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)* ******************************************************************************
Wrong woman! Yes, she got pregnant. Yes, she got released. Yes, she gives birth to a half caste child. BUT! She didn’t hide the facts of her situation. She refused the victimhood visited upon her and she chose to look at the resulting child as a blessing in revealing the rot of the master colonialist against a woman. And long before rape became an NGO affair and laws passed against it, Wambui’s personal experience became the barrier breaker against a vice the world is still grappling with. That was Wambui and the British colonial masters of the day. Did she win when she sued that institution later for its crime? No. But the truth of rape as a tool of war and warring showed its ugly face. Intimidation and dehumanization among women in conflict zones came out. That it’s happening cannot be denied. Lesson.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY SPECIAL -Angels do walk among humanity, lending a hand whenever needed. Seen and unseen, the universe takes care of it's own in the cycles of the seasons. Woman, the gentle strength who bears the race of it's species. Woman, the support system that nurtures the fledgling that rules the generations of power holders. To speak of the human race in it's most diverse form is to recognize the guardian angel that not only carries the seed of humanity but also shapes it in it's initial stages to present to it's world the heros we celebrate in high, medium and lower places. A woman is the pot that suckles tomorrow by tending today. She is the creators deputy in formenting the charge that holds to count succeeding voices of men and women. Her place is the cadre of unsung heros of her specie. How any society treats it's women tells their level of spiritual guaranty. WOMAWORDS, is a platform curated by a man who recognizes the historical, cultural, social and economical injustices that has plagued the "womanrace". From the baby girl to the teenage struggling with it's identity to the mature woman whose voice has been muted by it's male partners and societal policing, WOMAWORDS seeks to raise awareness on existing gaps that hinder the full realization and positive potential for the female in living a productive life without social stigmitazation and offer where possible, mitigating measures and where not possible provide information and tried and tested methods of achieving individual and communal self positive growth. This endeavor is hoped to open dialogue on traumatizing topics into the fore like menstrual health , speaks firmly and volubly against Feelings genital mutilation and child marriages, campaign against sexual exploitation and rape, as well as encourage women to speak against other forms of gender inequalities in their societies. WOMAWORDS, while it seeks to speak for women issues, is also geared to engage the male gender for women are mothers of men and men are sons of women. This divide must be recognized and respected to avoid the gender wars that has brought us as human society to where we are now. We dedicate this journal to legendaries and luminaries of female voices of resilience,those who have gone ahead like Maya Angelo, Toni Morrison, Yvonne Vera, Bessy Head ,Greta Thurnberg,Doris Lessing, Wangari Maathai, Brenda Fassie ,and the living, the likes of G Jamie Dede's, Tsitsi Dangarembwa, Fadzayi Mahere, Jessie Majome, Thandiswa Mazwai, Hope Masike, Martina Mwanza, Njoki Ndungu, Michelle Obama, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzwanda and Opra Winfrey:A Prologue -( by NANCY NDEKE, the WOMAWORDS African Continent Editorial Associate).
NANCY KILI’s prose poetry explodes with unbridled reason and scintillating rhythm. The marrow of her stanzas carries the women vigor, bravery and motherly wisdom. Simplified verses are pregnant with wit and promise. The poet cum girl child advocate cum humanitarian is an artistic combatant commanding her pen from within poetic trenches to free women from yokes of historical vagaries and unchain the girl child from shackles of cultural stereotypes. Keli wields her double sharpened pen to spit the venom of sanity against the hard sandy apparitions of century aged chauvism and barbarism. Her verses are a concoction of dictionary simplicity, reason, truth and reason. Aluta Continua! Happy great 2020(WOMAWORDS Chief Editor).
