TODAY WAS YESTERDAY -By Eriata Oribhabor

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Living on a false and deceitful standing could be likened to one atop a rug carpet rested on stills.

The one whose actions and activities are either propelled or fueled by negative tendencies will always be a source of negative influence to others.

The guarantee of a decent and functional community that’s sensitive to the welfare, desire/yearning of its people is none but the people. None plants corn and reap plantain.

If a bus park comes out as a beehive of daily cacophony “blessed” with managers who are deep in organized madness, garnished by heaps of waste, it is a reflection of the politics of the community.

If street hawkers in whatever guise could get to an earshot of a nation’s national assembly to hawk their wares, it speaks volume of its leaders.

A nation’s politics could be gleaned from its markets, motor parks, commuters running after cars and buses, the open sore of drains on the streets, gaping inefficiencies, laughable excuses by the authorities, etc. Politics is not grandstanding. It is the effective, efficient and equitable management of resources amongst the various areas that makes up a state/country, etc.

Poetry is a serious business that has no place to befuddle. It’s a rudder whose illuminating capacities must be promoted for the good of societies. It is not a pack of grandiose words/lines full of sounds whose meanings must be decoded in rigorous fits and starts.

Poets are always on the edge proffering the best for societies. They see what the ordinary members of societies may never see. Mostly philosophers, they are the “spinners” and “penners” of yesterday, today and tomorrow but their contributions hardly get the authorities. The 100TPC is a non-governmental literary organization interested in repackaging poetry towards discovering its essence and bite in such a way that leaders should be interested in the lines poets are inspired to write and in most cases rendered in performance poetry.

Our country needs selfless leaders with eyes for the bigger picture, poet-leaders with a strong will to act without fear or favour. Leaders providing tomorrow today.

In his poem titled My Voice, Mr Madu Chison KingDavid, winner of Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013, said inter alia;

My Voice is the Giant of Africa
Dodging the fogs of her cabals
Wading through the claws of sunset
Trapped in the womb of insurgency.

This voice is a widower
Whose dear wife if Nigeria.

Our voices must translate to positive changes in our respective societies. This can only be realized if we ensure that whatever we write for the good of humanity comes to fruition.

Eriata Oribhabor
100TPC, Abuja.

TODAY WAS YESTERDAY

Living on a false and deceitful standing could be likened to one atop a rug carpet rested on stills.

The one whose actions and activities are either propelled or fuelled by negative tendencies will always be a source of negative influence to others.

The guarantee of a decent and functional community that’s sensitive to the welfare, desire/yearning of its people is none but the people. None plants corn and reap plantain.

If a bus park comes out as a beehive of daily cacophony “blessed” with managers who are deep in organized madness, garnished by heaps of waste, it is a reflection of the politics of the community.

If street hawkers in whatever guise could get to an earshot of a nation’s national assembly to hawk their wares, it speaks volume of its leaders.

A nation’s politics could be gleaned from its markets, motor parks, commuters running after cars and buses, the open sore of drains on the streets, gaping inefficiencies, laughable excuses by the authorities, etc. Politics is not grandstanding. It is the effective, efficient and equitable management of resources amongst the various areas that makes up a state/country, etc.

Poetry is a serious business that has no place to befuddle. It’s a rudder whose illuminating capacities must be promoted for the good of societies. It is not a pack of grandiose words/lines full of sounds whose meanings must be decoded in rigorous fits and starts.

Poets are always on the edge proffering the best for societies. They see what the ordinary members of societies may never see. Mostly philosophers, they are the “spinners” and “penners” of yesterday, today and tomorrow but their contributions hardly get the authorities. The 100TPC is a non-governmental literary organization interested in repackaging poetry towards discovering its essence and bite in such a way that leaders should be interested in the lines poets are inspired to write and in most cases rendered in performance poetry.

Our country needs selfless leaders with eyes for the bigger picture, poet-leaders with a strong will to act without fear or favour. Leaders providing tomorrow today.

In his poem titled My Voice, Mr Madu Chison KingDavid, winner of Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013, said inter alia;

My Voice is the Giant of Africa

Dodging the fogs of her cabals

Wading through the claws of sunset

Trapped in the womb of insurgency.

This voice is a widower

Whose dear wife if Nigeria.

Our voices must translate to positive changes in our respective societies. This can only be realized if we ensure that whatever we write for the good of humanity comes to fruition.

Eriata Oribhabor

100TPC, Abuja.

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