BREAKING INTO WATER by Mesioye Affable Johnson

(The Chrysolite Poem of the Month)

I borrowed a garment from a burning river & tried fixing it
into mama’s nakedness but my face was a silent man too
walking alone in a wet street mothered by memories.
there is beauty in everything bitter:
lessons that your tongue stretches into a feet
reaching places tasting like the skin of thorns ,say grave, say Borno,
lessons that you only know home is a den of dreams caged
with flitting aroma from a woman’s lying body,
lessons that one’s mouth is a showroom of plague
where mothers trade in losses tagged on their sons as price for peace,
lessons that peace doesn’t less things that kill a dream
but leaves its bodies to wander in walls of nameless nation, lessons
that safety here only follows the dead & forsakes the living. My sister
was beautiful, no wonder she tastes like a pint of squashed bitter leaf.
bodies like this are light in a widow’s room of watery songs,
bodies like this show best ways to see light between tears of a maiden
whose husband got married to splitters after vow with sandy silences.

to be sweet , forget beauty. so some girls shaded my tears
making collages on my face that looks like their mother’s last sigh,
& there are boys under my chin becoming frames upon which
every bitter cheek is fitted in to build home for cobwebs, so
I wear ashes painted with watercolour from colours of water.

every noon is like forming a paper boat which consumes wreckage;
falling in fragments too heavy to journey the cries of a widowed land
into gallows of dryness. Tonight, we do not know how hungry
dawn will be but we do know dilution in songs is an appetizer
for all men going into the belly of dead things whose crunches
are lyrics wetting the breath of a city strangulated with nightmares.
here, even as an old man you form a boat, you load your children’s dreams
into it, forgetting how heavy in hunger they are & how they could become
a soil while tears, a seed growing on a nation’s chest where you planned
tearing the next noon for your creativity — wave where women wear
odd rhythms for their sons’ silences.

every man here is a singer, locate a microphone in their thighs, cos
yesterday, a man forced songs into another man’s boxer shorts
& I don’t know how to chew lyrics that follows a gun’s voice,
I don’t know the type of music this is &the more I try adding sweetness
to my mouth a bit, I dissolve like a cube of sugar
in hot things like the hell on my face. father was baptised in fire.

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Love Forgone by Bliss Akinyemi and Samuel Ayoade

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I have waited at ports

For a ship or plane

That would return

My wandering love

But he has not come back

I sealed my lips

And fought my battles

With words unheard

But my silence was disrespect

Called to book with insults

The sound of our favorite song

Became the soundtrack for our

Wrestling feats

And on the dancing floor

I was sorely flogged

My skin became a canvass

Of fading scars and fresh wounds

Bleeding lips and plastered eyes

Still, all I saw was

The boy of my dreams

Whose call was my alarm

And messages my prayer book

The one who stood up for me

And stayed with me

Through thick and thin

Now I know

It was a reflection of it that I saw

A shadow of what I call love

That left at dawn and never returned

Forgetting that my heart is hungry

Hot tears ache down my cheeks

As I stare at the roaming galaxy

Searching through Cupid’s atrophied soul

For a glimpse – a splint of life

I fall

from cloud nine

I am dieing again…

Fantasies sensitised my sanity

For the words you spoke collapsed my

heart muscles

Even though I lost, I thought I was

winning

And so I promised my end and beginning

Ajala

your long arms

have leaped from tree to tree…

The obsession of your name romanced my

cerebrum

Your fairy mustache became my addiction

Even when Mama denied our meeting by

the plantain stump

Atop my mattress I scribble thy name,

an Utopia

and now

my heart melts

for distance demands earth and water…

Love Forgone…

Image courtesy of AntonioGuillem at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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The Chrysolite Anthology

ONE MAN, ONE GOD

(The Chrysolite Writers Anthology of the Chrysolite Bi-Monthly Contest 2016)

Compiled and Edited by:
Ayoola Goodness Olanrewaju
Samuel Amazing Ayoade (BlazingPen)

A publication by The Chrysolite Team Publications

It’s finally here.

