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

SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD x3

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Rules

(1) Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.

(2) Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

(3) Nominate 11 people and ask them new 11 questions.

(4) Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their posts.

(5) List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award in your post.


SPECIAL THANKS

Special thanks to Fitness Freaks blogger – Amit – follow blog here: https://ltsdo.wordpress.com, Beautifully Broken Into Me blogger – Domeka – follow blog here: https://mymeekmeek.com and Recuperation blogger Ara – follow blog here:     https://backtosquareones.wordpress.com who have both nominated me for the above SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD.

I am truly grateful to them all for the kind gesture they have shown in their nomination of me for this award and I take the opportunity to congratulate them all on having also themselves been nominated for this same award.

Below you will find my response to questions given by Amit, Domeka and Ara:


AMIT’S QUESTIONS: 

Q:-What is ur fav. vacation spot?

A:-Miami, Florida

Q:-Do u prefer hotel or camping?

A:-Hotel

Q:-How many pets do u have, if any?

A:-Two Goldfish

Q:-Sunny days or rainy days?

A:-Sunny days

Q:-What is ur fav. season and why?

A:-Summer because it’s during the time of my birthday, it’s often great weather and it’s when many of us have a long break from work.

Q:-What type of clothing do u wear?

A:-Shirt and jeans.



DOMEKA’S QUESTIONS: 

(1) What’s your source of inspiration? Bible verses

(2) What type of impact do you think your blog creates? A positive 1.

(3) What will people remember your blog for? News and Poetry

(4) The sun 🌞 or moon 🌙 which one would you be and why? Moon for calm and quiet nature

(5) In your own description describe a tree. The plant which reaches the sky.

(6) Have you ever found hidden shapes in the clouds ☁️ and what was it? No.

(7) Imagine it’s a fall day your up high looking down out of a window. What is it that you see? Grass, leaves and greenery all around

(8) what advice would you give to the world in this present moment? Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

(9) What is your favorite past time during lockdown? Blogging.

(10) A rainy day or Sunshine? Sunshine.

(11) If you could be in any place right now where would it be? Miami.


ARA’S QUESTIONS:

1. What embarrasses you the most and/or what’s been your most embarrassing moment?

Slipping on ice

2. Who do you look up to the most, and what qualities do you love about that person?

My mother and late grandmother who passed on to me their gift of writing and faith in God.

3. What would be your perfect day?

A quiet Summer countryside writers retreat

4. What’s your biggest fear?

To lose my soul salvation.

5. How do you like to be comforted when you’re sad or upset?

Words of encouragement through a song or a prayer.

6. What’s your all time Happy Memory?

Having my family together at my graduation ceremony 🎓

7. What’s your favorite thing you own and why ?

My tie pendant because it was one of the last things given to me by my late grandmother whom I loved dearly. 

8. Who was the last person who made you cry and why?

Gospel singer Wintley Phipps because He reminded me that God is Able.

9. Where do you hope to be five years from now? Ten, fifteen?

Closer to God and fulfilling my calling to inspire through writing.

10. If money was no object, what would I buy?

House for Mum and one for myself. 

11. When have you felt the most proud?

This time last year when I had my first journalistic feature on the front page of a national newspaper.


QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:


1. What are you thankful for right now and why?

2. Who inspires you?

3. Where is your favourite vacation spot? 

4. When did you first realize your love for blogging?

5. Why does Black Lives Matter?

6. How many pets do you have?

7. What new skills have you acquired during lockdown?

8. Where does your inspiration to blog come from?

9. Who is most important to you in your life right now and why?

10. Why should bloggers follow your blog?

11. When will racism end?



NOMINATIONS:

Congratulations to the following nominees who are to answer the above 11 questions upon acceptance of this award:

1. Mwema Allen – follow blog here: https://amshakinywa.wordpress.com

2. Mercy Oluokon – follow blog here: https://herrychiccounsels.com

3. Zeeshan Amin – follow blog here: https://fivelesson.com

4. Bangon Kapatid – follow blog here: https://bangonkapatid.com

5. Masum – follow blog here: https://ultapaltablgs.wordpress.com

6. Wyclif M. Musau – follow blog here: https://littlestringsof.poetry.blog

7. Jennifer Bates – follow blog here: https://paperkutzs.com

8. Tanayaa Singh – follow blog here: https://tanayaa13.wordpress.com

9. Justin Nahas – follow blog here: https://tanayaa13.wordpress.com

10. Tanaka – follow blog here: https://buyitrightforlife.wordpress.com

11. Michael Reynoso – follow blog here: https://viralwisdomformen.wordpress.com

12. Elizabeth Quarshie – follow blog here: https://thelizziesjournal.wordpress.com

13. Vincent Ehindero – follow blog here: https://vincentehindero.wordpress.com

14. Eromonsele Emmanuel – follow blog here: https://ericotrips.wordpress.com

15. Anish Nair – follow blog here: https://thepoeticprism.wordpress.com

16. Samuel Lawrentz – follow blog here: https://offshorewritings.com

17. Shubshangi Srinivasan – follow blog here: https://theshubhsterdiaries.com

18. Sheree – follow blog here: https://viewfromtheback.com

19. Saania Sparkle – follow blog here: https://saania2806.wordpress.com

20. Ingrid – follow blog here: https://experimentsinfiction.com

21. Lily Mikulcic – follow blog here: https://sunrosesoulwriting.com

22. Jason A. Muckley – follow blog here: https://jasonamuckley.com

23. Lance Sheridan – follow blog here: https://lancesheridan.com

24. The Truth is Commodity – follow blog here: https://whatnownews24.com

25. Debasis Nayak – follow blog here: https://debasisnayak.org

26. Farhad Kaiser – follow blog here: https://thebefarmed.wordpress.com

27. Manish Malu – follow blog here: https://shikshak.online

28. Nancy Nelson – follow blog here: https://nancynelsss.wordpress.com

29. Priyanshi Shah – follow blog here: https://priyanshi.design.blog

30. Claudine Delorice – follow blog here: https://thebiographyoftheonewhodaredtodream.wordpress.com

31: Osarabo Henry – follow blog here: https://osarobohenry.wordpress.com

32. Frederick G. Kanja – follow blog here: https://cityflamesart.wordpress.com

33. Nikhar – follow blog here: https://travelwidnik.com

34. TK Brown Writer – follow blog here: https://tkbrownwriter.wordpress.com

35. Myrela – follow blog here: https://myrelar.wordpress.com

36. VVN – follow blog here: https://caraxvannuys.blog

37. Elganspo – follow blog here: https://cocinaitaly.wordpress.com

38. Nani – follow blog here: https://gleesparkle.com

39. Shadawss – follow blog here: https://www.shadawss.com

40. Aakash Tripathi – follow blog here: https://9febr.in



(C) Copyright 2020, Darell J Philip

Darell Philip Blog Promotion: KINYWA

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Relatable Storyteller

When I came across a post by esteemed blogger Vincent Ehindero which encouraged bloggers to promote other bloggers on their site, I thought to myself, what a great idea! See Vincent’s post here for details: https://vincentehindero.wordpress.com/2020/06/19/important-announcement-❤%ef%b8%8f✅/
Vincent’s encouragement of us promoting younger aged bloggers as well as those who are new to the blogging community with a small amount of followers is something I endorse and am in agreement with.

If like me you love great story telling containing suspense and on edge of your seat cliff-hangers then look no further than KINYWA. The blogger behind the short stories on this new site is 21 year old Kenyan, Allen Mwema. Allen is a Communications undergraduate at the Multimedia University of Kenya which is located in the country’s capital of Nairobi. He is interested in telling social stories with a personal touch to resonate with people. He says: “Our everyday life and the predicaments of what we go through as we try to figure ourselves out feeds heavily into my writing. I like that we all go through the same things at different times and hence can relate.”

It is Allen’s hope in the near future to pursue screen writing and turn some of his written pieces into plays. He says: “My audience can look forward to experiencing feelings in an interactive way alongside the range of human emotions to be found within my stories.”

And if his introductory story – Technical Misdemeanor is anything to go by (check it out here: https://amshakinywa.wordpress.com/2020/06/11/technical-misdemeanor/) then we all will be in for a long-lasting treat!

