Chinedu Dike

Gold Star - 58,858 Points (Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra State; Nigeria.)

Mandela - The Immortal Icon - Poem by Chinedu Dike

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

  • Steve Cornes (1/31/2016 4:40:00 PM)

    A truly great poem for a great man! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/31/2016 11:05:00 PM)

    Hi Steve, thanks for your fabulous comment. Always remain blessed.

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  • Britney Burns Britney Burns (1/29/2016 10:57:00 PM)

    This is lovely, Thank you for sharing this with me and liking my poem! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/30/2016 12:18:00 AM)

    Hi Britney, thanks for your comment. Remain blessed.

  • Nelson Nkganyamane Nelson Nkganyamane (1/24/2016 3:53:00 PM)

    This poem reminds me why my parents named me after Iconic legend Nelson Mandola. His still an inspiration upon us even today, great poem, salutations to you. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/24/2016 5:15:00 PM)

    Hi Nelson, thanks for your lovely comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Jose Legodi (1/23/2016 6:42:00 PM)

    A tribute worthy for a 10 and a symbol of peace. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/23/2016 7:47:00 PM)

    Hi Jose, thanks for your kind and lovely comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Shina Don Olu-young (1/22/2016 6:51:00 PM)

    Great words! When powerful words clash with big imagination,
    a Big Bang becomes inevitable. One loud 'gbosa' for you! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/23/2016 12:21:00 AM)

    Hi Shina, thanks for your lovely and insightful appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Ernest Makuakua Ernest Makuakua (1/22/2016 6:05:00 AM)

    wonderful piece my friend powerful

    thanks for sharing about our great LEADER

    Keep on writing (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/22/2016 3:23:00 PM)

    Hi Ernest, thanks for your lovely comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Dilip Pattanayak Dilip Pattanayak (1/22/2016 3:45:00 AM)

    wonderful poem. my salutes are due to the disciple of mahatma gandhi, nelson mandela. thanks for sharing for the mankind. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/22/2016 3:22:00 PM)

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

  • Kevin Fang Kevin Fang (1/19/2016 2:53:00 PM)

    This is a great poem! This is beyond great! Awesome! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/19/2016 5:20:00 PM)

    Hi Kevin, thanks for your wonderful and kind appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Akinbode Oluwaseun Akinbode Oluwaseun (1/17/2016 2:12:00 PM)

    wooow.... this is a masterpiece (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/17/2016 2:20:00 PM)

    Hi Akinbode, thanks for your lovely words of encouragement. May your future be greater than your past and present would let you dream of. Always remain blessed.

  • Phumla Khanyile Phumla Khanyile (1/14/2016 4:17:00 AM)

    Salute! Tata was and still is an icon worth remembering. We not perfect as a country but if we were all to learn from his ways this beautiful country would be the fairest of them all. Thank you for the colorful truthful words Chinedu Dike. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/14/2016 12:29:00 PM)

    Hi Phumla, thanks for your lovely words of encouragement and insightful appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Arunava Banerjee (1/12/2016 3:10:00 AM)

    Amazing metaphors...lovely diction, it sort of pulled me down to darkness, and showed me light where it ended...like the phantom of reality (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/12/2016 5:23:00 AM)

    Hi Arunava, thanks for your lovely and insightful appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Howard Savage (1/11/2016 9:21:00 PM)

    This is a very moving poem. Strong metaphor with realism. Great writing. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/12/2016)

    Hi Howard, thanks for your kind, lovely, and insightfully appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • April Williams (1/6/2016 8:08:00 PM)

    I love this poem. You did a wonderful job. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/6/2016 11:19:00 PM)

    Hi April, thanks for your wonderful comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Seyi Akin (1/2/2016 9:58:00 AM)

    These lines and inscriptions are well captured, Your words seemed to have said less than your pregnant inspiration of the subject. thanks to sharing (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/2/2016 10:06:00 AM)

    Hi Seyi, thanks for your kind and lovely comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Bhavya Paranjpe (1/2/2016 7:47:00 AM)

    inspirational and wonderfully written
    KEEP WRITING CHINEDU (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/2/2016 8:36:00 AM)

    Thanks a million times for your wonderful comment Bhavya. Always remain blessed.

  • Bhavya Paranjpe (1/2/2016 7:44:00 AM)

    Very inspirational and wonderfully written
    Keep writing Chinedu (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (1/2/2016 8:28:00 AM)

    Hi Bhavya, thanks for your insightful and lovely comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Janet Hanson (12/29/2015 5:34:00 PM)

    I love it. It is very powerful and inspirational. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (12/29/2015 7:11:00 PM)

    Hi Janet, thanks for your kind and lovely comment about my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Christopher Chang Christopher Chang (12/26/2015 10:06:00 PM)

    First of all, thanks for the comment on my poem. Your poem, it's powerful. I can feel the oppressive endeavors that Mandela went through with lines Pregnant with dreadful menace in court ensued and Once, entangled in the web of racist succubus; Those lines stuck out for me because of the words pregnant and racists succubus aptly describe the feeling of dread and pain. The metaphor racists succubus expresses how racism can allure one in a deceitful fashion and then drain the well being of a person. Great poem and I have much respect for Nelson Mandela he was life changing. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (12/26/2015 10:22:00 PM)

    Hi Christopher, thanks a million times for your lovely and insightful appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (12/26/2015 10:00:00 PM)

    Yea, we in the Sudan had always been with the struggle of the people of South Africa and we welcomed Mandela and Friends to our country and issued them passports to travel freely calling to call for freedom. Yes, Mandela is/was the symbol of freedom. I call his story (From Prison To Presidency) . Thank you for your nice poem about the man. May his souls rest in peace. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (12/26/2015 10:20:00 PM)

    Hi Ahmed, thanks for your lovely comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Thabani Khumalo Thabani Khumalo (12/26/2015 5:36:00 AM)

    The Immortal Icon; and Mastermind of Rainbow Nation. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (12/26/2015 8:13:00 AM)

    Thanks Khumalo for your comment. Always remain blessed.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 4, 2016


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