“THE BEAUTY IN THE DARK” BY TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ – AS PART OF WORLD POETRY DAY

THE BEAUTY IN THE DARK

 

Last night I felt the beauty in the dark,
Warm whispers spelt upon the mystery of a stream,
And in the stillness of the night,
I kissed the moon,
For lost children wonder upon the valleys of this earth.Last Night I swayed amongst the rivers of a life,
And through the thunders I found your smile,
But in the silence of your eyes you said goodnight,
And in the richness of your grasp I felt a cry.But Africa,
In the spirit of your song,
I knew your shadow,
And in the richness of your grace I took that train,
For the howling drums in my Mothers backyard
Awakes my spirit,
And In the corners of your eyes,
I have shared a story.
A dream … A life…But now it is dark, and I cannot see you,
And the Voices from my elders begin to drown,
Now it is late and I cannot hear you,
For time separates the marshlands of this open forest,
Where the breasts of this earth
Feed the souls of my many brothers.Tonight I drank music in a foreign lake,
I sang history on an empty shore,
And when I danced the trees began to shiver,
For the Voices in my dark,
Became too dark… too firm… too realThe night is young and beautiful,
The shadows are still wandering in their hundreds,
From a distance I hear the crows of the cock,
And so I danced,
For in your story,
Life found a new voice
And In your glory hope found a new song.

Copyright ©  Tony Tokunbo Fernandez

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5 GOOD REASONS TO VISIT NIGERIA- BY TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ

FIVE GOOD REASONS T O VISIT NIGERIA

 

  1. Nigeria is not only the most populous Black country in the world, it is also a melting pot of amazing business entrepreneurs,  world class musicians/performing artists  and self made achievers  from all works of life,  TODAY, Nigeria boasts of the Richest Black Man in the world  – Aliko Dangote as well as The richest Black woman in the world – Folurunsho Alakija

 

  1. Nigeria is the home of Africa, s biggest street Party Carnival – THE CALABAR CARNIVAL – An annual celebration which takes place in December, attracting visitors and tourists from many countries around the world. If you happen to visit Nigeria in December, do not miss the Calabar Carnival which takes place in Calabar, South South Nigeria

 

  1. Nigeria is very rich and blessed with so much history, culture and customs, but also this history and culture is so diverse considering this is a nation of over 250 languages. Visitors who come to Nigeria are always so overwhelmed with the range and the wealth of its history

 

  1. Nigerians are generally warm, homely, vibrant, positive and full of life. The spirit behind the warmth of this great people will be enough to open your heart to a complete new world that you have never discovered. Some people describe Nigerians as the happiest people on earth.

 

  1. If you love good food then you will not be disappointed, for Nigeria is the home of some of the healthiest and most exotic foods on earth. The variety ranges from Edika Ikong and afang from the South South, to other exciting cuisines such as Egusi, Nkwobi, Banga, Ogbonno, Oha and so much more

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OYEDOKUN PENAWD WINS BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST FOR FEBRUARY 2019

“What shall I say, unto the Lord, all I have to say, is thank you Lord. Thank you Lord, thank you Lord, all I have to say, is thank you Lord.”
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To my Lord my God I give him all the praise.
I got to know about BPPC in my early days as a 100 level students in the tertiary institution. I submitted. And I didn’t make it to the top ten, let alone win.
Since then, I’d been submitting for BPPC at least once or twice in a year. But I wouldn’t just make the top ten.
During FEAST OF WORDS, 2017. I saw that the anthology was been distributed to poets. And I was closed to tears. Like, what actually is going on with me. But I said to myself, next year, my poem must be there.
I submitted for some months as well. And during FEAST OF WORDS 2018, anthology for that year was distributed. And lo and behold, my poem wasn’t there. I collected it, and told two of my friends that I didn’t make it again. I told myself again. Next year, it will be there.
Late last year, I got to meet Sir Ogedengbe Tolu Impact to give him the certificate I collected on his behalf, being the winner of one of the months. We talked around Iwo-Road, till he was set to leave for Ife. Most of the things he exposed me to that day, I held them firmly. It’s more or less like a challenge to me. And I promised him I will do my best.
February 19, 2019. Sir Akinlabi Lolade told me BPPC is out. Humanly speaking, I felt depressed. But I summoned courage and told him, “I’m winning this”. I started preparing like never before. And thank God, the theme was something suitable for me at that moment. I didn’t rush it. Brainstormed. Prayed along. Finished. Prayed. Then submitted.
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Long story cut short, God has just done it. I won the February Edition of BPPC, 2019. One significant thing here is that, I’d been submitting since my 100 level days. I never got shortlisted, let alone won. But now that I just finished my first degree, God did it.
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This is GRACE. Thank you WRR. Thank you Brigitte Poirson. Thank you Sir Tolu Impact for the words of challenge. Thank you Sir Akinlabi Ololade for the words of encouragement. And to my sincere colleagues who helped me for the proofread, thank you all.
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This particular poem is a piece born out of emotion and dreams. That’s why I live for poetry. And I’m glad such has gotten its fulfillment. This is another world for me.
I DEDICATE THIS TO ALL LOVERS OF ART. AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE PASSION FOR POETRY, SEEING THE BETTER FUTURE IN IT. LET’S STAY BELIEVING.
Celebrating this together, please, let’s go and download the chapbook. The top finalists’ poems are there. So also the top 30. This is Divine Grace.
https://www.wrr.ng/download/the-feat-chapbook/

Thank you.

