One day I was browsing through twitter and I saw an advertisement targeted at girls between the ages of 18-24 years, who were interested in a 4-day Journalism & Leadership training to be held in LAGOS.
According to the organizers, there would be free transportation (from anywhere in Nigeria, to and fro) free accommodation and feeding. And I thought, Ah ah, just like that? In Lagos?
I was skeptical about applying, but I still went ahead and did so. I was selected a week after. Excited, I packed my bags and left for Lagos like I knew where I was headed. The training was scheduled to hold at Virgin Rose Resort, Victoria Island. That was about all I knew.
[Culled From Oprah’s Masterclass}
“Today is ours, let’s live it.
And love is strong, let’s give it.
A song can help, let’s sing it.
And peace is dear, let’s bring it.
The past is gone, don’t rue it.
Our work is here, let’s do it.
The world is wrong, let’s right it.
The battle is hard, let’s fight it.
The road is rough, let’s clear it.
The future vast, don’t fear it.
Is faith asleep? Let’s wake it.
Because today is ours, let’s take it.”
(c) Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee Family
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and to love somebody and have the courage to accept their love in return.” ~Maya Angelou~
Decades of silence, decades of tears
Decades of merely existing, shrouded in fears
Decades without music, decades without dance
Decades of passing through life in a deep, dark trance
Decades of hiding, of lying and slowly dying
Decades of crouching in shadows instead of freely flying
Decades of pain, dark moments, we thought lost, never to be regained
All rolled into now, this glorious moment, with everything reclaimed.
Decades of new beginnings, decades of living
Decades of rising into a new-found awakening
Decades of laughter, mingled with healing tears, caressing soft lashes
Decades of joy, of gaining mastery of life’s tranquility and her clashes
Decades of opening up, welcoming change and embracing
All that we are, were and will be, as phenomenally amazing
Decades, when finally, our inner light
Defeats the darkness and shines so bright
Illuminating our path, as we become one with our essence
As we decide to embrace our new-found magnificence!
Today, as you behold these words and read these lines, slow or fast
Celebrate your new decade unfold, a life of love, laughter and joy, here at last
Simply BE and BEAM: Be Everything And More!
© ‘Kego Onyido
- The Gift of Laughter/Tears (wordsthatserve.wordpress.com)
- Laughter as brain injury medicine … What’s your vision? (braininjuryselfrehabilitation.com)
- Laughter! (sometimesipretendtobenormal.com)
This April marks the 15th anniversary of National Poetry Month across Canada! Celebrate the power and beauty of words with your children, spouses, friends and colleagues. Turn off the TV sets for at least one day in April and spend time re-connecting through a diverse collection of oral and written works of poetry. And if poetry is not quite your thing, simply pick up a good book and read! Lest we relegate poetry to a lost art in this age of constantly evolving technology….we can all agree that ‘texting’ has done more than enough damage to the art of writing.
History of National Poetry Month in Canada
Established in Canada in April 1999 by the League, National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. Communities and businesses participate through readings, festivals, book displays, and other events.
The goal of National Poetry Month is to expand and educate poetry audiences, especially young audiences, and to increase the profile of poetry and poets, while boosting sales of Canadian poetry books. National Poetry Month has inspired an increase in reading, writing and teaching of Canadian poetry. National, provincial and regional media report on many National Poetry Month events, review poetry books and interview poets. (Source: Poet.ca, accessed April 1, 2013, 9:20 pm EST)
CBC ‘Canada Writes’ Poetry Contest
Competition opens: March 1, 2013
Deadline to submit: May 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET
This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate.
The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place winner and 4 runners-up.
The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her poetry published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre‘s Leighton Artists’ Colony (details about the residency here), and will be interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.
The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.
Submissions to the poetry category must be between 400 and 600 words.
A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry. For more information, visit this website: CBC Canada Writes.
Events in York Region:
- A Poem a Day for National Poetry Month | The Arkside of Thought (kingmidgetramblings.wordpress.com)
- April is National Poetry Month. But, wait, poetry is dead! (amdrkhe.wordpress.com)
- Poetry Challenge for April (womenwritersofthetriad.wordpress.com)