Saturday, January 30, 2016

Nigerian critics of Nigeria

Nigeria has dynasties of bad leaders,
but suffers more from an over-abundance
of horrible critics of bad leaders.

These voices,
pure pestilence, are not themselves
blameless credible alternatives.

We will never know if they can be better
than the targets of their verbal fire
their names never get on ballot papers.

Facebook and Twitter are fertile grounds
breeding these driving instructors
who cannot or will not drive,

so things in Nigeria will remain the same
or get worse - unless these bright men
and wise women come forth -

away from Facebook and Twitter
to change Nigeria in deeds,
not just words,

to liberate the nation
from the old grist clogging her mill -
all ‘sais’ will be sighs indeed.

- Nnorom Azuonye

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Charlie Sheen reveals he is HIV-positive

Damn! When I saw the news a couple of days ago, I gasped, 'so it is Charlie, sad.' 

For weeks there have been these press reports about a big Hollywood star living with HIV. Pressure was mounting for his identity to be revealed. Then Charlie did the courageous thing; he went on TV and told the whole world of his illness. 

The guy has balls the size of football. I know many people are trying to paint him as some kind of monster for keeping his HIV status secret for 4 years, but then who wouldn't? It is not an like an award to shout about.

People with HIV are still stigmatised. Incidentally, last week at Barnehurst Methodist Church I preached about the different kinds of prisons people can be in, and Charlie has been in this prison for over four years, afraid of the isolation he will experience as people will be very cautious about the way they make contact with him. He kept his condition secret because of the HIV-associated stigma and because he wanted his identity to remain Charlie Sheen and not 'that guy with HIV'

Charlie is a good and talented actor and has given many of us many years of excellent entertainment. He has also been in the news a lot for the wrong reasons; the drugs, the wild partying, the alcohol, the call girls. In a world less sensitive, some people will say he had it coming or that they are not surprised, but nobody deserves to get ill.

Many voices have called on Charlie to use his diagnosis to raise awareness about HIV, to let people know it can affect anyone, and that the way he handles his status post-public revelation can also help battle the stigma and ignorance associated with HIV and AIDS.

My prayers and support are with Charlie at this time.

t. @nnoromazuonye   f: nnorom.azuonye

Monday, October 19, 2015

Why worry when you can pray?

“So never worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34

There is a song that comes to mind:

Why worry, when you can pray
Trust in Jesus and he will make a way.

If you have an impending surgery, examination, travel, interview, or childbirth for instance, the human thing is that you will be anxious. 

The truth however is that worrying will not make things better or guarantee your safety. The best way to take worry out of your life is to be prepared. 

If you have an examination coming up and you don’t study, pray all you want, Jesus will not make you pass that examination. In fact he will consider you a person wishing to reap what you did not sow. Study hard and he will not only open your mind to understand what you are studying but he will ensure that you not only get to your exam venue safely and on time, but that you actually remember when it counts, all that you have learnt. 

In every area of your life, put in the work you need to, do your own part and leave the rest to God. Sometimes it may seem that all the roads are blocked despite your hard work, that’s when the Lord takes over. Do your bit and believe completely that he will make a way for you where there seems to be no way. 

Only believe, put on your best clothes and move right ahead. Trust in Jesus and victory will be yours.

Have a blessed day.

Nnorom Azuonye 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | International Poetry Contest

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (August 2015)

Closing date: 31st August, 2015

For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long.

Prizes: First: £200.00, Second: £100.00, Third: £50.00, Highly Commended: £20 x 3, Commended: £10 x 3.

Click here to enter:

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | International Poetry Contest

Monday, June 29, 2015

In Christ Alone by Stuart Townsend with Lyrics in HD

"In Christ Alone" was one of the hymns the members of the Junior Church chose for their anniversary service at the Abbey Wood Methodist Church on 28th June, 2015. This song always has a profound effect on me. I truly felt privileged to have been asked to lead that service. - Nnorom Azuonye 29.6.2015

Songwriters: Getty, Julian Keith; Townend, Stuart Richard;

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save

Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground, all other ground
Is sinking sand