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, liberty, nelson mandela, slavery


Comments about Mandela - The Immortal Icon by Chinedu Dike

  • Rosie Bourget (6/19/2018 7:46:00 PM)


    He will never be forgotten, nice of you the write a piece in regards to his memory. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (6/20/2018 9:09:00 AM)

    Hi Rosie, thanks for your beautiful comment. Remain enriched.

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (6/10/2018 6:16:00 PM)


    Typos: A work! Sorry for the inadvertent mistake! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (6/12/2018 9:12:00 AM)

    It's okay Dillip, typing errors are very common. Remain blessed.

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (6/9/2018 5:48:00 AM)


    An work of art! A great piece of poetry my friend! My pleasure reading it time and again! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (6/10/2018 4:01:00 PM)

    Hi Dillip, thanks for your kind words of encouragement. Remain enriched.

  • Chandan Dey (6/5/2018 3:30:00 PM)


    The great man Nelson Mandela is an infinite source of protest and love. When a poet like you writes about him, it produces a special feeling in us. Thanks Chinedu, for sharing this inspiring poem with us.
    Chandan
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    Chinedu Dike (6/5/2018 4:55:00 PM)

    Hi Chandan, thanks a million times for your insightful appraisal of the poem. Remain enriched.

  • Neil Stewart Mcleod (6/2/2018 11:25:00 PM)


    Being from Kenya, where we suffered a very different trial to the transition of power, I very much appreciate just how awful the South African conflagration was. Mandela avoided what could have been a bloodbath! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (6/2/2018 11:40:00 PM)

    Hi Neil, thanks a million times for your beautiful and insightful appraisal of the poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Tribhawan Kaul (6/2/2018 5:07:00 AM)


    A beautifully crafted poem on one of the greatest Gandhian philosopher. Thanks for sharing and also thanks for visiting my page. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (6/2/2018 8:17:00 AM)

    Thank you sir for your beautiful comment. Remain enriched.

  • Adrian Flett (5/31/2018 8:43:00 AM)


    A great sonnet to remember our truly wonderful statesman.
    His ability to believe in the cause and to forgive those who opposed him is a proof of his greatness.
    Such a moving tribute, thanks Chinedu.
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    Chinedu Dike (5/31/2018 1:23:00 PM)

    Hi Adrian, thanks a million times for your beautiful comment and kind words of encouragement. Always remain blessed.

  • Mahtab Bangalee (5/31/2018 1:52:00 AM)


    the heartiest loving words-

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

    superb 10+++++
    (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (5/31/2018 3:27:00 AM)

    Hi Mahtab, thanks a million times for your beautiful comment. Remain enriched.

  • Indira Renganathan (5/21/2018)


    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.' very poignant and desrving tribute dear friend....awesome beyond rating
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    Chinedu Dike (5/21/2018 1:05:00 AM)

    Thanks a million times for your awesome comment, madam. Always remain blessed.

  • Britte Ninad (5/20/2018 2:10:00 AM)


    excellent words tribute to the ever best greatest immortal icon

    nice 10+++++
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    Chinedu Dike (5/20/2018 2:47:00 AM)

    Absolutely beautiful comment. Thanks a million times Britte, and do remain enriched.

  • Ghazal Ebrahimzade (5/8/2018 8:47:00 AM)


    very influential poetry sir, very effective... i really like it. appreciating. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (5/8/2018 9:16:00 AM)

    Thanks a million times Ghazal. Remain enriched.

  • Bipasha D (5/1/2018 1:34:00 PM)


    An iconic poem for an Immortal Icon. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (5/1/2018 2:59:00 PM)

    Lovely comment Bipasha. Thanks a million times and do remain enriched.

  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/28/2018 11:08:00 AM)


    Mandela is a icon for generations of human kind to follow. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (4/28/2018 11:19:00 AM)

    Hi Narayanan, Thanks for your beautiful comment. Always remain enriched.

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (3/29/2018 2:10:00 AM)


    I have the highest regard for this great man who has made indelible mark through his deeds and philosophy! In each visit to this poem, I find a great motivation! Great! ! You have created a portrait that deserves to be glanced by many readers! I strongly believe this wonderful piece of work will give you infinite pleasure lifelong so also to your readers! God bless you Chinedu! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/29/2018 8:52:00 AM)

    Hi Dillip, thanks for your heartwarming appraisal of the piece. Remain blessed.

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (3/29/2018 2:10:00 AM)


    He is man who emphasized the true spirit of education and he believed that the standard of human civilization can only be enriched through quality education. I quote his words, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. (Cont..) (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/29/2018 8:54:00 AM)

    Beautiful comment from a great poet. Thanks Dillip and do remain enriched.

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/23/2018 10:29:00 AM)


    It is a great tribute to Nelson Mandela. It has been touchingly and astutely depicted. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/23/2018 11:23:00 AM)

    Beautiful appraisal of the poem, Kumarmani. Thanks and do remain blessed.

  • Devanshu Patel (3/21/2018 10:26:00 AM)


    ..simply a great tribute to a GREAT man! ...One of the great heroes of all time in the world... (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/21/2018 11:16:00 AM)

    Thanks a million times for your beautiful appraisal of the poem, Devanshu. Remain blessed.

  • Eve Roper (3/16/2018 9:01:00 PM)


    wonderful tribute to a great man.. enjoyed reading Chinedu (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/16/2018 9:32:00 PM)

    Hi Eve, thanks a million times for your beautiful appraisal of the poem. Always remain enriched.

  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (3/15/2018 2:00:00 PM)


    A stupendous write is always revisited by virtue of its power to motivate and inspire. This piece has this power. A great piece worth of being read again and again. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/15/2018 5:20:00 PM)

    Thanks Rose, for your kind words of encouragement. Always remain blessed.

  • Bipasha D (3/14/2018 2:19:00 PM)


    A magnificent piece that's worth several readings.
    Mandela is surely a Symbol Of The Struggle. He is also a symbol of patience and persistence...
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    Chinedu Dike (3/14/2018 3:51:00 PM)

    Beautiful and insightful appraisal of the poem, Bipasha. Thanks a million times and do remain enriched.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 13, 2018


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