Random Musings: An Affair with Mr ‘Quito


African Proverb Mosquito

A Love Salutation: ‘An Affair with Mr Quito’ by  Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido

My love affair with a certain cool Mister Mosquito, in Las Gidi was like no other. Some love affairs you remember like no other! I met him by chance on my very first night in the city. He awakened my auditory senses. He croons a lilting, husky lullaby to me every night. At first, the sound of his voice irritated the heck out of me. I tried to raid him off and he came back stronger. Almost as if he was immune to my sprays and re-coil. 

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#82. Bridget’s Daughter

A Joyous, Wonderful and Blessed Birthday to my Mom ‪#‎SweetMother‬!
There can be no words to capture my love for you, no imagery to depict the majesty of your spirit, and no story weaved to interlace the tapestry of your soul’s journey.

All praise would pale to the expansiveness of your being. You always danced to your heart’s song. You see every human being as a reflection of HE who is not confined in walled spaces. You are not tied to the ordinary things. You are simply the most beautiful woman in my world!

And because of you, I always celebrate the sacredness of motherhood. And indeed WE are all mothers; blessed with unique buds, fruit-bearing seeds, hopes, dreams, gifts, talents, abilities, light and loveMay we birth and nurture them in this lifetime, to our creator’s glory. And also bravely and generously share them with the world within and around us! Bleesed2BEBridget’sDaughter

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#81. The Art of Nothingness

Eko Hotels Poolside

Today, we sway to the poetry of nothingness.

No lists. No check marks. No counters. No timers.

Today, we watch the colours of the butterflies

And listen to the rhythmic sounds of crickets

And feel the cool warmth whispered in the winds

Today, is the day you choose to take the time

and spend time in the wholeness of your soul,

in the hidden broken pieces you drag in tow;

the forgotten, buried and often ignored parts.

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Call For Submission: 2015 ANA Literary Prizes by Association of Nigerian Authors

(Culled from the website of Association of Nigerian Authors: http://www.ana-nigeria.com)

Association of Nigerian Authors


Call For Submissions: 2015 ANA Literary Prizes

[Deadline for the receipt of ALL entries, excepting the Prize for Literary Journalism, for the 2015 ANA Literary Prizes is Friday, May 22, 2015. A shortlist will be announced in September, 2015].

#80. Garissa’s Diary in the Dark

Kenya mourns Whole Woman Network

Dear Diary,

Today I visit you in the dark

I cannot write under the sunlight

Of my once safe citadel of learning

They come to rape the innocence of life

They defile the sacred walls and halls within

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National Poetry Month is Here!

National Poetry MonthHappy new Month of April! My excitement is off the roof because for me Christmas comes in April. Yes, it’s that time of the year again when spoken word artists and poets celebrate National Poetry Month.

Here’s a little history about the National Poetry Month celebrations in Canada (Source: culled from Poets.ca):

“Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.  The year 2015 marks the 17th anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada.

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Listen to My Weekly Podcast: FLOETRY by JulietKego (Vol 2) – March 29, 2015

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
~Maya Angelou

The Region Radio Station 105.9

“FLOETRY By JulietKego” Vol (I) March 22, 2015

Listen to the PODCAST by clicking the links below:

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“Sometimes all the music you need is the rhythmic beating of your own heart. Learn to see life as a constant dance. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes melodic, sometimes filled with random notes, and yet ALWAYS beautiful and healing. Just get up and dance with life! Let you be the dancer and life be the dance and then you be the dance and life be the dancer.”
~Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido @JulietKego