The long awaited Chrysolite Anthology of Poems comprised of a multiplicity of stunning poetry highly appealing to the very core of the reader’s heart.

Download the PDF version of the anthology for free by clicking on the following link.
The Chrysolite Anthology

 
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TOP TEN NIGERIAN SITES TO GET YOUR WORK ON IN 2017

The following are the leading Nigerian literary blogs/websites to promote your literary works on in 2017 according to The Chrysolite Team Ranking.

1. Word Rhyme and Rythm – www.wrr.ng
2. EGC Poetry Blog – www.egccreativity.blogspot.com
3. Chrysolite Writers Blog – www.chrysolitewriterz.wordpress.com
4. AceWorld – www.myaceworld.net
5. Poets In Nigeria – www.poetsinnigeria.org.ng
6. The Poetry Court – www.thepoetrycourt.blogspot.com
7. Quality Poets Blog – www.qualitypoets.wordpress.com
8. Creative Writers Association of Nigeria – www.pengician.com
9. Black Pride Magazine – www.blackpridemagazine.wordpress.com
10. Parousia Magazine – www.parousiamagazine.com

You may visit the above sites to read the amazing works published therein and also to find the

guidelines and instructions to send in your own pieces.

 

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TOP 70 NIGERIAN POETS IN 2016 (The Chrysolite Team Ranking)

The Chrysolite Team is pleased to announce the following poets (Page and Spoken Word) as the selected (not best) Poets that rocked Nigeria in the past year 2016, and are to be watched out for in 2017.

The Selection Criteria include Societal Influence, Consistency (Online, Page and Spoken Words), Publications (Electric and Paper-Back), Online and International Recognition, Awards won and Literary Promotional Programmes involved in.

NOTE THAT THE LIST IS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER OF RANKING EXCEPT THE FIRST POET WHO IS SELECTED BY AN EXTRA MERIT OF WINNING THE CHRYSOLITE WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016.

ONCE AGAIN, THE POETS WERE SELECTED BASED ON THE ABOVE CRITERIA, THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST.

  1. Ogechi Veronica (Chrysolite Writer of the Year Award Winner)
  2. Ayoola Goodness Olanrewaju
  3. Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau
  4. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson
  5. Graciano Enwerem
  6. Servio Gbadamosi
  7. Samuel Amazing Ayoade
  8. Wale Ayinla
  9. Ogedengbe Tolulope Impact
  10. Bakare Kemi
  11. Olayinka Samson Aremu
  12. James Ademuyiwa
  13. Mesioye Affable Johnson
  14. Michael Ace
  15. Tanimonuore Richard
  16. Jumoke Adesewa Olah
  17. Lawal Kafayat Gold
  18. Aremu Adams Adebisi
  19. Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom
  20. Oki Kehinde Julius
  21. Damade Richard
  22. Oyeyemi Michael Sui-Generis
  23. Akinbode Israel Oluwatobi
  24. Prestige Ifeanyi
  25. Ayomide Festus
  26. Ajijola Abeeb DaBeloved
  27. Oluwaseun Tiwistar
  28. Awotide Oluwaseun
  29. Eriata Oribhabor
  30. Osigwe Benjamin
  31. Ejiro Edward
  32. Amore David Olamide
  33. Deacon Adigun Temitope Idealism
  34. Olajuwon Joseph Olumide
  35. Enigmatic Olumide Bisiriyu
  36. Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon
  37. Lekan Malik
  38. Ezeokoye Vanessa Onyinye
  39. Valentine Mbagwu
  40. Otubelu Chinazom Chukwudi
  41. Ikirigo Sokari Jeremiah
  42. Odey David
  43. Abegunde Sunday OlaOluwa
  44. Udokamma Benedict Wilfred
  45. Olamiposi Omoyele
  46. Okeme James
  47. AbdAfeez AbdHamid
  48. Akor Emmanuel
  49. Adeosun Adams
  50. BankHall
  51. Victor Adewale LyricPoet
  52. Ojo Adewale Iyanda
  53. Adedolapo Ansel
  54. Tukur Ridwan
  55. Oluwatosin Faith Kolawole
  56. Godson Osarenren
  57. Rex Mayor Ubini
  58. Dike Chukwumerije
  59. Suddie Vershima Agema
  60. Funke Awodiya
  61. Freezing Paul
  62. Jumoke Verissimo
  63. SusamPaul Egwu
  64. Ijalusi Tolani Samuel
  65. Caleb Ugbo
  66. Gabriel Eziorobo
  67. Adegoke Adeola
  68. Alfred Joseph
  69. McCoy Major Golding
  70. Anyatonwu Sylvester

