Chinedu Dike

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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

  • Aakash Nengroo (6/23/2017 7:11:00 PM)


    well articulated poem
    a piece of art i must say
    thanks for sharing
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    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (6/23/2017 9:07:00 PM)

    Hi Aakash, thanks for your beautiful comment. Always remain blessed.

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  • Ivan Brooks (6/23/2017 3:06:00 PM)


    Chinedu, you have a gift and to write such a beautiful poem in tribute to one of the most beautiful souls to ever walk this earth, you've made Heaven in advance.
    ''Mandela, The Immortal Icon '' is penned with such deep knowledge of this great man, it encapsulates the important missing links to complete his man' s iconic and picture.

    Nelson Mandela, never before has a man's life, struggles and pains captivated and inspired so many worldwide, Never before has a man touched so many lives in an almost unfathomable and special way like that of this noble man.He was a man of his people and the special and brave fights he put up didn't just inspire so many of his people to rise up against an oppressed and racist system, it gave global attentions to the cries of his people in their pursuit of freedom.
    He was a true son of Africa, his story and deeds served as a beckon of hope for not only his people, but millions of people worldwide.The late Nelson Mandela will not only be remembered for his personal deeds and triumphant fights over adversities, his impeccable legacy as a freedom fighter and noble statesman who liberated his people from the jaws of apartheid will resonate upon the hills and in the valleys of nations the world over.
    Mandela was the true embodiment of hope, love, strength, peace..he was truly Mandela and forever will we as Africa's new generation, be forever blessed to have lived during his time...RIP Sir!

    Thanks for sharing bro
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    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (6/23/2017 9:12:00 PM)

    An insightful appraisal of the poem Ivan. Thanks for your kind comment of encouragement. Always remain blessed.

  • Dee Corpolongo (6/20/2017 11:01:00 AM)


    Excellent words written of a more than great man....He was amazing and will never be forgotten. His greatness shall live on in our hearts forever.
    You definitely titled this great poem perfectly....An Immortal Icon....thank you for sharing this with us.
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    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (6/20/2017 12:26:00 PM)

    Hi Dee, thanks for your beautiful comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Jon Chesterson (6/16/2017 4:04:00 AM)


    So many comments before me! Beautiful and fitting tribute to a great man and world leader. A very eloquent sonnet in form and rhyme, curious metre and capitals. In honour of the year he died I included a verse to honour the great man with a neologism embedded in nursery rhyme (5/8 verses) ~

    Gingerbread, earthquake,
    wind and flight,
    into the shallows
    she stirs with delight!
    Yolanda her gallows
    eye swirling bright,
    follow the rainbow,
    that Mandelan light.

    [Gingerbread Maker,2013]
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    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (6/16/2017 4:17:00 AM)

    Awesome appraisal! Thanks a million times for your insightful comment Jon. Always remain blessed.

  • Agbor Enya (6/13/2017 10:24:00 PM)


    Such a wonderful way to honor an immortal icon I must say I fell in love with the piece at the very early stage of it, Sun Of The Nation; A rare gift of Providence. one of my favourites lines. well done! ! ! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (6/13/2017 11:09:00 PM)

    Thanks for your beautiful comment brother. Always remain blessed.

  • (6/13/2017 7:04:00 PM)


    Wooooooooooow!
    I just feel like going through this continuously.
    This is just marvelous.
    It sounds so good and overwhelming!
    I love it.
    Mr. Chinedu, keep it up and thank you for commenting on my Verses For The Poets.
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    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (6/13/2017 7:36:00 PM)

    What an awesome comment! Thanks a million times for your kind words of encouragement Musa. Remain blessed.

  • Pritam Bhowmick (6/9/2017 2:06:00 PM)


    The poem is really beautiful in the lucidity it employs to put through the idea to the readers. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (6/9/2017 4:18:00 PM)

    Beautiful comment Pritam. Remain blessed.

  • (4/7/2017 4:39:00 AM)


    I feel like I can unread this poem so I can read it for the first time again. I love it (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (4/7/2017 10:39:00 AM)

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

  • Susan Williams (3/29/2017 3:13:00 PM)


    Mandela! The entire world's hero! Admired by good peoples everywhere and treasured till the end of time. Excellent tribute! I have read this before and I will read it again. Great poems are made to be reread often! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (3/29/2017 5:07:00 PM)

    A million thanks Susan. Remain blessed.

  • 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.

  • (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.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 15, 2016


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