Done for Haiku My Heart.
the grass is richer
Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 27/05/16
My friend Nana at https://girdblog.com/ interviewed me. Read all about it and get to know the real Celestine and the story behind Haiku Rhapsodies.
“One of haiku’s main appeals is that it focuses on nature or aspects of it. Haiku, in its brevity, captures those special moments in time when all our senses are awakened to the wonders and beauty of nature”
– Celestine Nudanu, Writer
Celestine Nudanu is a Ghanaian writer, a romantic at heart and a book reviewer. Girdblog had a chat with her about her writing life and her debut collection of poetry, Haiku Rhapsodies. We are delighted to share some of Celestine’s insights with you.
Girdblog: Who is Celestine Nudanu?
Celestine: Thank you. A simple question yet very loaded. Who am I? Celestine Nudanu is a middle aged woman who refuses to think like one. “I am a romantic at heart, and love a good romance story, though I shy away from erotica. Almost all my poems focus on love, or aspects of it…
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I’m very happy to be back my friends. Today I host on my blog a hot romance writer and friend, Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku of flirtyandfeistyromance.blogspot.co.uk An avid romantic at heart like myself, Stella’s spicy romance books are hot all over. Stella is celebrating the release of her latest romance, Wild Whispers with a blog tour including sumptuous giveaways. (details below).
Scarred but not broken, beautiful Adaora Dike made a tough choice early in life and she had no regret until she lost everyone and everything without warning. She finds comfort in a quiet home in the woods, deep in Dagor Village. Out there, Adaora discovers nature and animals do not condemn, only people do. One rainy night, a male shadow dashes across her yard, her heart flips over and she faces emotional chaos. While on a field trip in Africa, handsome photographer, Gary Mason gets stranded in the woods. He finds an abandoned shelter occupied by a lonely but lovely woman he cannot not get out of his head. This is one photography shoot he wants to forget, but Adaora has a firm grip on his heart and might change his life forever. Through many Wild Whispers, will Adaora and Gary change each other or will fate intervene to keep them apart?
Now relax and prepare to meet Ebele Okocha, a young character in Wild Whispers. Be warned she has strong opinions.
In your own words, please introduce yourself to our readers?
Thank you for this opportunity, this is my first interview. I’m Ebele Okocha, a ten-year old primary school student from Dagor Village in Edo North, Nigeria. I live with my parents and six brothers and sisters in a small house in Dagor Village. My friends and family call me a matured child because according to them, I speak older than my age.
Good to meet you, matured Ebele. How do you know a certain woman, called Adaora Dike who is the heroine in a new book, titled Wild Whispers?
You are very funny. Ah, Auntie Adaora is my good friend. She lives in this beautiful, big, green and white bungalow in the woods a small way from our house. I first met her as I searched for my lost coin under the dried leaves near her house. She helped me find my coin and she invited me to her house and gave me homemade biscuit and milk. She is the kindest person I know.
Sounds like you like Adaora a lot. Does everyone in Dagor Village know and like your Auntie Adaora?
Not at all. It hurts me to hear all the horrible things the villagers say about Auntie Adaora. They don’t even know her or speak to her but they judge her from afar. Even my parents come home telling tales about what they have heard others say about Auntie Adaora in the market square. I think some adults are not nice to strangers. It is so sad. But I’m not one to judge people without knowing them. So I made friends with her. Now I know Auntie Adaora and I don’t believe the mean things everyone else says.
Wow! You are one feisty young lady, Ebele. So do your parents approve for you to visit Auntie Adaora?
Shish! Can I trust you to keep a secret? You must not tell my parents about my visits to Auntie Adaora. I want to keep it quiet.
You can trust me to keep my mouth shut. Do you think Auntie Adaora has any special person she cares about?
Not until recently. I think the strange man who she helped likes her a lot. But Auntie Adaora does not know she cares about him yet. But I like him already. Gary is nice. But I will wait and watch her come to like him. Sometimes, I think some adults don’t know what they want until they lose it.
I’m curious, how do you know Gary likes Auntie Adaora?