THANK YOU!

THE CHRYSOLITE TEAM

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Indunil Madhusankha Interviews the Nigerian Poet, Samuel Amazing Ayoade

Third person biography of Samuel Amazing Ayoade

Samuel Amazing Ayoade (Blazing Pen) is the first of three children, born on the 27th day of March, 1995 to a Christian dramatist family. He discovered his natural abilities to write and sing, and worked on himself. A scientist by education, but artistic at heart. He is a Higher National Diploma student of Animal Health and Production. He started acting at the age of four and wrote his first play at the age of twelve. He has some Christian movies and gospel musical tracks to his credit. Some of his poems were first published in Wale Owoade’s poetry anthology ‘BLACK COMMUNION’. He is the founder of a literary group ‘CHRYSOLITE WRITERZ’, a singer, poet, writer (of prose, drama, and poetry), an actor, and a defender of faith.

 

IM: Indunil Madhusankha

SAA: Samuel Amazing Ayoade

 

IM: You are truly “Amazing” and quite a “Blazing Pen” when it comes to creative writing, especially poetry. How do you perceive the poet in you?

SAA: Eccentric

IM: I liked and was particularly touched by the three of your recently published poems, “Horrors of Planet Africa” (Tuck Magazine), “Horses and Soles” (I am not a silent poet Magazine), and “A Sonnet for My Lost Sisters” (Nigerian POETRY – WRR POETRY). There, I saw how poignantly you have expressed your genuine sentiments on the vice of colour segregation. How much do you think this discrimination has shaped your writing?

SAA: I love satires. Social vices and discrimination makes my pen bleed oxygenated ink directly from my arteries.

IM: I also went through your poems, “LOVEIATOR” published in the Tuck Magazine and “THE CROSS” featured in the Nigerian POETRY – WRR POETRY. I highly commended the stunning concrete imagery and the authentic appeal observable in those poems. What inspires you to think creatively like that?

SAA: God inspires, God’s Word has been my support, backbone and every strength so far. Creativity? Everyone has that, so long as you make use of the part of God hidden in your cranium.

IM: Please name your favourite piece out of the many poems that you have written so far?

SAA: Virtually all. I love my works, but to be particular, ZOMBIE STREETS Series, most of which are still unpublished.

IM: I would like to know about some venues, both digital and print, that your poems have been published, and also about any nominations or awards that you have received.

SAA: poetry.wrr.ng, I am not a silent poet, Tuck Magazine, samuelamazing.indonesiaz.com, Literary Planet, parousiamagazine.org, chrysolitewriterz.wordpress.com, pulse.ng, poetrybits.com, allpoetry.com, etc.
Nominations, not so many.

Awards, Poem of the Week December 2015 by pulse.ng.

IM: I learnt that you are a student involved in the field of Science (Animal Health and Production) which apparently ‘contradicts’ the liberal arts that you have excelled in. How do you wish to interpret this ‘contradiction’?  

SAA: Passion is everything. Elechi Chukwudi Bright once said that the human brain has been wired by GOD to perform many functions

IM: Who is your favourite poet and what do you like about his or her writing the most?

SAA: Ajise Vincent. He is always deep, concise and revelational

IM: Looking back on the way you have come, what do you think made you a writer?

