Hurray to Ukachukwu Okorie, Born to Serve

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AfricaWorld News editor deliver a lecture at African National Congress (ANC) Gala Nite in Dublin, Ireland

 

Dear Uka, we wish you wisdom and divine blessing as you celebrate your birthday. We believe in your leadership: Because of your doggedness we are here today; Because of your unshakable faith, the miracle has come; Because you said you were born to serve, we are now leading. We are fearless now because you have showed courage amidst vicissitudes. May the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, as you believe, be with you now and always. We are inspired by you. Happy Birthday Editor-in-Chief!
The AfricaWorld News Team

Mother Africa
 
The foundation of the earth
You bore nations of all colours
Leaving abundant resources
For them to live on
You endured tribulations
Is it your babies taken forcefully?
Or those whose land were defiled?
Mama, your gods were taken away
And aliens brought in many taboos
You were molested by your sister’s children
Your offspring were relegated
And tears you shed uncontrollably
But you cautioned on the need for patience
That she who laugh last
Will definitely laugh best
Culled from Ukachukwu Okorie’s -Whispers of a Heartbreaker- (Unpublished)
AfricaWorld News editor in the middle engaging a designer at a Fashion event in Dublin
AfricaWorld News editor in the middle engaging a designer at a Fashion event in Dublin
Failte Eirean
 
Sailing into the island
With the hand of the holy one
In search of what is to come
The authority of man to explore
Oh Eireann! Land of the shamrock
You nurtured my faith
Dipped me into the river Jordan
Bathed me in the life of his son
The man who is worshipped
The island of cheerfulness and fun
That my future shall be a fortune
Culled from Ukachukwu Okorie’s -Whispers of a Heartbreaker- (Unpublished)

 

Covering the  Global Convention of Pharmacists held by Ireland at the Dublin Convention Centre
Covering the Global Convention of Pharmacists held by Ireland at the Dublin Convention Centre
O’Connell
 
Dual and historical
Jolts from the liffey
Caresses Panel’s tommy
Mat with indelible marks of foot
Sitting on the confluence place
Smiles at the Post and his struggles
You take the new and old
Standing tall and proud in his eyes
Oh O’connell! Kindest art thou!
How hast thou changed?
In the course of the struggle
That the olden dead
Might not know thee again
 
Culled from Ukachukwu Okorie’s -Whispers of a Heartbreaker- (Unpublished)
Leader on many fronts: Our editor Ukachukwu Okorie in deep thoughts.
Leader on many fronts: Our editor Ukachukwu Okorie in deep thoughts.

 

MY IRELAND
 
Like a seductress
You kept my eyes open
Showing me stuff that matter
You lured me from sunrise
Before I could make my bed
You showed me your people
Giving me a name before I came
Your hand was at my formation
Teaching me the sign of the cross
A way that gave me life
When I gave up the ghost
Like a curvy chic
You did set my pulse racing
Being the woman of my dream
I fell so flat.
 
Culled from Ukachukwu Okorie’s -Whispers of a Heartbreaker- (Unpublished)
A picture of Ukachukwu Okorie during a rehearsal of a Girls Dance Group in AfricaWorld News old office hall at 46 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, Ireland
A picture of Ukachukwu Okorie during a rehearsal of a Girls Dance Group in AfricaWorld News old office hall at 46 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, Ireland
I aim with the ink
 
Bored of the status quo
where the anthem breeds sleep
singing is for a side
and the chorus is for every throat.
Heralding the poor cantata
in the spirit of the living things
breathing at all cost matters
for the living and dead living things.
Oh my spirit repels you
my finger pulls the trigger
of the mightier paint
inching provocations for my people
Culled from Ukachukwu Okorie’s -Whispers of a Heartbreaker- (Unpublished)
Ukachukwu Okorie deliver a speech during the Inaugural pan-African Lecture on Osagyefo Kwame Nkruma in 2012
Ukachukwu Okorie deliver a speech during the Inaugural pan-African Lecture on Osagyefo Kwame Nkruma in 2012
My Grandfather
With nostalgia I humme it
Just like you did it on that day
The classical oriental brother’s tune
On that journey from Aba Ngwa
I felt your aura spread
Among your peers and lineage
Each day brought the village minds
From all hamlets among your people
You saw them meander in the hinterland
With bible, pen, maps and power to load
As a bridge that linked the old and new
The breasts that fed thy offspring attest
From Owerri – Egbema – Nwaorieubi to Oguta
You touched people’s lives
If only you had known
They would be like a broom
But they shall be like the stars of east
‘cos I am part of that tree
Uyokanjo planted forever
Culled from Ukachukwu Okorie’s -Whispers of a Heartbreaker- (Unpublished)
Ukachukwu Okorie in the office sitting in front of a replica Benin ivory mask. The original was stolen by the invading British force in 1897 when Oba ovonramwen of Benin was toppled.
Ukachukwu Okorie in the office sitting in front of a replica Benin ivory mask. The original was stolen by the invading British force in 1897 when Oba ovonramwen of Benin was toppled.
A SONG FOR BIAFRA
 
Land of the rising sun
You set the stars twinkle
With your desire for creation
You exist for perfection
That Africa may start inventions
Millions adore your thoughts
A believe in freedom and assertion
Beyond a world of illusion
You bore no other intension
But to call for attention
Seeking for global recognition
For a people’s total emancipation
In this era of globalisation
If you love Africa with passion
Thinking of its progression
Biafra should sit in the United Nations
Culled from Ukachukwu Okorie’s -Whispers of a Heartbreaker- (Unpublished)