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

  • (10/14/2017 3:32:00 AM)


    Splendid piece Chinedu. It's a great poem all the way. I call it the MANDELA MASTERPIECE BY THE MASTER HIMSELF. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (10/14/2017 9:22:00 AM)

    Awesome and beautiful comment. Thanks a million times Obiora and do remain blessed.

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  • (10/13/2017 10:28:00 AM)


    he was a man whose heart, soul, and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, It was he who rebooted the idea of Africa from a continent in chaos to a much more romantic view, one in keeping with the majesty of the landscape and the nobility of even its poorer inhabitants. He was also a hardheaded realist, as his economic policy demonstrated. To him, principles and pragmatism were not foes; they went hand in hand. He was an idealist without naiveté, a compromiser without being compromised.He achieved more than could be expected of any man, We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will ever share time with on this earth, but sadly he's gone home.. R I P The immortal icon- SIR MANDELA.

    THANKS So much Sir Edu You're indeed a great writer
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    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (10/13/2017 10:40:00 AM)

    Awesome comment. Don, thank you so much for your insightful appraisal of the piece. Always remain blessed.

  • Sasmita Rani Nayak (9/26/2017 1:41:00 AM)


    From abyss of darkness emerged The Institution;
    The Immortal Icon; and Mastermind of Rainbow Nation.

    A nice poem on Nelson Mandela.
    Tanks poet.
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    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (9/26/2017 5:35:00 AM)

    Hi Sasmita, thanks a million times for your beautiful comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Herojit Philem (8/14/2017 11:01:00 AM)


    Great Write (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (8/14/2017 2:35:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Herojit, thanks for your beautiful comment. Remain blessed.

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (8/14/2017 2:34:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Herojit, thanks for your beautiful comment. Remain blessed.

  • Sanket Jain (8/8/2017 7:18:00 PM)


    Good poem. Rhetorical devices really add beauty to the poem. Beautiful verse expresses vast versatile poet. Fine words at fine position with fine devices. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (8/8/2017 11:15:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Sanket, thanks a million times for your beautiful comment. Always remain blessed.

  • (7/26/2017 12:25:00 AM)


    I read your comment about My eternal man of Mr. Pezhman Mosle and I encouraged to read your poem. I really enjoyed reading it and appreciate you, Mr. Mosleh and one who celebrate Nelson Mandela. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (7/26/2017 3:10:00 AM)

    Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment. Remain blessed.

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/26/2017 12:40:00 PM)


    Dear, dear Chinedu,

    A wonderful tribute to a great soul!
    An incomparable Colossus,
    A super hero among the heroes of this world!
    Unshakeable determination,
    Undeterred by storms and struggles,
    Unanimously elected by the people of South Africa
    As their adorable leader,
    As their symbol of freedom,
    An apostle of peace!
    i salute the Immortal Icon - Nelson Mandela!

    Hundred stars for this poem
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    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (6/26/2017 4:13:00 PM)

    Hi 🙋 Geeta, your poetic appraisal of the piece is awesomely flawless. Thanks a million times. May your future be greater than your past and present would let you dream of. Remain blessed.

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


    well articulated poem
    a piece of art i must say
    thanks for sharing
    (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike Chinedu Dike (6/23/2017 9:07:00 PM)

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

  • 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.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Poem Edited: Sunday, September 17, 2017


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