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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Who am I

"Who am I?"

A complex question wrapped so succinctly that many of us would like to think we know the answer. The poets from "My Love" (with a few new additions) address the question in their new anthology "Who am I?"

At The End Of It All - Angie Nwokedi
This poem was a wonderful way to start the series of the poems. From the colourful vocabulary to the
vivacious imagery across the poem.

How can I explain The Blood? - Catherine Sarpong
"To be Saved, I must Drown?" Cleverly written. This is one of those poems that left me thinking, it's like your favourite film that every time you watch it - you discover something new.

Identity - Edidiong Udoh
An uplifting poem we can all learn from, it teaches us that we should all stand tall, that we are amazing and we are simply, who we are.

I am - Francis Xavier Labiran
"I preach egotistical verses of fortune based dreams, where I transform my woman from my wife to my queen"
Beautifully written, the poem took us on a journey, intelligently weaving it's way through the many components that make up the poet. Then to defiantly tell us "judge me as you wish, because I am" - because really, we should all think like this too!

Memoirs of a point five - Kimberley Kasirowore
Addressing the politically incorrect, the poet took what being biracial was to new levels. Culture is important to us all and although the piece addressed Zimbabweans, it can actually apply to us all.

I am Champion - Mary Akinsulire
"I feel like I'm at the back of the class, behind Superman, Barbie and Super Mario"
This poem was so cute, quirky and actually made me smile! It also came with a lesson, that to find ourselves, we have to find God.

I am a Virgo Man - Musa Jebak
I liked how I could imagine this during a spoken word session. I felt like the poet was speaking directly to me! This poem was just beautiful.

Two worlds - Ossie
There was just something so natural, earthy and ethereal bout this poem - one of the new additions to Wordjar and I must say what an entrance.

Foreigner - Quaam Animashaun
"My identity consists of being more than a black man, ultimately there are a thousand and one layers to who I am" I love when poems are so direct! Another amazing take on culture, skin colour and race and something I could actually relate to.

Moonlight - Rachel Twumasi
It was very well done that I got lost in it, like you would with music. This poem combined many elements of life along with religion in such a sophisticated way.

How to be a man - Seyi Ezekiel The Poet
In society today, the media bombards males with a variety of things on what they should and shouldn't be - many of which are wrong. It was delightfully refreshing to read a young man's take on what it means to be a man (guys, take note please and thank you :)).

And you are...? - Truth Poetic
"I want to see your soul and feel your aura" This was the perfect poem to end the anthology. Something so easy to identify with, it brings out the vulnerability in us all - it was simply divine.

This is the second anthology Wordjar has released and I must say I was not disappointed; the anthology is one I've read multiple times and I still love it. It makes me want to start writing poetry again! And hey, maybe it'll kickstart your journey into finding out who you really are...

Intrigued by the review? Download the anthology here


Wednesday, 27 July 2011


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Monday, 25 July 2011


Update: Pinky's saved
Remember my last post on Pinky's progresss?
Well according to MTO, Pinky has now given her life to Christ & is attending a popular church in Oakland.

(She was serving at a church cookout)

Congrats! And I wish her the best of luck in everything

R.I.P Amy Winehouse

Been listening to her music all day...
It's hard to believe that she's gone, R.I.P the beautiful and talented Amy Winehouse.
Found dead in her Camden flat, aged 27, yesterday (saturday 23rd July, 2011) Black Crayon sends our condolences to the family and those who knew her personally.

R.I.P Beautiful,

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


I was meant to go somewhere for a photoshoot the other day but it rained. Hard.So you know what I did? I went location scouting. It was pretty dry when I went out so I thought I'd be fine. Got to Sloane Square and the rain came down on me. Hard. We took refuge in a park nearby and stood in front of a building. The security guard guided us inside and asked us to drop our umbrella's in the cloak room for free. He then told us that the museum was free. Needless to say, we explored and having my camera on me, I took a few pics.




The other day I went to see my friend and her son because I hadn't seen them in ages. Was surprised when I saw her son walking! Was sort of a proud father feeling... but I'm not his dad. Oh well... He's getting compliments from every angle, no I'm not jealous. Took a few pics of him whilst he wasn't trying to grab my camera.. Oh, and his little teddy bear. He seemed excited about the pics I took of them. I reckon he's going to grow into a smart little lad...

Saturday, 16 July 2011

The Motherland's new child

South Sudan became the world's newest country (after Kosovo, 2008) and the Motherland's youngest child (after Eritrea, 1993) on Saturday.

"South Sudanese citizens, international dignitaries and the world's newest president swarmed the new country capital of Juba on Saturday to celebrate the birth of a nation". (Yahoo News)
United Nations Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and many other world leaders were attended. Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, "deeply unpopular man in Juba" arrived at the ceremony/party to a mostly boos.
Thousands attended and soon there wasn't even enough seats to accommodate the visiting heads of state(s) and other VIPS.
With the government of Sudan being based in the North, the Southerners felt that they had been discriminated against and many were furious at attempts of Islamic law being implemented in the region.
The black African mostly Christian/following traditional beliefs tribes of South Sudan and the predominately Arab Muslim North have battled two civil wars - spanning across over 50 years with at least 2 million dead from the latest war (1983-2005). See Sudan's timeline here >

(Ethnic group composition)
Although South Sudan is oil-rich - it is now supposed to be in control of approximately 75% of Sudan's daily oil production but has no refineries and so South Sudanese oil will have to flow through the north to reach the world market. It is one of the "poorest and least-developed" countries on Earth.

But, despite this, there is much to celebrate about! Freedom!

I congratulate the new citizens of South Sudan!
LOL read the BBC's "how to set up a country"