“What shall I say, unto the Lord, all I have to say, is thank you Lord. Thank you Lord, thank you Lord, all I have to say, is thank you Lord.”
To my Lord my God I give him all the praise.
I got to know about BPPC in my early days as a 100 level students in the tertiary institution. I submitted. And I didn’t make it to the top ten, let alone win.
Since then, I’d been submitting for BPPC at least once or twice in a year. But I wouldn’t just make the top ten.
During FEAST OF WORDS, 2017. I saw that the anthology was been distributed to poets. And I was closed to tears. Like, what actually is going on with me. But I said to myself, next year, my poem must be there.
I submitted for some months as well. And during FEAST OF WORDS 2018, anthology for that year was distributed. And lo and behold, my poem wasn’t there. I collected it, and told two of my friends that I didn’t make it again. I told myself again. Next year, it will be there.
Late last year, I got to meet Sir Ogedengbe Tolu Impact to give him the certificate I collected on his behalf, being the winner of one of the months. We talked around Iwo-Road, till he was set to leave for Ife. Most of the things he exposed me to that day, I held them firmly. It’s more or less like a challenge to me. And I promised him I will do my best.
February 19, 2019. Sir Akinlabi Lolade told me BPPC is out. Humanly speaking, I felt depressed. But I summoned courage and told him, “I’m winning this”. I started preparing like never before. And thank God, the theme was something suitable for me at that moment. I didn’t rush it. Brainstormed. Prayed along. Finished. Prayed. Then submitted.
Long story cut short, God has just done it. I won the February Edition of BPPC, 2019. One significant thing here is that, I’d been submitting since my 100 level days. I never got shortlisted, let alone won. But now that I just finished my first degree, God did it.
This is GRACE. Thank you WRR. Thank you Brigitte Poirson. Thank you Sir Tolu Impact for the words of challenge. Thank you Sir Akinlabi Ololade for the words of encouragement. And to my sincere colleagues who helped me for the proofread, thank you all.
This particular poem is a piece born out of emotion and dreams. That’s why I live for poetry. And I’m glad such has gotten its fulfillment. This is another world for me.
Celebrating this together, please, let’s go and download the chapbook. The top finalists’ poems are there. So also the top 30. This is Divine Grace.

Thank you.



Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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  1. Comfort O Jesumudia. Zionelle says:

    Very happy for him I won’t lie. He’s an encomium of words.

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