Follow Allen’s exciting and relatable story telling blog here: https://amshakinywa.wordpress.com

Allen Mwema

© Copyright 2020, Darell J Philip

Darell Philip Blog Promotion: COMING OF AGE for Men

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When I came across a post by esteemed blogger Vincent Ehindero which encouraged bloggers to promote other bloggers on their site, I thought to myself, what a great idea! See Vincent’s post here for details: https://vincentehindero.wordpress.com/2020/06/19/important-announcement-❤%ef%b8%8f✅/
Vincent’s encouragement of us promoting younger aged bloggers as well as those who are new to the blogging community with a small amount of followers is something I endorse and am in agreement with.

With that said, I would like to introduce you to Michael Reynoso, the blogger behind COMING OF AGE for Men.
Rather than me saying what his inspirational blog is all about, read it from the man himself taken from his About section:

About

Coming Of Age For Men is a movement where all men can seek encouragement from my daily contents to help them become better sons, fathers, and husbands. There will be daily inspirational content to help you stay positive and encouraged. You will be inspired by my own story as I share with you my journey to becoming a man.

You are not alone.

God is with you.

Be a leader, not a follower.

Thank you, and stay blessed!

 

All that’s left for me to say is to head over to COMING OF AGE for Men where you will be inspired by uplifting spiritual writing, soul stirring videos and amazing podcasts which offer both readers and listeners practical tips, often drawn from personal experiences, on how to become better men.

Follow blog here: https://viralwisdomformen.wordpress.com

Michael Reynoso

 

(C) Copyright 2020, Darell J Philip

MOTHERLAND

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Today is Windrush Day! 72 years ago approximately 500 individuals from the Caribbean Islands travelled on board the SS Empire Windrush ship which docked at the Tilbury Docks in England on 22nd June 1948. They were invited by the British Government to assist in the rebuilding of the country after World War Two. They were told that they were coming to the “Motherland” – a place paved with streets of gold but upon arrival coldness in every sense of the word was felt whilst encountering signs in windows which told them “No Blacks, No Dogs and No Irish” were welcome. Yet inspite of such treatment they dug deep, worked hard and till today remain the ones you will see working in the essential front line services we often take for granted such as Bus Drivers, NHS Staff, Motor Mechanics and Support Staff in schools which play a huge part in keeping the country going. Below is a poem I have written in tribute to the Windrush Generation of which I proudly belong!

 MOTHERLAND


Plenty sun, sea and drum

Yes dog, yes Irish and Caucasian

Bodies ah move to Calypso beat

Sweat ah drip inna tropical heat 


Nah water or gas bill to pay

Politician ah lie dem still say

Coco, mango, sour sap, cane

Dew come after de latter rain


Sabbath or Sunday service ah bliss

Ah likkle prayer nah go amiss

Amen, Hallelujah de people say

To de preacher broken bread of day


Clear blue sky with cool fresh air

Smile pon faces everywhere

Island covered by sea and sand

Dis we call we Motherland


(C) Copyright 2020, Darell J Philip



Darell Philip Blog Promotion: Get it Right! For Life.

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When I came across a post by esteemed blogger Vincent Ehindero which encouraged bloggers to promote other bloggers on their site, I thought to myself, what a great idea! See Vincent’s post here for details: https://vincentehindero.wordpress.com/2020/06/19/important-announcement-❤%ef%b8%8f✅/
Vincent’s encouragement of us promoting younger aged bloggers as well as those who are new to the blogging community with a small amount of followers is something I endorse and am in agreement with. 

So with this in mind, the first blog I will be promoting here is by a young man from Zimbabwe. This young man is a first year medical student at the University of Zimbabwe which is located in the capital – Harare. In his own words he has “a passion to change the world and the lives of young adults not only by medical career but also through conscious writng, sharing tips and poetry.” He is on course to become a qualified medical doctor by the end of 2024 with the view to practice as an orthopaedic surgeon. Any visitor to or follower of his site – Get It Right! For Life – will be motivated, encouraged, life coached and mentally stimulated through the subjects he covers which work to offer practical advice to those wanting to live a life of purpose on purpose. His latest post which offers life skill coaching to students on the brink of adulthood is a prime example of what it means to live a purpose driven life – see post here: https://buyitrightforlife.wordpress.com/2020/06/21/five-reasons-why-you-should-find-a-hustle/

The talented young man behind Get It Right! For Life is Tanaka and it gives me great pleasure to promote his awesome blog which you can follow here: https://buyitrightforlife.wordpress.com

Tanaka

(C) Copyright 2020, Darell J Philip