Chinedu Dike

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Mandela - The Immortal Icon - Poem by Chinedu Dike

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The Peace Warrior Of Mzansi, among heroes - A Colossus!
Sun Of The Nation; A rare gift of Providence.
Once, entangled in the web of racist succubus;
Unruffled he declares before High Justice:
'...[I]t is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.' Silence,
Pregnant with dreadful menace in court ensued.
A beast of burden consequent of unshakeable stance.
In the slammer, Symbol Of The Struggle he attained;
But Apartheid demon persisted in its treachery.
'Coalition Of Conscience' - inspired outcry for Liberty;
Plagues of sanctions shatter manacles of Slavery.
Looming on the horizon, a sight of Equality.
From abyss of darkness emerged The Institution;
The Immortal Icon; and Mastermind of Rainbow Nation.







NOTE: A Tribute To Nelson Mandela. The story is about Mandela's journey from The Rivonia Trial(where he was charged with TREASON, an offence carrying death penalty by HANGING) to Freedom and Democracy. He was after much... sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. It is the story of a Cosmopolitan Juggernaut that epitomizes agape kind of love - the unadulterated love for humanity. A tale of a great leader who went from prison(for 27 years) to become the first democratically elected President of South Africa. May his wonderful and gentle soul continue to rest in the Bosom Of Almighty God.

MZANSI is another name for South Africa - an affectionate name.

Topic(s) of this poem: freedom


Comments about Mandela - The Immortal Icon by Chinedu Dike

  • Besma Dziri (3/15/2017 3:44:00 PM)


    Similes, metaphors, images and poetic diction that sublimely immortalizing one of the Immortal Icons. A nice poem to pay tribute fine souls. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (3/15/2017 6:30:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Besma, thanks a million times for the beautiful and insightful comment. Always remain blessed.

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  • (3/10/2017 1:17:00 PM)


    Take à bow my brother ! Salute (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (3/10/2017 5:05:00 PM)

    Awesome comment Qiniso. Thanks a million times and do remain blessed.

  • Himasri Barman (3/3/2017 9:02:00 PM)


    Very good poem.thanks for sharing such inspirable poem.well written .keep it up. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (3/3/2017 9:20:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Himasri, thanks a million times for your lovely comment. Always remain blesse.

  • Ruwa Kitab (3/3/2017 6:59:00 AM)


    A heart-warming tribute to one of the greater leaders of mankind, cherished not only in his homeland but all over the world. May his soul rest in peace. Thank you for sharing this amazing piece of art. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (3/3/2017 8:33:00 AM)

    Beautiful and insightful comment Ruwa. Thanks a million times and do remain blessed.

  • (2/28/2017 3:01:00 PM)


    Hi Chinedu! When did you write this poem? It s a great piece and I've chosen it for a comparison task in my English class. I'm a South African and Mandela makes me proud to be a South African. Keep writing, you're an amazing writer! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/28/2017 4:14:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Kayla, I wrote the poem at the time Tata (Mandela) was in hospital for the last time, and posted it in August 2014. Beautiful comment from the most gracious. Thanks for your lovely words of encouragement, and objective appraisal of the poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (2/25/2017 12:10:00 AM)


    They could not hang Nelson Mandela; they are not stupid. Peace and Love, that's what we want. We are brothers and sisters. Let's fight together; the struggle is not over. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/25/2017 1:54:00 AM)

    Very insightful and lovely comment. Remain blessed Hebert.

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (2/25/2017 12:07:00 AM)


    That's a great poem, my brother. We love Nelson Mandela. He was an inspiration, a formidable fighter. Thanks. We are brothers forever. Remember, everything started with Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Great. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/25/2017 1:56:00 AM)

    Hi 🙋 Hebert, thanks a million times for you lovely comment. Remain blessed brother.

  • Brian Mawadri (2/23/2017 3:36:00 PM)


    Wow, this is beautiful....................... (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/23/2017 4:46:00 PM)

    Lovely comment Brian, thanks a million times and do remain blessed.

  • Ewen Morrison (2/22/2017 2:32:00 PM)


    Mandela, our eternal hero! A man who's almost beyond true description - however important his beliefs and actions are, it requires more than normal speech, or prose. Perhaps his human arts require descriptions in our arts? Moran taing, Mandela! (Many thanks, Mandela!) . (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/22/2017 5:12:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Ewen, thanks for your beautiful comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Amar Agarwala (2/17/2017 8:14:00 PM)


    A true hero... a great patriot and a wonderful man with a heart of gold. Equally well penned by your Chinedu... your love for this great leader and your nation is so evident. Excellent work! ! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/17/2017 8:50:00 PM)

    Beautiful comment Amar. Thanks a million times and do remain blessed.

  • Rosie Bourget (2/15/2017 10:36:00 AM)


    Hots off for a wonderful piece dedicated to a super Icon, written by an awesome poet. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/15/2017 11:26:00 AM)

    Hi Rosie, a million thanks for your lovely comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Susan Williams (2/13/2017 4:41:00 PM)


    There can not be another man on earth more worthy of poetic tribute. Mandela is a name that rings strong and true in countries all over the world- not just his homeland. He is the kind of man every country wants to be a citizen and leader and inspiration. Thank you for writing this (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/13/2017 6:20:00 PM)

    Beautiful and insightful comment Susan. Thanks for a million times and do remain blessed.

  • Samuel Segun Toluwalase (2/7/2017 1:27:00 PM)

    Impressive
    nice, i like the eulogy and i only respect the late icon more. He indeed deserves it all and remains an icon. lovely use of the names of iconic figures. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/7/2017 2:27:00 PM)

    Beautiful comment Segun. Thanks and remain blessed.

  • Saima Sharif (2/7/2017 7:01:00 AM)

    Truly tribute by a man from MZANSI.
    An authentic tribute to Mandela by a genuine poet from MZANSI. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/7/2017 10:03:00 AM)

    Beautiful comment Saima. Thanks and do remain blessed.

  • Tal Machenry (2/3/2017 6:05:00 PM)


    Really good choice of words. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/3/2017 9:37:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Tal, thanks a million times for your lovely comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Rameeza Nasim (2/1/2017 10:31:00 AM)


    beautiful poem about a great Legend! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (2/1/2017 11:48:00 AM)

    Hi Rameeza, Thanks for your beautiful comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Sofia Kioroglou (1/27/2017 2:43:00 PM)


    Great poem, Chinedu! Love your words! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (1/27/2017 3:57:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Sofia, thanks for your beautiful comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Art Paul Schlosser (1/27/2017 12:14:00 PM)


    Like your Poetry style here where you end with a special word Brilliant (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (1/27/2017 3:56:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Paul, thanks a million times for you lovely appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • (1/18/2017 4:36:00 AM)


    Mandela deserve that (like M L King) and many others. The sadness is that men can only be forced to respect each other by the law, not by heart (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (1/18/2017 8:52:00 AM)

    Hi Pietro, thanks for your comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Kathy Van Kurin (1/16/2017 9:33:00 PM)

    Mandela- The Immortal
    Chinedu Dike,
    What a lovely tribute to an individual whom a place in history was filled and given his rightful place. You gave his life proper respect so that others would be able to think about and find courage in the present.Mr. Mandela overcame much and did not back down. It would of been understandable if he had for his tragic time in prison and the upheaval which was in his lifetime. Thank you so much for your honest and forthright portrayal of his life and the inspiration we all need...................bless you so very much! Kathy
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    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (1/16/2017 9:54:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Kathy, thanks a million times for your kind words of encouragement. Always remain blessed.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 15, 2016


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