My New Afropean Story Born Out of the Ashes


So much has changed in my life since the last post. I’ll just mention two out of a few significant things. Firstly, just over a year ago, my mum passed away. Secondly, I visited Africa for the first time. Here’s why these two distinct events go together in my mind.  My mum was Polish. My dad is Nigerian. I was born and have lived in Europe … Continue reading My New Afropean Story Born Out of the Ashes

7 Answers – Interview & Introduction


A few months ago, I was featured in “Seven Questions…” – a popular column of a UK based newspaper for the Polish diaspora. The interview format was quite unusual. I was given a number of one word/two-word questions to choose from and asked to develop answers based on whatever reflections they triggered in my mind. When the interview came out I promised my English-speaking readers … Continue reading 7 Answers – Interview & Introduction

Racism, Politics & the Spirit of Fear


Yesterday, I was verbally attacked for not being fully black (my mum’s white)… I couldn’t believe the hatred that came out of the person’s mouth. They directed racist abuse towards me – pointing out my background, my skin being fairer than theirs and my hair being too long to be “black”. Whaaaat?! Are we really going there, again?  This happens to me every now and then … Continue reading Racism, Politics & the Spirit of Fear

Flower Petals Around Her Eyes – Poem


She was a beautiful girl With flower petals around her eyes Many sad pictures they’ve seen, This life was born into lies… . She was created by love And had a pure little heart… Yet, before she turned seventeen, Her face was far from His art. . If the house, she lived in, had eyes and ears It would hear constant weeping It would witness … Continue reading Flower Petals Around Her Eyes – Poem

Number Seven – Poem


Even when I do all 6 tasks just right You still focus on the seventh Which is done, just not quite… . Your kudos last but a minute Criticisms never stop It’s annoying just like dripping water Drop, drop, drop, drop, drop (it) . 7 is a symbol… of perfection Is that what is needed to avoid rejection? How about 6.99? Will 6.99 secure your … Continue reading Number Seven – Poem

Where are you growing to? – Poem


. “You are rising too fast You are aiming too high… Courage is foolish – Brave people die!” . ‘Where are you growing to?’ ‘Why such a rush? They’ll implore ‘It’s just your pride…’ They will add… ‘We don’t believe you should take the floor!’ . Yes, one should challenge oneself And one must question their thoughts… Not to succumb to misleading voices or misdirection of untamable wants… . … Continue reading Where are you growing to? – Poem

Poetry Reading – Collaboration with Desiri


Welcome back to “Love Don’t Fear” stories and collaborations 😊 “I saw her smile” is a story of a girl who keeps searching for love in all the wrong places. I have shared this poem before, but I’m super happy to present you with Desiri Okobia’s rendition of it. Desiri (aka Miss Dee) is the author of “Diaries of a Visionary” and an English Literature … Continue reading Poetry Reading – Collaboration with Desiri

‘Love Don’t Fear’ Collaborations


POETRY AND BOOKS One of the greatest American novelists Ernest Hemingway is quoted to have said “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.” And yes, writing is solitary – it requires concentration and dedication, but that’s not what this post is about… This post is about collaboration. “Love Don’t Fear” is filled with relationship stories, hence my need to share the book’s creation process … Continue reading ‘Love Don’t Fear’ Collaborations

Remember Your Future – Poem


Remember your future When the past is bleak Remember Tomorrow When you’ve had a tough week or a year, even many tough years… That have left you discouraged and weak  . I pray for your strength When you’re weary and drained That you focus your mind On remembering good days Again, and again, and again…   . Just remember your future, Picture it in your mind Decide … Continue reading Remember Your Future – Poem