Poet Maya Angelou

𝘪𝘧 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭

𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴

𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 are 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘯

𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘺

𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯


she 𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘺

𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘤𝘺


𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘌𝘛𝘛𝘌𝘙𝘚 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦

𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨

𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦

𝘰𝘧 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴

𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴

𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦

she 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘪𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘤𝘳𝘺

& 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯'𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭

𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭

𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 she 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦

𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘥𝘪𝘶𝘮

𝘪 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘥𝘦 signs 𝘰𝘧

𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦

𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦



Of Gurnah and Resilience: My Op-ed on the 2021 Nobel Laureate in Literature

By Adamu Danjuma

'I speak in the voice of gentle rain
In whispers of growth
In sleight of light
I speak of light
I speak of aged hairs of wind
Midwife to cloud
And sheaves on threshing-floor'

Recently published opportunities to explore

1. Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme 2022/2023 for Study at the University of Cambridge, UK (Fully Funded)


2. The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) Curational Fellowship 2022 for South African artists (R50 000 per Fellow)


3. Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarships


4. Call for Applications for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa for the Summer (May) 2022 Intake


4. University of Cape Town MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program 2021/2022 for study in South Africa (Fully Funded)

5. Stanbic IBTC Scholarship for undergraduate Nigerian student


Dear Reader: A Message To Whom It May Concern

I don’t know what you are thinking or doing currently. But, you know what? It doesn’t have to be perfect all the time. Even if you aim for perfection, you can’t always be 100% perfect. Perfection is Lord’s; thus its divinityship’s attribute. Importantly, just get started. Today could be one of the best days to start again for yesterday is already gone. So, don’t wait till tomorrow for it lies, somewhere, in the future which, one could say, is relatively uncertain, yet unknown, and unpredictable. When you start, at present, let you have it a the back of your mind that, as humans, we could be fallible. Couldn’t we? While failure, at some instances of life, is inevitably acceptable, one has to strive to grow — continually — every passing day.

Love: The Other Name of Humanity?

I am in love with the words that speak, highly, about positivity and discourage, diplomatically, all the discourses geared towards negativity. I’m in love with the flower that blossoms and the sun that, every morning, rises above all. I’m in love with the smile that makes men handsome and the…

I sing of the children
whose broken bones were once
like the remains of Sambisa
forest's disjointed skeleton

I sing of them
of you
& I

I sing when nobody hears me sing

I sing not only for
the dove of love
flying in the sky without
letting its wings

Children’s Day

I can't write when, on my table, there's no rice,
Maltina drinks garnished with assorted spice.
I am that boy who hustles by day and by night;
Hawking water, I think my days will be bright.

Smelling the ugly smoke of the cooking pot,
Waiting for my salty soup…

If you don't fancy reading a great deal the same way that you fancy every multicolored-flower when it finally blossoms at your backyard or at the front door of your hospitable habitation, go marry a reader or, alternatively, befriend one.😌

They, the readers in your life, will read some beautifully-written, impeccably-tailored and succinctly-put prose to you for your kind delight. Listen to the musicality of these words as they speak to you in a truly-thrilling manner that can keep you enticed-unstoppably.🤭

There's no money in reading. The reward of reading is timeless and unquantifiable!

And you, what are you reading today?

Me: 👇

Adamu Danjuma

Author of Les Larmes d'une Plume Esseulée, Adamu is a multilingual speaker & an emerging poet-writer. He's passionate about journalism & literature.

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