Samuella Conteh chants Revolution!

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SAMUELLA JULIA CONTEH*   is a writer, poet, dramatist and motivational speaker. Conteh is a member of the Sierra Leone Writers Forum and an active Board Member of PEN-Sierra Leone. Her Writings are featured in several, national and international anthologiesPoet  Julia  Conteh  is  involved with many  Writers and Poetry Activism  platforms  notably ,Motivational Strips, Poetry Planet, World Nations Writers’ Union (WNWU), Writing for Success, Ink Africa and Poets in Nigeria and has pocketed numerous  online writing awards including: Medal of Ambassador de Literature (ADL) – Motivational Strips, Award of World Poetic Star, Award of Mahatma Ghandi, the Order Of Shakespeare (OOS) and the Premio Mundial a la Excellencia Literaria, 2019-2020 – Peru.Writer Conteh is  the Contributing Associate of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS in West Africa and a regular Contributor to the BeZine, Arts and Humanities Publication. Samuella Julia Conteh works  with  the  National Human Rights  Commission of  Sierra- Leone.  Her poetry is a  weapon of mass instruction . She  uses the opportunity in Rights organization to create platforms  of expression , human rights  and peace activism . Revolutionary in the making . She slings her pen  , her creative spear with the  zeal to bring back freedom and laughter to the butchered earth of her land.WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS embraces all who yearn , seek , call , voice ,speak   and write resilience, resistance , hard truth , human rights and positive change*( WOMAWORDS Editor)*





Corona, stop digging your heels deep
at the junction of our fortitude
fanning our fear from your nostrils
even as you coax to be embraced
by outstretched arms of nonchalance
Flags are raised to our hospitality
but the raging noise of your silence
broke the calabash holding our today
while your hideous facelessness
rush us to mask our vulnerabilities
Bid us farewell now, we beseech you
your fire has roasted the ‘furrah’*
we sacrificed to our hungry ancestors
in your gluttony, you consumed
kolanuts left for welcomed spirits
Corona, leave our farmhouses now
even while the thatch is up in flames
we will run down to our river of hope
to fetch water to put out your memory
forbid not your stench graze in our lungs



Never cringe in the face of scorn
For a unique being you were born
Your will to live ne’er abandon
The cloak of faith always adorn
Stay constant as the Northern Star
Even in death’s vale, do not fear
That beautiful dream do not spare
Even from woes do not despair
From little foxes mind your vines
Turn life’s grapes into purest wines
Beautiful dreams thrive not on whines
Hard work and faith on success dines
My people are a resilient lot, with coping skills to match
Their jocular acumen can make dark days shades lighter
As they churn out sweet mirth from sordid situations
So I send up three cheers of hurray to my compatriots
Who would not crawl into corners of fear and hopelessness
Late into the night, I caressed my quill into a constant spill
Sweetly exchanging silent whispers with my abiding muse
My ears flapped wider to the sounds of dice thrown on glass
I smiled at the back of my neighbours chilling on a game of ludo
Days in lockdown would be long, so we spend them long into nights
As I scribbled, they threw their dice followed by laughter
Late into the night to the wee hours of lockdown day two
Me and my compatriots reversed hours to massacre boredom
I succumbed to sleep, to wake up still to their game of ludo
I was still cajoling my muse when their silence greeted the morn


SAMUELLA J. CONTEH is from Sierra Leone, West Africa. CONTEH is a writer, poet, dramatist and motivational speaker. She is a member of the Sierra Leone Writers Forum and Member of Board of PEN-SL.  President of the International African Writers Association in Sierra Leone.Samuella’s poems and short stories have been featured in several national and international anthologies. She has also received many awards including the Medal of Ambassador de Literature (ADL), Award of World Poetic Star, Award of Mahatma Medal, and most recently, the Order Of Shakes.


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MBIZO CHIRASHA is the Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café (International publishing and literary digital space). 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival( , Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom .Arts Features Writer at the International Cultural Weekly .His Profiles , Interview and Poems are featured on ,in Slovenia. Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Co-Editor of Street Voices Poetry triluangal collection( English , African Languages and Germany) intiated by Andreas Weiland in Germany. Poetry Contributor to in Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019 collection of experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT was released by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print, on and at is featured at African Books Collective. Mbizo Chirasha is the Originator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Talent Festival and GirlChildCreativity Project. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development (ICACD) in Ghana.The Vice President of Poetsof the WORLD, ,African Region. Global Peace Chain Ambassador. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and Arts Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer, publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.

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