SAA: In-born capacity made me a writer. Criticism and contests developed me. Failure built me. Reading other people’s works has also helped in building the me in my pen.

IM: You are a person of multiple artistic accomplishments because you are not just a writer of several genres, but an actor, musician and a singer as well. Also, apart from being a student, professionally you are a teacher and a coordinator. So, how do you find the time for writing amidst your busy schedule?

SAA: When interests and time fail, passion persists.

IM: Do you write according to a plan? Or, is it at a sudden call that you move onto write a new piece?

SAA: I write anywhere, anytime, as my muse dictates. Tho’, I deny my muse at times, and in return, it hurts my emotions at other times by going crazy and uncontrollable. Times like this, you’d see me scream words…

IM: What are the challenges that you have faced or are currently facing as a young writer?

SAA: Sponsorship

IM: Some people say that the public interest on literature is gradually dwindling. Do you agree with this statement?

SAA: Yes, it’s true. But spoken words have gradually taken over.

IM: Unlike in the past, publishing is no longer an unfulfilled dream for the authors in today’s technologically revolutionized world. As a young writer and the founder of the literary group, “CHRYSOLITE WRITERS”, what do you think about the way in which digital platforms have contributed to the promotion of creative writing in the present context?

SAA: Very well, especially the internet. It gives voices to unheard trachea laying down in silenced silences.

IM: Finally, what message would you like to deliver to the emerging writers as an accomplished young poet?

SAA: Whatsoever your hand findeth to do, do it with all the strength in you. You may be neglected and deserted. But one day, you will become a monument for generations yet in the loins.

IM: Thank you very much, dear Samuel Amazing Ayoade. I highly appreciate the valuable opportunity that you offered me to interview you about your writings and your views regarding poetics.

SAA: It’s my pleasure sir.

 

First published in the Tuck Magazine on 9th February 2016 the link for which is

http://tuckmagazine.com/2016/02/09/interview-with-nigerian-poet-samuel-amazing-ayoade/

Interview with the Award-Winning Nigerian Poet, Oki Kehinde Julius by Indunil Madhusankha

A Short Biography of Oki Kehinde Julius

Oki Kehinde Julius is a renowned and prolific writer who hails from Okitipupa in Ondo-state, Nigeria. He is currently an undergraduate engineering student and a Christian by faith. Okilux, by poetic name is a spoken word artist who has won laurels in both spoken slam and page poetry. He won the award, The Most Influential Best Poet of The Year 2015 from the Paragon Poetry Contest. Also, in 2015, he was inducted into the Community of Thought and Society and he was awarded the title of Writer II of the League. His works have been featured in both local, national and international magazines. He was shortlisted by the Black Pride Magazine among the top 30 page poets who rocked 2015, and was also commended by the Tuck Magazine as one of its contributors who rocked 2015 with poetry and fiction. He is currently holding the positions of Writer 1/ Media Officer at Chrysolite Writers Team and Moderator of Literary Planet Poetry.

 

IM: Indunil Madhusankha

OKJ: Oki Kehinde Julius

 

IM: How would you like to describe yourself in a few words?

OKJ: I am Oki Kehinde Julius, a Nigerian writer and a brother to Jesus.

IM: I first went through your poem entitled, I Will Report 2015 to 2016 which recently appeared in the Tuck Magazine. It is an authentic reflection of your acute remonstrating against some injustices that transpired during the year 2015. What do you think should be the role of a poet in building a world free from such injustices as the ones portrayed in this poem?

OKJ: I will Report 2015 to 2016 is a poem that was inspired by a nightmare. It warns 2016 never to walk through the way that 2015 took, and was written in the wake of the ugly insurgency and blood shedding that engulf my nation, Nigeria. Every poet finds the pen as a sword to fight injustice. Even though a poet is not going to utter a word, his written work must be a strong protest against immorality. Poets are like clergy men preaching, and they are also like activists voicing for the voiceless.

