Welcome to Verses and Flows today, I am your host, Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau.

Today, I present to you Yusuff Olayode Yusuff-Supoto is a final year student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso. He has featured in many anthologies and blog.

Olayode is a commentator and an ambitious pupil engineer. He currently works on his first publication: TRAINEE’S MANIFESTOES.

Meet him at www.letnigeriansspeak.wordpress.com @ ayengineers and @herrlayusmem on twitter.

I walked humbly.

I walked humbly, and not like a roaring lion

When i had no shoes,
to traverse the rocky village.
And not a splendid bowl of food,
to quench the invigorating hunger.

I walked humbly, and not like a roaring lion

When i resided in dilapidated hut,
With disheartening tone of rainfall.
Not even rough window blind
to prevent the visiting mosquitoes.

I walked humbly, and not like a roaring lion

When my neighbours were the cook
of the messages with Kitchen aromas.
Not just a water to boil when cold,
or a beverage to defend my shivering tongue.

I walked humbly, and not like a roaring lion

When my parent were starved to brim,
Just to pay a penny for tattered texts.
And my portmanteau was borrowed from a shelf,
to appear serious in our village school.

I walked humbly, and not like a roaring lion

When tears soaked my beards in daylight
because of the disgrace from her unbridled mouth.
From her my daily bread was served in disgrace
Since not a friend accept to offer,but enemy.

I walked humbly, and not like a roaring lion.

When evils perverted the land of justice.
That we suffered in the hands of the slaves
like the erring goats of mama Africana,
whose goats were armed like bank bugglers.

I walked humbly, and not like a roaring lion



About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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