The Original Outstanding Blogger Award

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The Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

This award was created by Colton Beckwith.

Thank You:

I am delighted to receive The Original Outstanding Blogger Award from Ingrid – an exceptional blogger herself who experiments in fiction and is particularly gifted in poetry. Follow Ingrid’s own Original Outstanding Blog here: https://experimentsinfiction.com

As well as her talent in writing, Ingrid often runs writing exercises that bloggers can all take part in to share with and be appreciated by others while also becoming better writers in the process! Lastly but perhaps maybe most importantly – Ingrid is a Gooner like myself – we both have a love for Arsenal Football Club which lets you all know we have good taste in football team! 😜⚽🏆🎉💟💯

Response to Ingrid’s Questions:

What is your ideal holiday destination? Miami, Florida
For how long have you been writing? Since childhood
Who is your biggest inspiration, and why? Mum as she writes too
What would you eat for your last meal? Vegetable stew
Are you a cat person, a dog person, or neither? Neither
If you could fix one thing about the world, what would it be? Racism
Have you ever/do you plan to publish a book? If so, give details: I have submitted a few poems to an anthology due to be published in November.

Nominations:

Congratulations to the following nominees who are to answer the same questions given above upon acceptance of this award:

  1. Mwema Allen – follow blog here: https://amshakinywa.wordpress.com
  2. Hemalatha Ramesh – follow blog here: https://frameofsoul.home.blog
  3. Olivia Lucie Blake – follow blog here: https://olivialucieblake.com
  4. SHAN’TEL – follow blog here: https://youmattercreations.wordpress.com
  5. LazyLedger – follow blog here: https://lazyledger.wordpress.com
  6. Himanshu Pal – follow blog here: https://kraayo.com
  7. Vijay Hardik – follow blog here: https://thecritilizers.com
  8. Jackline W Njagi – follow blog here: http://calmwildness.co.ke
  9. Mercy Oluokun – follow blog here: https://herrychiccounsels.com
  10. Anotida Viazhero – follow blog here: https://outlook234126336.wordpress.com


© Copyright 2020 – Darell J Philip

AFRIKAN EMANCIPATION DAY

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1st August will forever be a special day for me – firstly because it is AFRICAN EMANCIPATION DAY and secondly because today is my birthday!

I am thankful to God for not only adding another year to my life but for also blessing me to be born on a day which recognizes the great legacy of those who have paved the way before us to make our life journey that little bit more smoother as we look to do the same as we grow in age. As I reflect on the significance of today and it’s meaning to those of the African diaspora of which I am proud to belong – two emerging figures come to mind who have in recent weeks ended their journey here on earth for the time being.

JOHN ROBERT LEWIS (21st February 1940-17th July 2020 – USA)

Congressman John Robert Lewis

Civil Rights Activist – John Lewis – was laid to rest yesterday and was one of the remaining few to have been inspired by and worked alongside Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. Lewis not only impacted the Civil Rights Movement through the organization of the defining March on Washington in 1963 but also America and the world. For many years he was a valued member of congress which he also impacted while also being recognized for his daily fight for social justice in America with the ending of legalized racial segregation. He is one of the select few to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – one of the highest accolades an individual can receive in America. Former US President, Barack Obama paid tribute to the inspirational legacy of this great man during his thanksgiving farewell service yesterday and while Lewis’ mission here on earth has now come to an end his star his shining ever so bright for all the world to see!

PAULETTE WILSON (1956-23rd July 2020 – UK)

Windrush Activist Paulette Wilson

Windrush Activist – Paulette Wilson – will forever be remembered as one who fought for the social justice of the Windrush Generation of African-Caribbean people who through the UK government’s hostile environment policy were being forced to return to the Caribbean Islands from which they came as children even though they had pay their taxes, laboured hard, birthed children who then birthed their grandchildren and in some cases great grandchildren and had themselves spent practically most of their lives in the UK. The revelation that the boarding passes they carried with them as children from the Caribbean to the UK was destroyed by home office officials was all the more shocking and exposed the unfairness and true injustices to be found within the system. Wilson was one of those who had endured such harsh treatment but because of her tireless campaigning for social justice many of the Windrush Generation have since been rightly allowed to stay in the UK, rightfully given full citizenship and in some cases been compensated for the physical, mental and emotional anguish experienced. 

Wilson is one of a few, who, after campaigning for so long has now passed away with many suggesting that the stress related to the treatment which came from the hostile environment policy was the primary cause. What does count as true, however, is that without the likes of such inspiring figures as Paulette Wilson and John Robert Lewis – the turning point that many are beginning to speak about in this current day and age with regard to social injustice and race would not have been given the time of day had it not been for the bravery, determination and selfless acts on display by these two exemplary figures. 

Gone but most definitely not forgotten – today we salute you both!

© Copyright 2020 – Darell J Philip

Opinion Article Featured in Britain’s The Voice Newspaper

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Check out this amazing opinion piece by award winning blogger, freelance journalist and author – Kenesha Collins. Subscribe to her blog today!