IM: Also, I like the evocative and appealing imagery couched in the poems, Syndication featured in AsaPlaNET and Poorvertied that appears in the CWAN website. How do you get the inspiration to create such powerful mind pictures?

OKJ: Let me first start with Poorvertied. Our people are wallowing and swimming in the pool of abject poverty. Surviving means taking only one meal per day for some people. What are the causes, effects and solutions for these issues? All these are explored in the poem, Poorvertied. Then, Syndication is a poem that is gusting the basket never to play with the rain. It talks about human associations and why people must fraternize with other classes. I was inspired one day, when I saw a dog climbing a goat. Surprisingly, this made my pen to bleed its ink for Syndication.

IM: Will you be able to name a few of your favourite pieces out of all the poems that you have written so far?

OKJ: All my poems are my favourite because I didn’t stole any. My best is yet to come, they are on their way coming. Among the ones that have already arrived are Where Are The gods, Poorvertied, Abobaku, Devil The Priest Of The Altar, Formal Nigeria, Fraternity, Keep The Pen Dancing, Ojelu and a host of others which are perhaps far better than all these.

IM: I am curious to know about your experience in your achievement of the award of The Most Influential Best Poet of the Year 2015 at a competition organized by the Paragon Poetry Contest and your subsequent induction into the Community of Thought and Society thus becoming the Writer II of the League.

OKJ: Winning the Paragon Poet Of The Year award in 2015 added another feather to my wings. I think that I am not the best among the contestants and I don’t even deserve the award. It was all God’s grace, that’s why I’ve dedicated the medal to Him. Community of Thought and Society had been watching me for long, I didn’t know. Sometimes when you’re doing something, you don’t know that people are watching you. It was in mid-September last year that I was messaged on my phone saying that they had finally made it known to the world that they had found me cleared of all conditions which were quintessential for induction into their league. At first, I thought it was a scammer, but to God be the glory, the truth prevailed and I was inducted into the community and awarded the title, the Writer II of the League.

IM: You are an undergraduate student involved in the field of engineering. As a student of science, what kind of a conflict do you observe between physical sciences and literary arts?

OKJ: Literature seems to be wrestling with physical sciences. Assemble 100 poets, and 75 out of them will be science students. I’m also one of them. Well, an engineering student remains an engineer, even if he/she is a god/goddess of poetry. Also, literature seems to have made many writers who are academically or professionally involved in the science field to regret their choice to be in science departments. This happens because literature is the mirror of life.

IM: Are there any poets or mentors who teach you how to write and influence your writing?

OKJ: Fat No! I don’t have a mentor in poetry. No one on earth teaches me how to write poems. I spent my secondary education days in the Chemistry laboratory. I don’t have a tutor or friend who influences me into poetry. It is a divine agenda, and surprisingly poetry was once what I hated the most among all other genres of literature. Even though I don’t have a mentor, I am happy that I have friends like Aremu Adebisi, Sam Ayoade, Deacon Adigun, Wale Ayinla, KIS, Veronica, George Shakesword, Graciano, Micheal Ace, Rex Mayor, Tukor, Solutionist, Enitan, Davydov and a lot of other budding poets all of whom cannot be mentioned here.

IM: How do you choose themes for your poems and what kinds of subject matters compel you the most?

OKJ: I choose themes for my poems according to the messages that I want to convey. I’m very careful with the themes that I choose for my pieces, because it is mostly the theme that cajoles the readers into going through my work. Also, I very much love to write poems dealing with protests and social criticisms.

IM: I have seen some writers having fanatical interests in their own religions? Are you also a religious extremist like that?

OKJ: Fat no! I hate fanatics. Despite the fact that I’m a Christian, I do tolerate other people’s religions, beliefs and views too. As proof, on January this year, I collaborated with a Muslim poet from India, namely Awwal Karrem and wrote a peaceful poem on the theme of religions titled, We Worship One God. The UN saw this, and they sent us an accolade. I’m a lover of different cultures and a friend of every religion. I hate fanatics. Because fanatics are no better than lunatics.