Melissa Begley has just brewed a heart rending paradox through a poetic refreshment mix of pain and joy. They are traces of bitterness after losing her beloved life partner as days quivered in the December seizures of Christmas trance .The Poet Writer does not wholly succumb on the altar of grief forever . She sings of joys and sweet memories of love once lived with contentment and fulfillment. Her verses are clad with pain of emptiness and the excitement that the clean spirit her departed beloved has been embraced by the golden rays of the New-year sun en-route to the heavenly comfort of the Almighty God . Melissa Begley wields her brave pen to archive her painful loss, romantic anecdotes, sweet memories, thought threads and life tracks . She grieves her loss with her soul bubbling with the glow of glory that humiliates devil’s sinful anticipations. Poet Begley is not only a writer but also an archivist and a chronicler of daily life events. Let’s drink Melissa Begley’s new poetic beverage with the anticipation of a glorious year. Happy Great Year of 2020-( WOMAWORDS EDITOR).
Beloved 2019 . We cannot say goodbye.NO . 2019 ,You remain the mirror on which we see dreams we slept through during our golden nights . 2019, You are the message inscribed on footprints on wide and narrow paths we passed through and walked past .We embrace the ambiance of the 2020 SUN with groping hearts and willing spirits .We walk up the ladders of the earthly bridge between You 2019 AND 2020 armed with creative zeal , positive confidence and Godly trust that we are meeting our new BELOVED 2020
Her words echoed in my ears. The world slowed down, everything around me started going in slow motion. I looked at her and my whole life flashed in front of me. It spiraled around me as thoughts flowed in and out of my mind. My body felt numb; I lost all the feelings on my fingertips. I could feel anger settling down in my stomach, and I could feel the despair fill up until my throat. I was falling backwards or maybe it was the drugs? Her voice ran along my body, I couldn’t hear it any longer. I loved this state of ecstasy, but she couldn’t be a part of it, she couldn’t ruin just another thing that brought me happiness. Diane had to go.
The griot in Jamie Dedes is dare –daring. The tone as accompanied with the granite rock verbiage is sarcastic but riotous. The poet cum fighter for social justice and trench soldier for political inclusion turns poetry pages into battle fields, racists are jabbed by defiant swords of satire. Poetry Spaces are poetry washed into oxymoronic fields of peace, corrupt landlords, warlords and tyrants are roasted by flames of metaphor. Dedes irony exorcise political demons and rattles the grip of economic dare-devils as her hyperbolic versifications remind egoistic , unrepentant chauvinistic forces , it’s time to balance the state of affairs , in villages , in drinking clubs , in religious societies and state officialdoms . The griot is a singer of truth against segregation, against historical vagaries and political vulgar. A griot cum poet cum truth evangelist and humanitarian. Jamie Dedes is a publisher of digital poetry spaces, human rights defender and Literary Arts Projects Catalyst. Dedes is currently the official Mbizo Chirasha Exile Situation International and Press Campaign Manager – ( WOMAWORDS PRESS Chief Editor).
My stint in the Copper belt province , Kitwe sanguaged between Congo and Lusaka inside the creative and blessed country of Zambia. I met great, unique, aspiring and established literary voices. One amazing voice is Mable Chama , a budding poet , actor , writer and a graduate of educational studies from a top Zambian Teachers College .Chama was ardent in her participation to 2019 Sotambe Festival Master Classes that included , film , social media diplomacy and Live literature Hub activities . The poet in Chama yearns for a great society , her poetry touches much on human life , survival , societal and spiritual issues .Her artistry carries with it rays and flames of boldness and the quest to find answers about life or in life . The poet is a resilient fighter for liberation of downtrodden voices . It was great meeting such voices like Chama and other youthful voices yearning for truth, peace and harmony in Africa and beyond - Curator of WOMAWORDS
Mhangami introduces a new and unique story writing style. The story titled "Please leave your Shoes at the door" is candid and bold.All her artistic presentations are characterized by traces of boldness and streaks of bravery. She is a voice worth reading ,learning and listening . Mhangami is armed with creative resilience and artistic steadfastness to empower women as she also advocates for the rights of the girl child through creativity platforms and social digital spaces. Mhangami is our Sisters Keeper. Read , enjoy and comprehend this unique story by our bold and brave Comrade Barbara Mhangami -Ruwende- Curator of WOMAWORDS.