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The task of inspiring generations is a privilege as well as a massive responsibility. Few have been able to grasp the enormity of this responsibility and fewer have succeeded in meeting its demands. Maya Angelou belongs in the latter class and with her transition to glory, we have the option of mourning or celebrating her never-dying spirit by passing on her brilliant spark.

In his poem, written as a moving tribute to Maya Angelou, Chibuzo Ejiogu explores the ‘Mayan’ soul. This poem inspired me. Let it inspire you. Remember our girls and our singular demand, #BringBackOurGirls

Maya Angelou<

I know why the caged bird sings
When freedom takes flight on wings
When the pulse in the heart becomes an aching hole

A feeling of pain deep in the soul
I know why the caged bird sings
And through the hills and valleys it rings

A prayer to heaven
A cry for freedom
A song for justice
…I know why the caged bird sings

Written by Chibuzo Ejiogu, on Wednesday 28 May, 2014, the day Maya Angelou left her earthly cage; fly on Maya, Sing on.

#BringBackOurGirls…is a cry for freedom!

Chibuzo Ejiogu

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The poem below was written by my dear friend and passionate Nigerian, Chibuzo Ejiogu almost a month ago. Our sisters are yet to be rescued and brought home safely to their traumatized parents. The #BringBackOurGirls cause has drawn international attention and support yet delivered no dividends so far. Our anguish continues, unabated…

Do we know their names?
Do we know their faces?
Do we know who they are?
Do we know where they are?

Daughters of Chibok
We share your pain
Sisters of Chibok
We cry for you

You must be strong
You must never give up hope
Your families yearn for your return
A nation waits with bated breath for your homecoming

Even when the government does not care,
Does not know how many you are
Does not know your names
Does not act

Hold your heads high
Only the terrorist needs feel shame
You are the true daughters of Nigeria
The future of Africa

Daughters of Chibok
A nation must wake because of you
You cannot disappear, because you have faces
You cannot be forgotten, because you have names

You are our sisters,
Our daughters,
Our life
Our pain

Written by Chibuzo Ejiogu on 30 April 2014 as we protest the kidnapping of over 200 school girls from Chibok Nigeria and the Nigerian governments failure to rescue them to date.

Chibuzo Ejiogu<

Rape is not about sex…

Lucy (not her real name) told her story in a soft voice, intermittently wiping her eyes with a white handkerchief and for the first time, I saw a therapist break down and shed tears; such was the emotion it evoked in anyone listening. She is still very beautiful but the light has gone out of her eyes and while the beauty remains, the radiance is gone…obviously with that horrible rape experience.

 
Rape Victim 1
 

She wished and pleaded for death but got laughter and derision instead. As the perpetrators took their turns in ravaging her body, she wept pitiably but was forced into the realisation that they possessed emotions and hormones belonging only to beasts. Each second probably seemed like an eternity and in her blurred state, the agony she bore for over an hour must have lasted eons. Continue Reading »

…and they were killed

The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles.

― Mahatma Gandhi
 

She sat with her blouse pulled down while the boys in front of her fondled her breasts. She had a contorted look on her face and it was apparent that her mouth formed and uttered words while the boys had their fun. No, this is not a scene from a pornographic flick, neither is it even a steamy scene from a movie. This took place in a Nigerian University and the girl was caught stealing or in possession of a stolen Blackberry phone. One of her captors/spectators/judges/executioners captured the incident with a camera phone and it went viral on Facebook.

 

 

A few weeks later, another picture went viral. A young lady, completely naked kneeling with her hands tied and held out in front of her. Caught drinking the blood of a new born baby? No. Caught in the act of adultery and being disgraced by her husband? Again no, although that belongs in yet another incident/Facebook picture. This particular young lady was another ‘Blackberry thief’. The camera bulbs flashed again and the picture found its way online via Facebook.

 

 

How do these acts, by any stretch of the imagination, aid the pursuit of justice? How has this mindset of perverse justice become pervasive? We know of the incidents described above because of the social media but similar incidents have taken place undocumented over the years. While we pondered/ignored/laughed over these incidents over time, a monster incubated slowly but surely and manifested itself to a shocked nation last week… Continue Reading »

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
….George Santayana

Dell Hell should never have happened but it did. It all began when global PC manufacturing giant, Dell Computers ignored a justifiably aggrieved customer. The customer, Jeff Jarvis incidentally was a blogger and owner of the already popular blog, buzzmachine.com. In June 2005, the laptop he purchased from Dell Computers developed a fault almost immediately after he took delivery, leading him to lodge a complaint with the company. The unsatisfactory customer service he subsequently received compelled him to take his frustrations online and make his experience known to the public via his blog.

 

It is probable that Jarvis did not expect the initial responses he got; 253 comments by fellow aggrieved customers. Dell Computers returned the laptop, still not functioning and what began as a rant gradually turned to rage and then hell for Dell Computers. Jarvis continued to update readers on his blog about his correspondence with Dell’s customer service attendants, highlighting their incompetence and refusal to listen to his complaints. The term ‘Dell Hell’ was likely coined from the first few words of his third post regarding the subject on his blog My Dell Hell continues…

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