the founder of 9RORDS, a platform aimed at promoting spoken poetry and short film with about 3 videos already on YouTube. His next book titled CONFESSION IS A COLOR is due to be published in February 2020. Even in his late twenties, he hopes to dare the crust of art.

WINNING POEM

Dawn met us at dusk
fishes are now friends of the sky
crickets are troubadours in our night
since the moon spilled its yolk
nobody rolls dice again
assured to see TAILS emerge
HEADS are what fit us more
now that our courtrooms; metaphors of justice
our sleep sleeps deep again
It wouldn’t wake to a fleeing roof or dreadful dreams
#No2corruption
#vote4Accountability

©MC Yunus

Splendors of Dawn Poetry Competition July Winner – Ese Gift Orakpoghenor

The Splendors of Dawn Poetry announced their winner of the July competition known as Ese Gift Orakpoghenor. July entries was judged by a literary icon known as the father of teen authors in Nigeria, also the CEO of Hilltop creative art foundation. The last month Edition (July was focused on the COST OF SILENCE).

Winner’s Biography

Ese Gift Orakpoghenor was born on the 15th of August, 1997. She’s a native of Ethiope-East Local Government area of Delta State, grew up in Zaria my place of birth. Got an NCE in English and Social Studies from Federal College of Education, Zaria before moving to Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in English and Literary studies. She started writing when she was in primary four and over time, been building an archive of my writings. She is a poet, novelist and do quite well as an orator also. Have lot of works awaiting publication.

Winner’s Entry

You may not be at the peak
But never be quiet when it’s time to speak.

Silence is not always a prove of wisdom
Neither is speaking always a fight for freedom.

Some spoke and were killed
Others kept quiet and still died;
Whichever way, there’s a price!
At the end expect the prize!!
People may not misquote your silence
But that might be giving them your license.

#No2Corruption
#Vote4Accountability

THE LONG AWAITED REVOLUTION – BM Dzukogi

BM Dzukogi

Sowore is not the one that has actually offended you. Sowore knew no revolution will take place this week.

Check the trend of the talk on revolution from the last ten years, you will discover that few older adults talk about it. In fact, many of the adults reject the idea. However, many youths do. It is a product of hopelessness.

If you come down to the mid-ages like ours, many of us seem to agree that revolution is imminent but on a second thought we become bothered, the fact that it can degenerate into an ethnic or religious pogrom which will defeat the aim of any revolution. This is premise on the general social, economic and political dividers planted on the land especially religious and ethnic ones. People of my age seem to conclude that it will never be successful as a Nigerian exercise. We are also afraid of the vulnerability associated with social chaos and deaths that will endanger our little lives and assets.

Going down to the youths majority of whom are jobless, rudderless and hopeless. They think revolution is a possibility and a solution. Meanwhile, they are at a loss as to how it can or will occur. Even their condemnation of Sowore is an instinctive sectional vibration. Mind you, Southern Nigerian youths will actively participate in revolution were one to ignite now. Even the Northern youths are merely just mouthing a rejection of it; they will do, it will be fiercer in their region.

Sowore knows a revolution will not take place this week. What he knows will happen is that Nigerian youths will start serious discussion on it more than ever before once he starts a game. That’s what the youths are doing right now, and all of us. Sowore and the planners of this know that, Nigerians talk much about their pains but for a short time with no resultant action. Therefore, this game must be ignited, get arrested whence the revolution talk continues on the lips of Nigerians. He has been arrested. So that when you mention Sowore from next week, the next thing will not be Sahara Reporters but the thought of a revolution. Meanwhile, if bad leadership continues, you will say: “Kai Sowore is right.”

Now, the more an idea remains in your thoughts, the more it comes to the lips and the more it escalates and the more chances of it occurring. And, because good governance is hard to come-by in Nigeria, the more it gains relevance with the people. The new Sowore is a post-2023 fight set in motion in 2019. The Presidency is for the Yorubas.

In the hopelessness that the post 2023 will bring, due to failures of leaderships/governments, and the fierce contest that will ensue between Igbos and the now advantaged Yorubas, plus the tendency of the North supporting the Yorubas, the new Sowore is born, in all of these. If the Yorubas don’t get the Nigerian Presidency in 2023 then a revolution will create one. Not revolution per se but disintegration. In this, is their hope that there shall be a segmented national anger by the poor citizens of a disorderly country…the rest is for you to conclude. Thereafter, what you do with your part is your business. Do you wonder what he was doing with KANU again?

And for those of you defining revolution for Sowore, does he look like somebody who does not know it. Explain it for yourselves, Sowore you will come to, as long as there is continuous bad governance, injustice and unequal distribution of wealth and opportunities in Nigeria.

PRAISE BE TO GOD, WHO GRANTS MAN, THE WILL TO WRITE STORIES.

Photo credit: Yusuf BM