IM: As a student, how do you find the time for your literary career amidst many academic obligations?

OKJ: In spite of my tight academic schedule, I crave to find the time to write. I can write anywhere, even in the toilet. I do write in the classroom. Even during lectures, if the muse arrives, I begin to think before the lecture ends, and I put it down. Further, I do write even in the middle of the night, if inspiration happens to come. That’s why you will always find a paper and a book on my bed as my second pillow.

IM: Do you write regularly according to a plan, or is it just when the thoughts come to your mind?

OKJ: No! I don’t write regularly. A prophet does not prophesy every time. I work with inspiration and muse. I don’t write based on a special plan to meet an ultimatum. I write when a strange thought creeps into my heart. Writing poems and having them published every day will only make a poet lose his/ her value and his/her work will eventually become a common commodity. I don’t have joy in writing a huge numbers of poems. Even if it is just five poems, I can write them over the period of a whole month. My greatest joy is that my poems are able to convey a message that will correct our morally depleted society.

IM: I heard that you are currently working on your first book. Would you like to share something about that?

OKJ: Laugh! How did you know this? Actually there are two books, not one, namely Side of a Coin and Fraternity. The first one, Side Of A Coin is a book which tells the world that success cannot be attained only through education, but through hard work and perseverance as well. The other one, Fraternity is a book that warns the basket never to make friends with the rain because its perforated body is not capable of holding water. In a nutshell, this book deals with human associations. Let me stop here sir, my publisher is already staring at me.

IM: Some people say that rhyming poetry is a dying art. Do you agree with this statement?

OKJ: Rhyming poetry is not sick to the extent of dying. It depends on individual choice. Some people love free verse, while others love rhymes. As for me, seventy percent of my poems are rhymed ones. I love rhymed poems because they have a good musical effect when they are recited. Readers too love reading rhymed poems, because their recitals sound like rap music which is a very popular genre of entertainment. So, I think that rhyming poetry has not faced with extinction yet. It is still breathing.

IM: As you know, there are hundreds of literary e-zines and e-journals spread across the internet. What do you think about this new trend in the publishing industry as opposed to the traditional print form?

OKJ: I think that all the twenty first century writers need to give a big round of applause to the web publishing formats. If it not for them, how can our work go throughout the world? They’ve moulded many poets into shape, which includes me, the very person who is talking right now. I want to use this opportunity to appreciate all the big brains behind internet publications.

IM: Finally, what inspirational message would you like to convey to the budding writers as a well-received young poet?

OKJ: I would love to advice the emerging poets to keep their eyes on their own watch and never to imitate anyone. Do not imitate anybody for the best you get, because the moment you do that, you are just a number two. Criticism will come. Open your door for that. Jesus Christ too was not accepted by all. So, you should also know that, not everybody will love your work. You should keep on writing. Also, you should portray in your lifestyle, the messages and sermons that you need to preach through your poems. And, at the end of the day, your name will surely be written in gold.

IM: I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Oki Kehinde Julius for your valuable time and the interesting information shared. I wish you the best of luck for your writing career.

I am indeed lifted up by this wonderful opportunity given to me. Even if this is not an award plaque, I know this is another feather added to my wings. A Big Thank You, Sir!

 

First published in the March, 2016 Issue of Scarlet Leaf Review, and subsequently in the Issue 1 (Easter, 2016) of Parousia Christian Magazine and also in the Tuck Magazine on 18th April 2016

http://www.scarletleafreview.com/essays–interviews/indunil-madhusankha-interview-with-the-award-winning-nigerian-poet-oki-kehinde-julius

https://parousiamagazine.com/2016/05/16/interview-with-the-award-winning-nigerian-poet-oki-kehinde-julius-by-indunil-madhusankha/

http://tuckmagazine.com/2016/04/18/interview-award-winning-nigerian-poet-oki-kehinde-julius/