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WE WILL BE ON DISPLAY THIS SATURDAY 23RD OF MARCH AT SUNBRIDGE WELLS IN BRADFORD

Dear Family and Friends,

We are pleased to inform you that our products will be on display at The exclusive SUNBRIDGE WELLS, Bradford, West Yorkshire this Saturday the 23rd of March , FEEL FREE TO COME OUT AND CHECK OUR STAND ON THE DAY, but most importantly , FEEL FREE TO COME AND CHECK OUT WHATS ON DISPLAY, FROM OTHER AMAZING INDEPENDENT TRADERS/ENTREPRENEURS ON THE DAY and you will not regret it,
To find out more about the Sunbridge Well Brand, visit their website today at www.sunbridgewells.com

MY SERVICES IN THE MONTH OF MARCH – CONTACT ME TODAY FOR MORE INFO
MC Hosting for Corporate functions, Business expos and Weddings (EUROPE AND AFRICA)
Social media promotion for Entrepreneurs, Start up businesses, social events and campaigns
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Talks and Video Presentations on themes related to West African History and Black History (EUROPE AND THE STATES)
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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, DR EDEWEDE ORIWOH – NIGERIAN COMPOSER

Edewede Oriwoh is a Nigerian Composer. Her works include choral pieces written in Hausa, Esan, English, Latin and a number of other languages. In addition to choral and solo pieces, Edewede has composed works for flute, strings and piano and some of her compositions have been performed in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy.

On the 11th of December 2018, Edewede’s short piece “Play” was performed by the Ensemble Chaminade as part of the “L’Altra Meta Della Musica” (“The Other Half of Music”) Women Composers Conference (www.chaminade.it/convegno.html) which was held at the Aula Magna Liceo “Rosmini”, in Trento, Italy. “Play” was arranged for a piano and wind quartet by Marina Giovannini. This arrangement is one of the selected compositions included in a CD (“The Other Half of Music”) of works of Women Composers from around the world. The CD was released by the Ensemble Chaminade on 8th March 2019.

At the conference in Italy, Edewede took part in a panel discussion alongside other female composers to talk about their inspirations and experiences as composers and any hopes and concerns they have in this regard.

Edewede is one of the female composers whose works are listed in the Compendium Musicae Flauta, a compendium of flute and flute-related compositions of more than 2,500 women composers.

Edewede created and currently manages www.AfricanComposers.com. She also manages the African Composers Facebook page which is a partner resource to the website.

She Praises God for the Grace He has given to her which enables her to compose.

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#AfricanFemaleComposer
#NigerianComposer #NigerianFemaleComposer #WomenComposers
#WomenInMusic
#Composers
#ChoralMusic
#ClassicalMusic
#ChamberMusic

Chaminade | L’altra metà della musica

Associazione culturale trentina, ente no profit fondata da Monique Cìola, pianista e giornalista trentina

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A COMMONWEALTH FOR AFRICA TAKES PLACE IN TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY MIDDLESBROUGH THIS FRIDAY

About this Event

For car park reservation email us @ : marketing@save-the-woman.org

https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/Empire-Day/

Registration & Networking 2.30-3.00pm

The Curve Building, Teesside University.

This is to invite you to our event A Commonwealth for Africa at Teesside University organised by the Teesside University Students in partnership with Save The Woman.

Commonwealth Day is usually celebrated on the second Monday of March every year . As part of the programme of the day, there will be parallel session on the topic “State of African Economic Base in the United Kingdom”.

We hope you will attend and help strengthen relationships, promote diversity and community cohesion.

Keynote Speaker: — Dr Kendi Guantai, Lecturer @ University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

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THE YOUNG AFRICAN CULTURAL SUMMIT, TAKES PLACE IN LAGOS THIS FRIDAY

The Young African Cultural summit is a unique platform for cultural exchange, youth dialogue, and self development..

The event will provide an opportunity for young people to learn more about their unique African heritage, culture and values.

Save the date!…Friday, March, 15th, 2019.. Venue: Mikochart Academy, Lagos..
#speaker #youthspeaker #Counselor

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