Kenesha Collins

I would like to personally thank The Voice Newspaper for featuring my opinion piece on focusing our energy on our youth in the wake of social injustice. The Voice is Britain’s only black national newspaper!

This story originally appeared on The Voice

We need to focus our energy on our youth

Kenesha Collins shares her experience of being an African American mother living through countless acts of violence against black people – and what we can do in response

MY EMOTIONS have been all over the place since the senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. These tragedies have been within weeks of each other, and it’s very difficult to process.

I am human. I have a young son and daughter that I worry about constantly. I’ve been watching heinous acts of police brutality and violence against African Americans on television since I was a child…

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DOUBLE CELEBRATION!!

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Today is a double celebration because this is my 100th blog post which is beyond belief and also before lockdown I had 40 followers to my blog but since lockdown have been tremendously blessed to now have over 300 followers!

I am truly humbled, blessed and thankful for all of you who have followed my blog. Thank you also for sharing in this double celebration with me today.

Writing has been a lifelong passion passed down from my late grandmother to my mother who then passed it on to me and I’d like to dedicate this special achievement to them both.

It’s been 12 years now since Rose – my beloved grandmother – passed and there’s not a day that goes by in which I do not miss her. It’s my desire to be reunited with her on that special day when Christ returns.

Here is one of my earlier posts in tribute to her as I once again express my sincere thanks and appreciation to you all:

https://darellphilip.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/the-rose/?preview=true

© Copyright 2020 – Darell J Philip

BOOK REVIEW: BORN A CRIME – Stories From A South African Childhood (2016) by: Trevor Noah

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Undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve read this year, host of the award winning Daily Show – Trevor Noah – recalls what it was like growing up in poverty during the apartheid regime in South Africa and how through self-determination along with the unbelievable faith of a strong mother he was able to overcome insurmountable odds stacked against him to become one of the most recognised faces in America and throughout the world today. 

For those who are familiar with Noah’s funny antics and comedy as demonstrated on The Daily Show which he presents, expect plenty of this and more in the book – a personal memorable highlight being his mother kicking off her high heels in pursuit of him at turbo speed across the township and through the local market to enforce some discipline for a brave but unwise moment of disobedience. Or the time when the car failed to start on a journey to church and the debate between Noah and his mother regarding the will of God in the matter – with Noah suggesting God wanted them to stay home and have church there while his mother suggested it was a plan of the devil to stay home and that they would be going to church even if they had to walk there. 

Then there are the more serious accounts of poverty and growing up during the time of apartheid and the emotional impact of both on Noah’s identity and race. But above all else, Born A Crime is about the love of a mother who’s incredible faith and determination in wanting better for herself and her son led to them both overcoming some insurmountable odds and challenges which perhaps would have broken others. 

There is enough in Noah’s story to keep all readers highly engaged and should it ever be brought to life on the big screen one day then I suspect that Noah will indeed deservedly have the last laugh.

Born A Crime – Stories From A South African Childhood (2016) published by John Murray is available in all bookshops now. 

© Copyright 2020 – Darell J Philip

Trevor Noah

Madiba the Great

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Rolihlahla you were called by name

Meaning troublesome one

A strapping, towering 6ft frame

South Africa’s favourite son


Incarcerated for 27 long years

In a long fight for freedom

You came to relieve all our fears

Enlightening us with your wisdom


“Free Nelson Mandela”

Is what the people sung

The prison doors were opened

The Long Walk to Freedom begun


You taught us forgiveness

And to not give up the fight

In being united with our brothers and sisters

Be they black or be they white


The shackles of racial hatred

Fell victoriously to the ground

As you raised your fist in the air

Your name they proudly sound


You came to set your people free

From the injustice, struggle and fight

To show that each and everyone of us

Are all equal in God’s sight


As you took your final breath

We remember all the good you have done

Your work on earth is now finished

While ours has just begun


© Copyright 2020, Darell J Philip


International Nelson Mandela Day

OFFSHORE READER AWARD

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the award image on your post – Image Link.
  • To know more about the award – Read this.
  • Add a link to one blog post of the person who nominated you, the one you like/read recently.
  • Answer the questions posted to you, if any.
  • Nominate at least 2 bloggers whom you think are reading your blogs regularly and fully.
  • If you wish, you can ask any questions to your nominees.

Our Question:

What is your one favourite blog post that you think others should read? Please share the link here: https://darellphilip.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/classic-book-review-to-kill-a-mockingbird-by-harper-lee-1960/?preview=true


THANKS

I would like to thank the creator of this award – Samuel Lawrentz – for his kind nomination of me for this great award he and his team have created in recognition of bloggers who take the time to read other bloggers work. It’s great to get hundreds or even thousands of likes but nothing beats having a person take the time to actually read what you have taken a great deal of time to think and write and to also post a comment about your post after having read it. So with this in mind, here is a link to one of my favourite posts by the award creator which I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did: https://offshorewritings.com/2020/06/27/when-you-shouldnt-laugh-humor-article/


NOMINATIONS

I would like to nominate the following six individuals for this award:







If any of my other followers would also like to receive this award then let me know in the comment box below and I’ll be happy to add you too!


© Copyright 2020, Darell J Philip