Oh I saw the way he looked at Auntie Adaora when she was not looking. Hmmm…my eyes see things. When Gary talks about Auntie Adaora, his eyes light up like the bright stars up in the sky. And he surprised her with a lovely gift so soon after they met. Only someone who really likes you brings you gifts.
That is true. Finally, if you got a small amount of money what will you get for yourself, Ebele?
For me? Oh…I will buy lots of sweets, chewing gums, biscuits and pretty shoes. And if I had some left over, I will buy the English textbook I have been telling my parents to buy for me for a long time.
I know African names always have meanings. Do you know the meaning of your name?
I do. Ebele means mercy or kindness and that is what I try to be to everyone God brings my way. Our village needs more kind people. Like people who show mercy to others.
I hope you get all you want in life, Ebele. Thank you for chatting with us. Your Auntie Adaora has a great friend in you.
Oh thank you for having me. I enjoyed our chat.
Wild Whispers blog tour begins on Saturday 23rd April and ends on Thursday May 26th 2016.
Star Prize: One Wild Whispers Bracelet.
Other Prizes: Flirty & Feisty Romance eBooks of your choice (excluding Wild Whispers)
HOW TO WIN
Follow Wild Whispers on its exciting Blog Tour and leave comments on this blog. Lucky winners will be randomly selected.
Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku is a fun-loving mother of two teenagers, married to her gorgeous husband and best friend who indulges her romantic habits. Writing contemporary and historical romance novels is an exciting adventure for her. Out of curiosity and belief that love conquers all, she has written several Interracial & Multicultural Romance Novels.
In 2010, Stella created Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels, a collection of toe-curling, intriguing, and skin-tingling romance with compelling characters who have heart and soul and jump off the pages of the book. All her stories are dotted with twists and turns and are set in fascinating Africa, enticing Europe & enchanting America.
To experience and enjoy an intense emotional ride, pick up a copy of any of her novels: Loitering Shadows, Beyond the Lady, The Gardener’s Ice Maiden, Sparkling Dawn, Husband to Rent, Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series #1), Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series #2), Forbidden Dance, Stolen Valentine Kiss & Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series 2~ Books ~ in ~ 1), Tempting Desire, Seduced Hearts, Red Velvet Rose and Wild Whispers. Stella’s first historical/suspense/mystery romance, Royal Cowries (Cowries Series #1) will give you an insight into a different Africa.
A luxury home by the seaside is on Stella’s wish list. In her spare time, she loves to swim on her back like a starfish, watch TV, go to the movies with her family and read romance novels.
Hello wonderful folks, I have been gone for so long that I almost forgot I had a blog.. I miss you all I must admit. But my absence was a for a good cause. I needed time to finish my works in progress. Thank God I have been able to complete one of them (only one oo! Hmm!) A collection of haiku, Haiku Rhapsodies.
To say I’m excited would be an understatement. At the same time, I am humbled that my work, Haiku Rhapsodies, is going to be out there. Incidentally, I’m the first Ghanaian to have a haiku anthology published in my country. That fact sunk in only yesterday when a colleague mentioned it. That rather humbles me and make my heart goes ziiinnnnng!. I give all the glory to God.
