Awadifo Olga Kili is a profoundly gifted ,brave and resilient internationally recognized Ugandan poet and chronicler .The poetess is widely spreading her literary golden wings and while her verses are bold and they speak resilience .She wields her pen bravely , her life carving chisel as she responds to the plight of the girl child with the cuddle fist of a mother , fist of resistance . The roar of her voice reverberates the Nyiragongo mountains and trembles villages and hills beyond her motherland, Uganda. Tenacity is her DNA and her zeal to learn and to practice are natural human ingredients enriching and paving smoothly the paths of her writing career. She never had allowed her mind to doze in her journey to success and her bones to sleep in her quest for human liberation. We are proud to be associated with Poet and human rights activist like Awadifo Kili attaching her writing prowess to the plight of the girl-child community. Extraordinary. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC proudly exhibits the profile , the new book ECHOES OF WAILS and some poems of the resilient, creative, determined, talented and multi-gifted personality, a rising poet, prolific chronicler and a human rights lawyer in the making. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC supports diversity of ideas, cultures, dreams and races. We are proud to present AWADIFO OLGA KILI with her new poetry collection ECHOES OF WAILS in both English and French versions. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Here is hunger famished starving Tanga
Her eyes blink with every ray of the frail sun
in her winter of want.
Clouds are not fertile,
Her belies echo with sorrow and emptiness
pulls away her breathe.
Tanga is dying under the watch of greying day
and scavenging birds
Waiting for benevolence from a Good Samaritan.
Her frame is hopeless and tired.
Her heart dances lazily to the merriment
fleas ready to devour her perishing self.
Worms and greenflies signal her demise
They eat and sup from her festering limp.
Tanga is famishing, starving under our watch
Tanga groans under the stone of sorrow.
Scythe of misery gyrate her mind to madness.
Tanga lost her education and future
Long back to cruel hunters.
Tanga lost her dreams to the haters
Tanga was offered as a child bride.
The fire in her eyes are long gone.
The dance in her heart is fading.
Racism and misogyny she encounters
Prejudice she immensely faces
But hardened is her heart
Like a rock in the ground.
She sharpens her intelligence
With focus she puts on forefront
And ambitions evident with resilience.
She grows in wisdom and knowledge
And parts ways with laziness.
Aye! She has won the victory
Out of her great labor
And target to reach glory.
She’s crowned in the full armor
And a plate full of achievements.
Wrinkles of a depressed soul
Are seen with sad graffiti on her face.
Her face and skin beam a cast of dark shadows.
All she’s left with is a sorrowful look.
She lost her head in myriad of thoughts.
She heaves like a rained wild hen
A sexual slave, a millet acre slave, a punch bag
A body learnt to bend in a millet field
From cockcrow till the birds lay to rest.
Nobody is her pillow to cry on.
Her kingdom,a small round hut
smeared by soil and cow dung.
Her lips chapped and clipped by sorrow and hunger.
Her hope,tears and voice clipped in fear chiseled heart box.
Herself, a village commodity with a price tag
And a permanent life uniform
Marriage exchange for cows and cowrie shells
Plus pots of frothing palm oil and soar milk.
She was traded for few beads, hopeless.
Her cry of bitterness is heaved by wind
And vultures who breakfast her hope are long dead.
Her days are dark and her life is doomed, hopeless.
A rugged life like the rugs she wears
Cracked like the fierce lines of her heals
Packaged anger sweeps through her moods
And with a fiery temper, boiled emotions through her veins,
She rules her children with a fiery temper.
AWADIFO OLGA KILI is a Ugandan Author, Poetess,Law Student and Human Rights Activist.She’s the Author of the books “Victorious Tales” which is human rights based and “Echoes of Wails” which seeks to raise concerns and address issues concerning Girl child education.Kili represents young women and girls and a Young Writer’s Representative from Uganda in Womawords Hall of Fame,an international literary community that hosts female writers across the World.Some of her poems have featured in journals and anthologies internationally.
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Mbizo CHIRASHA, UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist. Freedom of Speech Fellow to PEN- Zentrum Deutschland,Germany. Alumni of the International Human Rights Arts Festival in New-York, USA. Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie. Globally Certified Arts Mediums Curator and Influencer. Internationally Published Page and Spoken Word Poet. Writer in Residence. Arts for Human Rights Catalyst. Core Team Member of the Bezine Arts and Humanities Project. His illustrious poetry, hybrid writings, political commentary, short fiction, book reviews and Arts Features are published in more than 400 spaces notably the Monk Arts and Soul in Magazine in United Kingdom. Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. Demer press poetry series in Netherlands. World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia. Poesia journal in Slovenia. Bezine Arts and Humanities Webzine in USA. The Poet a Day in Brooklyn, USA. Litnet Writers Journal in South Africa. African Crayons in Nigeria. Poetry Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Pulp-pit USA. The FictionalCafe international Journal, Texas USA. Best New African Poetry series in Zimbabwe, Zimbolicious Poetry Collections in Zimbabwe. Co-edited Street Voices International Publications with Andreas Weiland in Germany. Co-Edited Silent Voices Anthology, a Tribute to Chinua Achebe. Co-Edited the Corpses of Unity, solidarity collection to victimized Cameroonians with Nsah Mala. Curated and Edited the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry, Inside Digraceland speaking poetic truth to the Mugabe regime and other bad regimes. He owns the Time of the Poet blog zine, MIOMBOPUBLISHING that published the #GlobalCallforPeaceProject titled the Second of EARTH is Peace. A LETTER to the PRESIDENT his experimental resistance poetry collection was released in August 2019 by Mwanaka and Media Publishing. Co- Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi with Sweta Vikram in India. Good Morning President his first poetry collection was published in 2011 by Zimbabwean published based in United Kingdom, Diaspora Publishers.COVID 19 Satansdeadly fart is forthcoming. Chirasha is Founder and the Chief Editor of Brave Voices Poetry Journal, https://bravevoicespress.home.blog/ and WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS,https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/
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