Monday, June 24, 2024

Embrass Stardo

a proud Muslim whose roots stem from the Temne and Mandingo tribes.

In this episode, we host Mustapha Fofana. Born on 31 December 1999 in Lunsar, Sierra Leonean poet, songwriter, student of the University of Sierra Leone is passionate about using poetry as a means of change and cohesiveness in the country. Mustapha holds a diploma in procurement and supply.

Here are the poems recited in this episode, in written form.

IF OUR NATION CAN SEND A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD THAT WE

ARE NOT A COLLECTION OF RED AND GREEN STATES, BUT THE

REPUBLIC OF ONE NATION.

GOD is the wind that touches everything, and if we were judged by the

worst things we had done, then we would probably be considered as bad

people.

But If the people don’t believe in themselves, and the leaders are

deceitful, then who will make plans for the children? Because the land and

the sea is one, and the people are said to be as one, but not uniting

themselves, parity is to be given to everyone, because progress is

precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with

another problem.

All that I have been thinking is! The road ahead will be long. Our climb will

be steep, but our endeavor should not be fierce, so we won’t reject the

myth of our generation. If we harness ourselves with enormity then we will

never reach the end mark, And! If I decide to join back our ancestors, with

a bewailing face, they will send me back, and say, “it’s not yet over son,

because there is a lot to fight, but you will have our blessings.

GO!…go son and always remember there is no place for the living in

the land of the dead”. And my question to my ancestors will be, “how can

I fight for the ones that I love when our land is full of enormity?”

But before you doubt me! Doubt yourself. This is the land that we love,

which was once shed with blood, once filled with tears, and once filled with

sweat for this generation, and this generation is to smoothen the road for

the next generation. But if we fail, how will the next generation smoothen

the road for the next? How does it feel when we all disperse?! How does it

feel when we work along with ignorance?

Our feet on the ground will help us to create convergence and our hearts

will help us to find love. But if we choose to go along with ignorance we will

never smoothen the road for the next generation, because ignorance has

no preference, ignorance has no color, ignorance has no race, ignorance

has no ethnicity, ignorance has no age, ignorance has no sex, etc. If this

pain continues, what about the room that we shared secret together? What

about the pillows that I use to wipe off my tears? And what about my heart

that was there to console me when nobody does? I would like to take a

rest at the shore, breathe with my decency, covered by my creed, and resist

my temptation to fall back, because the change does not roll in on the

wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle; struggle if

only we can pursue our creeds with an ultimate measure to reinforce the

commitment of our future generation, the generation that people write off, to

be protected with the canopy of love and happy life, with no harm of

subversion. I wish I could live long like ANN NIXON COOPER to see the

change, which I believe we can fight for if only my words reach your

hearts.

When the sky is raining, and I decide to take a walk without an umbrella,

the truth is, I don’t have any. But if you decide to give me yours, I will be

protected not to get wet. Even when I have an umbrella, I still need more.

So a man asked, “why is it that you need more when you already have

one?” And my reply was, “I need more umbrellas and helping hands,

so we can conglomerate as one to cover our motherland, not with

pain but with joy, not for the love of the political parties but the love of

our motherland, not by fighting for the parties but to fight for this

nation, not just for us but for the next generation, not about relating to

the same tribe but relating to the same land, not for us to look

beautiful! But for our motherland to have the beauty.” And lastly, not

about practicing hypocrisy and saying, “OUR BEAUTIFUL

MOTHERLAND”, when the hearts of the children are not beautiful.”

MESSAGE TO MY FLAG

RAISING A CHILD DIFFERENTLY COMES WITH IT

CONSEQUENCES AS THE ONLY SON OF A RICH

NATION TURN INTO A TYRANT AND A MENACE TO

SOCIETY

But first I pledge my love and loyalty to my country.GREEN,

WHITE, AND BLUE. Then I pledge allegiance to the flag.

See! beautiful country, beautiful resources, beautiful beaches,

beautiful everywhere, but selfish people, how could we pledge

our love and loyalty to the flag while the nation is going

down. Going down because things are getting harder

every day, we are rich! Yes, we know that. But we are jobless,

with no good road, no good medical facilities, no-good

Education, no good transportation. Corruption is getting worse every day.

People are dying, some are laid on the concrete, and some are in

the hospitals. Doctors don’t work normally, teachers don’t

teach properly, offices don’t work genuinely.

WHY. QUESTION? QUESTION?

Government don’t pay workers to the time they want their

pay so how could you expect somebody working without

earning, it TRAGIC, TRAGIC when you see a good graduate

comes out there, with their first class, first class that is

capable to do the work properly, but it takes them a couple of

years before some get jobs. PITY, PITY whiles you see an

unemployed youth walking down the street all day because

they have nowhere to attach to. BOYS decide to go steal, and

GIRLS turn into a prostitute.

But remember you said we are equal, equal, so how could you

bite the hand that feeds you, then you said.

I PLEDGE MY LOVE AND LOYALTY TO MY COUNTRY

SIERRA LEONE, and I VOW TO SERVE HER

FAITHFULLY AT ALL TIMES.

VOW, ok; but you promise you are going to serve her

faithfully when you want the power, now u have it; SERVE

NOW

SERVE

As divinity, and deity of the supreme being is seeming his

work, so I will like to call into the past of our ancestors to

come and help us, so that this moment we are the whole

reason they have

existed at all. Because it took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to

get to where we are today. As I have seen incredible bravery,

from every young guy the generation that people write of

today

So for me, I pledge my love, and I vow to serve her faithfully.

AS I write this message to my FLAG GREEN, WHITE, AND

BLUE. our motherland

PEACE AND LOVE

MUSTAPHA EMBRASS STARDO FOFANAH

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