On Saturday 23rd April, 2016, I will be launching Haiku Rhapsodies at PAWA (Pan Africa Writers Association) House, Roman Ridge, Accra Ghana at 1.00 pm. As a member of the Ghana Association of Writers, (GAW) which is under the PAWA, I get to use the venue for free. I wish to invite you all lovely folks to the event. I know you will all be there with me in spirit. The journey has not been easy, especially as an independent publisher. I had to edit and edit and re-edit the collection after it had gone through series of reviews. I particularly thank Kristjaan, the host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for his invaluable support. I’m also grateful to Adjei Agyei Baah, editor of the Mamba Journal and the African Haiku Network for his critique and great support. Special thanks go to Hamish Gunn for his lovely forest photo, and to Roxi St Clair for permission to use her quotes. And I know I could not have made it without your beautiful heartfelt support over these years of blogging. I thank you all sincerely from the bottom of my heart. I shall soon post the links to where you can get copies to buy. :-)
God willing, I shall soon join you on the blog. I have over a 1000 posts in my inbox and I simply cannot keep up. Pardon me for deleting and starting afresh. Thanks so much.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 63,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
I’m most grateful to all my blogger friends, who comment, like and even just visit. Without you my blog would have been obsolete. Special shout outs to Kristjaan of CDHK fame, Alice, Marie, (where are you?) Skye, (let me hear from you please) Kimmy, Gilly, Rosy, Joyce, Nomzi and Nana Prah; Kiru, Stella, Sandra, Al, Ste J, Trisha, Tish, Jules, Ese, Hamish, Kinna, Nana, Dela, Ricky, Jael, Tiny, Khaya, and Penny. Specials smiles for my Carpe Diem group, the Haiku Horizon and Haiku My Heart members (Rebecca, your love is appreciated and reciprocated) and of course the Friday Fictioneers whom I haven’t visited in ages. (sigh) Susan Daniels and Boomie, are you there? Longest time. :-)
Wishing you all a lovely New Year full of God’s blessings and more
Hi folks, I said I was going away for a while but I just had to come back and post this beautiful poem written by a dear friend and dedicated to her husband on the occasion of their twenty-second wedding anniversary. Enjoy.
(Specially for Nana Kwesi Agyepong
IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN YOU
There was silence
With my three friends we entered the Physics Lab
And there you were; you sat alone
Looking a little startled
as if your thoughts had been rudely interrupted
Our eyes met…….uh, my heart skipped a beat
my gaze still fixed on you
what was this strange feeling
your smile disarmed me
your voice confused me.
Your gentleness overwhelmed me
After twenty and two years…
It has always been you. It has been L.O.V.E..♥
Oh it’s been 22 years already
four beautiful and adorable girls
and all the happenings in between
but it has always been you
In sickness and in health
in joy and in pain
in distress and triumphs
it has always been you
So on the occasion of our 22nd wedding anniversary,
I am thankful for:
Your unconditional love
and attention and care for me and the girls
Being who you are and allowing me to be the person
I have always wanted to be.
Your patience, calmness and gentleness
which still overwhelms and me
For the next year and beyond
Stand by me and let us stand together
for it has always been you
Walk with me and let us walk side by side
for it has always been you
Run with me and let us run together
for it has always been you
Play with me and let us play together
for it has always been you..♥
Sleep by me and let us sleep together
for it has always been you..♥
Sing with me and let us sing together
For it will always be you..♥
Pray with me, and let us pray together
For it will forever be you…♥
Happy 22nd wedding anniversary my love, Nana Agyepong
and thanks for saying “I do” 22 years ago.
You still take my breath away
Copyright © Abena Agyepong
18th December, 2015
This may be my last post for the year as I will be breaking for a while to sort out my WIP. But I shall be back! Merry Christmas to all my lovely friends out there. Wishing you much joy, love and the peace that is Christ our Saviour. God bless you all.
fluffy flakes falling
manna from heaven
melts in a mirage
melting the coldness
in our hearts
Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 18/12/15
Days of Christmas
5-7 5-7 5-7 5-7-7
image of my child
salivates at nothingness
this drives me crazy
to put more energy in
fanning the fire
that will cook only water
to bathe off the grime
from scavenging on the heap
behind the MP’s mansion
it is Christmas eve
I can hear the chiming bells
last year the priest fed the kids
and winked at my girl
It is a no go this year
church charity stinks
but dare I reserve some pride
charity has lots of face
the Harmattan breeze
biting, burned and cracked my skin
charcoal a fiery red
The water now at a boil
waiting for the kids
to return to nothingness
now, what will they bring?
Freshly baked cakes, brown as earth,
bottles of coca-cola
with no expiry date or
stale crackers from yesteryear
moldy leg of a chicken
dry as the hag I’ve become?
Or my brand of emptiness?
Mama! There she is
dark skin glowing, defying
the harsh Harmattan
mockery of perfect skins.
her teeth flashed in smile
I swear the gleam in her eyes
made the Christmas lights
in the MP’s mansion pale.
now, she is me all over
(envoy or tanka)
she raise tiny hands
then I see the envelope!
ah, Harmattan breeze
her long tresses billowing
my husband’s gift waves at me
Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 11/12/15